Position: Defensive end.
School: Penn State.
Combine measurables: 6-foot-7, 277 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.84 seconds. Bench press: 21 reps. Vertical jump: 28.5 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.27 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds.
Career stats: 22 games, 64 tackles, 24.0 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, one interception, seven forced fumbles.
Draft projection: Second-third round.
Lowdown: The younger brother of Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib, Carl Nassib went from being a preferred walk-on to leading the NCAA in sacks in 2015, recording a school-record 15.5 despite playing just four snaps in the final two games because of a hamstring injury. His six forced fumbles also topped the NCAA. Nassib was a unanimous All-American who also won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Lombardi Award as the nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman and the Ted Hendricks Award as the best defensive end. He was also a finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, which goes to the nation’s best defensive player. … A one-year wonder in the truest sense of the term. Nassib had never even started a game in high school until his senior year at Penn State. He added more than 60 pounds in college, and impressed teammates and coaches with his work ethic. … Played mostly at left defensive end out of a three-point stance in Penn State’s 4-3 defense. Has the frame to fit 3-4 defenses, as well. … Graduated with a degree in biology and wants to attend medical school when his football career is over. … Still needs to develop a larger arsenal of pass-rush moves.
They said it: “I would not count out Carl Nassib from becoming a really good defensive end in the NFL.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock
– Jay Skurski
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