INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Nassib scanned Twitter during the NFL playoffs and noticed someone called the Philadelphia area "QB County" because Exton's Matt Ryan, West Chester's Matt Schaub, and Audubon's Joe Flacco were each playing.
Nassib, who takes pride in his Philadelphia-area roots, enjoyed the reference. He will be the next local quarterback to join the fraternity, calling fellow Chester County natives Schaub and Ryan "great role models."
"We're from Chester County, but it's still the area," Nassib said.
A former Syracuse standout who grew up in West Chester and went to Malvern Prep, Nassib is one of the top quarterbacks in this year's draft and had the opportunity to impress NFL teams at the league's combine. A strong showing could help put him in conversations for the first round of April's draft.
"Four months ago, my goal was just to get drafted, period," said Nassib, whose stock rose during his senior season. "It's not so much the first round. People I trust, people who advise me, they keep saying it's not when you go, it's where you go."
As is often a requisite for players from the area, Nassib noted how he would love to play in Philadelphia.
His family has season tickets to the Eagles, and he joked that he might not move across the bridge to New Jersey because he has so many friends in the area.
He called the possibility "a dream come true," although the Eagles would likely be interested in more of a mobile threat if they pursue a quarterback.
Nassib is more of a drop-back quarterback, even though Syracuse interspersed the read option into its playbook last season. He said he could play in any system, and he will likely be in demand as teams get the chance to meet with him in Indianapolis.
"When the coaches get involved in the evaluation, they'll start to fall in love with this kid because of his work ethic and intelligence," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "He'll get on the board, and talk games, and talk fast protections, and coaches are going to really like Ryan Nassib."
Nassib said he's "addicted" to watching film and finds it "frustrating" to watch games on television because he cannot see the whole field.
That football knowledge was refined while he was a three-year starter at Syracuse and has played in different schemes. His coach was Doug Marrone, who is now the Buffalo Bills' head coach and was once Drew Brees' offensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints.
"I've learned a lot of football; football's my passion, it's my favorite subject in school," Nassib said. "Football language is something I enjoyed doing."
Nassib has been working in Syracuse with former NFL and college coach Paul Hackett and former NFL quarterback and quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson. They watch cut-ups of NFL games and different NFL quarterbacks.
"He's got good, physical attributes, not great," Mayock said. "But good, physical attributes and all the intangibles, toughness, intelligence, and work ethic. He's going to start to quietly climb boards between the combine and the draft."
Nassib is also aware that he's representing "QB County" - a distinction that draws a smile. Nassib used to watch Ryan at Penn Charter, which is in the Inter-Ac with Malvern Prep. He grew up minutes from West Chester East, where Schaub attended.
Temple running back Montel Harris is at the combine after rushing for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns in his only season with the Owls.
Harris needed to answer questions from teams about why he transferred for his final season, although his strong season at Temple kept him on the NFL's radar.
"The NFL was on mind the whole time," Harris said. "Two of my coaches from Boston College were at Temple, they just had a running back go in the third round, so I'm thinking, 'They run the ball. They had a great running back go in the third round. So, why not go to Temple?' "