Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: QB Ryan Nassib, G Larry Warford
At Dallas Morning News, I broke down a quarterback prospect that could interest the ‘Boys in the middle rounds of the draft in Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib.
One of the first things to note with Nassib is that he’s only 6’2’’ (74 inches). I researched quarterback success (in terms of approximate value) according to height. Historically, taller quarterbacks perform better in the NFL.
It’s not that quarterbacks under 6’4’’ can’t succeed—we’ve seen plenty of success from Romo and Drew Brees, obviously—but it’s just a game of percentages. Nassib’s height doesn’t mean he can’t be an effective NFL quarterback, but it’s something to keep in mind. It’s also worth noting that Nassib has an excellent build at 228 pounds.
Nassib recorded an impressive senior season, totaling 8.0 yards-per-attempt, 26 touchdowns, and 10 picks. Over the past two years, Nassib’s 48-to-19 touchdown-to-interception ratio is pretty good. He can make any throw on the field with his impressive arm.
The stat that concerns me most is that Nassib never completed more than 62.4 percent of his passes in any season at Syracuse. That’s a low number for a college quarterback, and it makes sense when you watch Nassib on film. His arm strength is outstanding, but he’s an inaccurate passer.
Check out the entire report at DMN.
And at NBC, I studied Kentucky guard Larry Warford.
Warford is a relatively short and stocky interior lineman (6’3’’, 333 pounds). He doesn’t carry that weight extremely well—he has extra bulk in the midsection that slows him down—and his arms are rather short at just under 32 inches. That would be a major concern if he played on the outside, but even at guard you’d like to see arms in the 33-inch range.
Warford does a good job of using his strength to negate any advantage defenders with longer arms might have. He gets into their chest and then controls them with ease so that they can’t extend to get separation. Warford’s strength is superior to that of fellow guards Jonathan Cooper and perhaps even Chance Warmack, allowing him to win in short-yardage situations. That’s a really important and underrated trait for guards.