Defensive end Carl Nassib did not start in a single game during high school. He did not receive a full ride to one of the nation’s top NCAA football schools. He did, however, catapult himself from a Penn State walk-on and bench warmer to a third round NFL draft pick – and the guy is just getting started.
Nassib grew up in Pennsylvania where following the Penn State Nittany Lions was close to a religion – think Columbus, Ohio but not such an awesome team. According to Nassib, it was his love of Penn State that led him to become a walk-on for the Nittany Lions.
The two-time All-American made waves as soon as he hit the field, logging 10 sacks in his first six games. Nassib built on that success and in the 2015 season, he set a school record with 15.5 sacks. Nassib also took home numerous awards including being named the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, the Hendricks Award which is given to the nation’s top defensive end and the 2015 Rotary Lombardi Award for the best NCAA lineman or linebacker.
Clearly, Nassib was a man on a mission with something to prove. At the combine, Nassib had respectable stats 4.84 in the forty and a vertical of 28.5. Sources tell me that Nassib’s intuitiveness and sense of urgency make him a coach’s dream. While he may need time to develop his talents, Nassib has football in his DNA. His father, Gilbert Nassib played at the University of Delaware, his older brother Ryan Nassib is currently backing up Eli Manning with the New York Giants and his younger brother, who also is a defensive end, plays for the University of Delaware.
Our Browns think highly of Nassib and look forward to watching him grow as a player. Browns Vice President of Player Personnel Andrew Berry lauds Nassib for his perseverance as a self-made player. Berry is also quick to praise Nassib’s strength and his “go go gadget arms.” This gives me hope for a ‘Go go gadget Lombardi Trophy’ one day soon.
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