While the evaluation of game film is still bar far and away the most important aspect of scouting, NFL teams send coaches and scouts across the country to work-out prospects to fill in the last piece of the scouting puzzle. Today we look at Syracuse, Florida International, Ohio State, Southern Mississippi and Texas A&M.
1. March 7, Syracuse: QB Ryan Nassib, OT Justin Pugh and SAF Shamarko Thomas:
Geno Smith is widely considered the top quarterback in the Draft by many in the media, but Nassib is right there with him on a number of NFL team’s Draft boards. NFL personnel that we spoke with love Nassib’s mechanics, accuracy and “gym rat” mentality/intangibles. However, because of the lack of deep passes attempted at Syracuse and his performance in the Senior Bowl practices, there are concerns about his arm strength. If he shows the good arm strength to make all the NFL throws that we are confident he has during his Pro Day, we believe he has a real chance to be a top ten pick in the Draft.
Protecting Nassib’s blindside at Syracuse, Pugh did an outstanding job. A quick and agile athlete with good footwork, Pugh easily was able to slide out to block explosive speed rushers and could re-direct back inside to handle quick counter moves. Unfortunately for Pugh, at the Senior Bowl his arms measured 31