IDP Rookie Impact Series: Carl Nassib DE CLE

Written by Bruce Kimbrough (@fatkat52)

Carl Nassib’s road to the NFL is truly a Cinderella Story. A preferred walk-on at Penn State, for two years he only saw the field on special teams. But when he put on 60lbs and got the chance to start, he never looked back. Think Bill Murray as Carl Spackler in Caddyshack (1980). Nassib led his team with 15.5 sacks (team record), 6 forced fumbles and 19.5 tackles for loss in his senior year in 2015. That performance made Nassib an All-American. He earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, the Lombardi Award (goes to the nations Top offensive and defensive lineman) Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive lineman, the Nagurski Trophy and, perhaps most impressively, the Lott IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity). But the biggest question out of this Cinderella Story was how the NFL scouts were going to rank this one year wonder? Was the glass slipper going to fit their NFL Team and Scheme???

Draft Day:
With the 65th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns selected DE Carl Nassib, formerly of the Penn State Nittany Lions. He went about where he was expected to be drafted but a bit of a surprise sense the Browns had just drafted Emmanuel Ogbah DE the round before with the 32nd pick overall. Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton will play Ogbah at OLB and Nassib will be playing DE but who knows as Horton plans on mixing it up with his schemes.”The genesis probably comes from the 3-4 of Pittsburgh because everybody is familiar with that, but since I left, I’ve changed quite a bit and we do some things they do not that are unique to us,” Horton said. “The personnel here will allow me to do even more creative things. I’ve talked about a multiple defensive front. It could be a 3-4, it could be a 4-3, it could be a 5-2, sometimes it will be a 4-4 depending on what we do. I guarantee we’ll have 11 on the field but the arrangement and configuration will be limitless.”

At the 2016 NFL Combine Nassib ran a 4.84 40-Yard Dash, a 1.62 10-Yard Dash Split, a 7.27 (3) Cone Drill, and put up a 4.37 20-yard shuttle; he also Bench Pressed 225 lbs 21 times.  He posted a 28.5″ Vertical Jump, 114″ Broad Jump, with a 11.64 Agility Score.  He has been timed running a 4.71 40-Yard Dash.

6’7″, 277 lbs, 34 1/2″ Arm Length, 10 3/8″ Hand Size; Good size for DE and has room for more muscle as well as weight, especial on his lower body.

He’s tall with a long wingspam who bends well and can get low for his height. He is athletic with good balance and light on his feet even after putting on the 60 lbs since high school.

 Only started 13 games and hamstring problems the last two games of the season.

Pass Rush
Has a good first step with average snap anticipation (not bad for 1 year start) to get up field with straight line speed. Excellent nose for the ball and feel to find and get to where it is. He has a few moves over the arm, arm rip, and lean in, and he uses his speed to get to the QB. I think with time, snaps and coaching he’ll get better overall – like I said, he’s only started 1 year.

Run Defense–
With a good first step, playing LOW with good pad level for his size and with the use of his arms explodes into and off blocker in the run game to fill the gaps.  Good job on timing and arm strength to push off and shed blocks to put himself in position to make the tackle.

Nassib is a good tackler but not a great one at this time. A lot has to do with getting used to his size and comfortable with his position, which I think will come with Snaps and coaching. Sometimes has a hard time wrapping up the ball carrier but does do well getting to the QB.

I think he is a natural at finding the ball is on the field, as he played well on the QB option plays to make the right decision who to tackle. He’s a smart player on and off the field and to get that many sacks he had to have good instincts.

If Nassib can get more lower body strength he wont be stuck at 6-tech and will be able to play 3-tech inside pass rusher and a 5-tech 3-4 DE in Horton’s Defensive Schemes.

Has a non stop motor, which can be a good thing or bad thing. It sometimes gets him in trouble by running by the ball carrier or QB. But he does not stop till the play is over and is always getting after the ball.

Veteran Player Impact:
Well Nassib had a perfect opportunity to step in after starting DE Desmond Bryant is probably out for the season but has been sidelined for a undisclosed reason say Browns. He’s going to be ready for training camp but has a lot of ground to make up and can’t miss any more days at camp if he wants to play early in the season. So if Nassib can be ready for training he has a good chance to get a lot of early snaps with 2nd year player Xavier Cooper.

Dynasty/Re-Draft Fantasy Value:
Re-Draft it all depends on if he’s healthy at training camp if so he may be worth a roster spot in deep leagues if no a waiver wire pick up when he starts picking up enough snaps, so watch for my IDP Waivers. As for Dynasty I think he could be a late round pick in deep leagues if he’s in training camp and getting some first team snaps. After all Bryant is in his 8th year and the coaches are very high on Nassib and Cooper for the future of the Browns. With Bryant I know I have and I’m sure the coaches have been waiting for his breakout year that has come yet, and his chance is slipping by with all these young D-Lineman the Browns have been drafting the last few years, so it may be his days are numbered with the Browns. I have Nassib as my 7th Ranked Rookie Defensive Lineman in DFW Defensive Lineman Rankings where is ranked 6th for July Rankings.

Dynasty ADP:
Nassib is Ranked 98th (7th round) in DFW Dynasty OFF/IDP Rookie ADP but I can see him moving up with a bullet if he’s healthy for training camp.

I wasn’t very high on Nassib when I started this Rookie Impact on him, but my overall thoughts on Nassib now are That I can see a path for him to put up some Fantasy Points this year. He is very raw and has a huge upside with Bryant being out, and his ability to get to the QB – which the Browns need so desperately – is a bonus, but that’s not to say he doesn’t need a lot of work. With more snap time, being a gym rat, loves practice, putting some lower body strength and learning from the coaches and Vet players he could be a starter by 5th or 6th game. Plus winning the Lott IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity) is big for me, he listens!!! I’m going to be drafting him more in my leagues!!!

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