Who should the Giants draft?
It seemed like just a normal Tuesday in the NFL on March 12th of 2019. Many teams were spending large amounts of cash on players who will most likely be on the trade block in a few years and many fans of the New York Giants were voicing their concerns at General manager Dave Gettleman for not going on a large spending spree with glaring holes throughout the roster after seeing guys like Landon Collins, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Oliver Vernon depart within the past year. But then lightning struck in New York City on that average Tuesday when it was announced that in a shocking move, GM Dave Gettleman agreed to a deal sending star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns for a pair of picks including a 2019 first (17) and a 3rd rounder along with former first round safety and former Michigan man Jabrill Peppers. This deal sent shockwaves throughout the NFL as the Giants sent their franchise player away for a mere mid first round pick. And weather you think this trade was a complete disaster destroying the franchise, or better, just a horrible move by the Giants, this deal did allow the Giants to be flexible and more opportunity to fill the glaring holes in their roster with 2 first round picks. One at #6 overall and now one at #17.
These are just some of the more realistic scenarios where the Giants would arguably drastically improve their roster with their first rounders. But the most glaring need of all the Giants need to address on day 1 of the draft is the Quarterback position.
For years, the Giants have been rolling with QB Eli Manning (now 38 years of age) who has led the Giants to a 5-11 season this past season and to a mere 3-13 effort the year before. While there have been obvious flaws in the rosters of these teams including an atrocious offensive line and a sub par running game for the majority of the time, it is Eli who deserves most of the blame. He under throws receivers, misses guys open on routs and simply has been on a decline in recent years. Just like many other QBs around the league reaching his age. But the Giants have been stubborn in moving on from the guy who has brought them 2 Super Bowls in the past 10 years. But even for all that he’s done for this franchise, it’s time to move on.
Last year after a forgettable 3-13 season, the Giants were in prime position to get the QB of the future with the second pick in the draft, but opted to go with running back Saquon Barkley. While Saquon is looking like one of the best runners in the league, they refused to quit on Eli which has been their Achilles heel.
While I’m not here to tell you exactly which signal caller the Giants should go with in this years draft, I will say that it needs to happen now, it needs to be a top guy, and importantly, it needs to be at number 6 overall in the draft. No more buying lottery tickets like Kyle Lauletta and Davis Webb later in the draft and I’m even going to say to not wait until pick 17 to take a guy like Daniel Jones. It’s gotta be at #6. It’s the only way.
Both heisman trophy winner out of Oklahoma Kyler Murray and Ohio states Dwayne Haskins would both be qualified to take over the reins from Eli Manning and be the face of this franchise. And either one could bring the Giants to success in future years.
Kyler Murray has shown to be a great precision passer who can get out the pocket and be a dangerous weapon with his legs. He led Oklahoma to a college football playoff birth where he picked apart the Alabama Crimson Tide who was the number 1 team in the country going for 308 passing yards and 109 rushing yards on 3 total touchdowns. Throughout his season at Oklahoma, Murray completed 69% of his throws with 11.6 yards per pass attempt on 42 touchdowns. He also ran for over 1,000 yards and punched it in 12 times on the ground. The now former baseball player has an amazing arm, and while he is a short 5’10,’’ he is extremely athletic and would be a great fit alongside Saquon Barkley in New York assuming he could fall down to 6. If he is there the Giants should absolutely grab him and run.
Dwayne Haskins is the other top Quarterback the Giants must consider at #6. Haskins dominated at Ohio State throwing for 50 touchdowns and putting 62 points on the number 1 ranked Michigan defense. Haskins showed he can succeed under the blitz at Ohio State and he checked out at 6’3’’ and 231 pounds at his combine measurements. Haskins is the prototypical QB height wise. Despite Stephen A Smiths “expert” analysts, Haskins really isn’t a QB who can run like Murray can, but he can move decently well in the pocket and throw the ball with amazing accuracy. Haskins can be benefit sitting behind a veteran like Eli Manning and then coming in a taking the job at some point in the season.
While either would be totally fine, the Giants must take a Quarterback at #6 overall to be groomed by Eli Manning and replace him to be the QB of the future. Both Murray or Haskins could fit that role if they are available at the Giants selection. They passed on a QB last season believing they could compete with Manning under center but were very wrong. Gettleman talked about using the “Kanas City Model” with a young QB meaning have the vet mentor the young guy and then have the young QB take his place. Which is what KC did with Alex Smith and Pat Mahomes.
At 17 it really depends who’s on the board. If they indeed take a QB at 6, the Giants will still have glaring needs at defensive end, right tackle, cornerback, linebacker, wide receiver and safety. They could use this pick to potentially draft Odell Beckham’s replacement by taking D.K. Metcalf or A.J Brown. Or they could take the best remaining player available from those remaining positions of need.
This draft is really important for the Giants to turn their bad fortunes of the past around and get this team back on track. It all starts with the quarterback position. I said it last season and I will continue saying it until #10 isn’t the QB of the Giants anymore... Gettleman must take a top QB with their high draft pick before they get stuck in mediocrity and then land in what Gettleman and many others fear which is “QB hell.” Get the QB now, weather it’s Haskins or Murray, then build around the QB on a cheap salary. That’s how you succeed. This is what the Giants must do.