2016 NFL Draft Prospects: breakdown of Penn State’s Carl Nassib


Penn State’s Carl Nassib 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report.

Carl Nassib is a former walk-on who has worked his way into a legitimate NFL Draft prospect. He used his no-quit attitude to improve his frame and technique. This is truly a success story that could continue to grow at the next level.

Nassib does his damage thanks to his high-motor, snap awareness and solid initial burst. He’s routinely the first one out of his stance which gives him a jump on his opponent. Nassib was able to set a single-season record at Penn State with 15.5 sacks thanks to these traits.

This is a clip showing Nassib getting a good jump, flattening out around the edge and turning the corner for the sack:

Despite his success, there are some limitations to Nassib’s game. He features a thin frame that will require more bulk and muscle to hold up in the NFL. His lack of thickness shows when Nassib is asked to support the run.

He struggles generating a push, disengaging and anchoring at the point of attack. Bigger offensive linemen can control his movement if they’re able to get their hands on his frame. However, Nassib’s effort and awareness help him avoid some of these problems.

This clip shows him quickly getting off the ball and fighting his way to the ball carrier:

A lot can be said about a player who might be physical overmatched but still finds a way to make play. Nassib has shown flashes that make evaluators see a player who could become an impact player. He might not be at that level as a rookie, but there’s room to grow.

It would benefit Nassib if he spends his free time working some linebacker skills. If he’s unable to add bulk, he’ll be looking at a potential move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.

Current Draft Position: Late 3rd Round