The New York Giants pulled a stunning move in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday, moving up in the draft to select Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib. The Giants traded their fourth-round pick (116th) and a sixth-round pick (187th overall) to the Arizona Cardinals to move up and select Nassib.
The Giants have long sought a young quarterback they could develop as a backup for Eli Manning. In recent years they tried and failed with Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar. Nassib, who some thought prior to the draft could be a first-round selection, is the highest profile quarterback the Giants have brought in as a potential backup.
This was the second trade for a quarterback made in the fourth round. The Philadelphia Eagles began the day by trading with the Jacksonville Jaguars and selecting USC quarterback Matt Barkley.
Reese: "We have Eli in the prime of his career, and you actually hope this QB never plays. But again, what if Eli, something happens?"— Jenny Vrentas (@JennyVrentas) April 27, 2013
Nassib was the No. 1 overall prospect on the Sports Illustrated Big Board, with SI saying they are "confident that he will develop into a high end starting quarterback in the NFL."
Giants' Draft Choices
Round 1 (19th) -- Justin Pugh, offensive lineman, Syracuse [Reaction, analysis]
Round 2 (49th) -- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State [Reaction, analysis]
Round 3 (81st) -- Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M [Reaction, analysis]
Round 4 (110th) -- Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse