Carl Nassib, DL
Penn State University
6’07” 277 lbs.
- Good Height/Length
- Relentless motor
- Uses hands well, strong punch
- Quick off the snap
- Smart, instinctual player
- One year wonder
- Average athleticism
- Limited pass rush move repertoire
Nassib is a nice story. He was a walk on at Penn State that was once told by coach Bill O’Brien to forget about any dreams of making the NFL. Nassib put on around 60 pounds, earned a scholarship, and lead the nation in sacks as a senior. If Nassib fails at the NFL level, it won’t be because he didn’t try hard enough. His relentless motor is obvious, and he’s said to live in the weight room.
Nassib put a ton of pressure on the QB by often being the first man off the ball, and using his energy to get to the Quarterback. He understands how to get to the Quarterback in the quickest and most efficient way possible. However, I worry that his effort sacks won’t continue at the NFL level. Effort is great, but technique and athleticism are better.
While he packs a strong punch and uses his long arms well, Nassib could stand to add some strength to his lower body so that he can anchor against the run more efficiently.
How he Fits (or doesn’t) with the Steelers
Nassib is an interesting fit in the Steelers’ defense. The team has shown interest in Jason Jones, who’s a former 5-technique turned 7-technique that could play in multiple sets for the Steelers. I could see Nassib filling that role as well. Right now, he’s probably a better fit for a 4 down lineman set. He has the length to be a more traditional 3-4 defensive end as well but he’d have to get better at sealing off the edge against the run.
Overall, I love the kid’s size and attitude he brings to the game, but the fact that he came out of nowhere makes me really nervous about spending a high draft pick on him. Nassib is the type of guy you love to bring in as a 3rd day pick to give you everything he’s got to make the team, but I don’t feel comfortable spending a 2nd day pick and expecting him to contribute quickly or plan on being the future of the position. If I’m the Steelers, I let someone else spend a 2nd or 3rd round pick on potential.
Draft Range Prediction
Late 2nd-Early 3rd Round