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Why the New York Giants’ Fourth-round Selection of QB Ryan Nassib Makes Sense

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COMMENTARY | So let's get this straight.

The New York Giants have on their roster a two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback who is in the prime of his career and who has never missed a regular season start.

They also had an extra draft pick to use on some "glaring needs" such as linebacker, safety, defensive line, and offensive line thanks to their 2012 free agency losses outweighing their gains.

So why, then did the Giants not only burn a draft pick on quarterback Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse, who might very well never see the field, according to General Manager Jerry Reese, the man who signed off on the pick? Moreover, why would they trade up to get him and give up one of the extra picks they have in the process?

Relax, Giants fans. There's a perfectly logical explanation to all of these questions.

Reese spoke of the value that Nassib brings to the table as a player and notes that he could very well be in the mix to backup manning instead of David Carr.

But the real value that Nassib brings to the table is in the future.

Look around the NFL at the trades recently that have involved backup quarterback, such as Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia Eagles to the Arizona Cardinals), Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers to the Kansas City Chiefs), Matt Flynn (Seattle Seahawks to the Oakland Raiders). In each case, the trading team has come away with pretty good value in return - usually second round picks, which a team just can't get from the compensatory selection process.

Let's start with Kolb. Traded by the Eagles to the Cardinals in 2011, the Eagles received defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the Cardinals' second round pick in the 2012 draft. And thanks to the Cardinals 5-11 record in 2011, the Eagles got themselves an extra pick high enough in the second round.

Smith? The Chiefs gave up their second round pick this year and a conditional pick in 2014 which is believed to be at least a third round pick, but which could reportedly become a second round selection if Smith meets certain playing conditions.

Flynn? The Raiders sent their fifth round pick in the 2014 draft and a conditional pick in the 2015 draft. Not a bad way to make sure you have a couple of extra picks, regardless of what happens in free agency with the compensatory selections.

So let's get back to Nassib and the Giants. Even if Nassib never takes a snap for the Giants, he's already proven to be a valuable addition to the team if he can show something in the next several preseasons to where interest could develop in him by some team desperate for a signal caller.

And chances are that team will have a pretty nice spot in the pecking order, which would translate into the Giants getting some higher picks just for making what appears to be a sacrifice this year on a position that they really didn't "need."

That's called intelligent drafting because it takes the future into consideration while also seeks to make the present better at the same time.

And if the unthinkable should happen and the Giants need to call on Nassib to step in for Manning?

"We hope Eli plays for long, long time, and maybe this young man will never play. But if he has to play, we think he has a good skill set to help us win football games," Reese said.


Patricia Traina is a New Jersey-based, accredited sportswriter who covers the New York Giants for Inside Football and the Sports Xchange. She is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow her on Twitter @Patricia_Traina.

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