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Syracuse Quarterback Ryan Nassib: First-Round Pick?

As the 2012 season comes to a close, Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib has done a lot of things no one expecting him to. Is getting drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft next?

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Put that headline under Things 2009 Sean Never Thought He Would Write With A Straight Face. And yet, here we are.

Go give this radio report by Z89's Kevin Fitzgerald a listen and get to know just how many NFL experts and other folks seem to think it's not a question of whether or not Syracuse Orange QB Ryan Nassib will be drafted, but when. And that "when" might just be the first round if he keeps this up

Certainly a lot of biased folks talking up Ryan there, but also a lot of folks who aren't biased. The discussion about how the Rutgers' loss ended up being the game that really made NFL scouts notice Ryan is pretty interesting.

Ultimately, if you've been through enough college football seasons and NFL Draft timeframes, you know that what Ryan does once the season is over is going to be more important than anything he did wearing a Syracuse uniform. How does he look in workouts? How does he look at the combine? How does he do in interviews? All of that stuff is going to determine where he's drafted.

Still, that hasn't some from already saying he's the kind of guy who could not only play in the NFL, but start! How did we get here from that redshirt freshman who's name we couldn't pronounce who supplanted Cam Dantley only to get passed over for Greg Paulus just as quickly?

All we know for now is that Nassib will leave Syracuse as the school's best pro QB prospect since Donovan McNabb. He will leave as the Big East's all-time leader in completions and will be atop or near the top of just about every Syracuse passing record. And if the Orange make a bowl game, he's got a serious shot at passing for 4,000 yards and getting up over the 25 TD mark for the year.

Nassib has spent the whole year surprising us, not that it stopped many Syracuse fans from wondering if we should bench him around a month ago. So if he ends up getting drafted near the top of the board, I suppose it would just be par for the course given how much higher than expected other recent SU draft picks have gone (See: Waiters, Dion; Jones, Chandler).

What do you think? Can you see Nassib hearing his name called in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft?