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Former Syracuse football players, quarterback Ryan Nassib and wide receiver Alec Lemon, had their turn to showcase their skills at the 2013 NFL Combine on Sunday. By days end, there wasn't much negative to say about both players.
Despite starting off the day with a disappointing 40-yard dash time of 5.06, which was the 12th-best time posted by a player at the position, Nassib was able to showcase a lot of the skills that made him one of the program's most prolific passers.
The 6'2, 227-pound signal caller, believe it or not, threw a few nice deep balls that impressed NFL Network commentators and showcased his arm by zinging a lot of accurate intermediate passes during drills.
Nassib's numbers in the vert jump (28.5"), broad jump (105"), 3-cone drill (7.34 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.53 seconds) didn't stand out among the crowd of other quarterback prospects.
However, from what I was able to see Sunday there was a lot of good things to say about him.
Overall, West Virginia's Geno Smith posted the fastest 40-yard dash time by a quarterback (4.59 seconds), but as former Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh, who participated in drills Saturday (oh, and joined me for Part I of a mega two-part TNIAAM podcast on Sunday), pointed out on Twitter there's an important stat Nassib has over the possible No. 1-overall selection.
Overall, Lemon posted seven reps on the bench press (he told Syracuse.com's Michael Cohen earlier this week he was shooting for 11 or 12 reps), 32 inches on the vert jump, 112 inches on the broad jump, 7.04 seconds in the 3-cone drill and 4.29 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.
By days end, both former Syracuse stars neither hurt or really helped their possible draft stock. The good news is both should hear their name called come April 25-27 when the 2013 NFL Draft takes place in NYC.