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The New York Giants selected Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth round as the 110th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

"We have Eli (Manning) in the prime of his career and you actually hope this quarterback never plays," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "But what if something happens? You want to have a guy ready to go."

Tom Coughlin, a Syracuse graduate, was no doubt very familiar with Nassib, one of the top 50 players in the 2013 class according to NFLDraftScout.com. The Giants drafted Nassib's former Syracuse teammate, offensive tackle Justin Pugh, 19th overall.

Coughlin is also all too aware of what happens to management when a backup plan isn't in place.

Bill Polian, one of the most respected team-builders in NFL history, lost his job with the Indianapolis Colts in January 2012 in part, Polian said, because he didn't have a good enough plan when Peyton Manning's neck injury kept him out for the entire 2011 season and the projected Super Bowl contender finished with the NFL's worst record.

Reese stood by his philosophy to draft the best available talent regardless of team need. Veteran backup David Carr re-signed in March but his status is perilous with Nassib in the equation.

"We've been thinking about developing a quarterback behind Eli for a while now," Reese said. "We think this is a perfect opportunity for us to get a young quarterback with a lot of talent. The value was too high for us."

Manning currently leads NFL quarterbacks with 135 consecutive regular-season games played.

Nassib started for Doug Marrone with the Orange. He had a 26-10 TD-to-INT ratio as a senior to become the first Syracuse quarterback drafted since Donovan McNabb in 1999.

Richmond safety Cooper Taylor (6-4, 229) was the Giants' fifth-round pick (152nd overall). Taylor began his career at Georgia Tech and is a linebacker-strong safety "tweener." His father, Jim Bob Taylor, starred for the Yellow Jackets and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 11th round of the 1983 draft.
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