Eli Manning has been the quarterback for the New York Giants since 2004. The 38-year-old two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP is past his prime and it’s unclear how much he has left.
As of late, there hasn’t been any talk about Manning retiring. He still wants to continue playing, but regardless, it’s time for the Giants to draft a quarterback.
In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Giants drafted quarterback Davis Webb in the third round. Webb had drawn praise from teammates, including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, as a “young Eli”. He was strongly considered the Giants’ future quarterback.
However, that was short-lived as Webb spent majority of the 2017 season as the third-string quarterback. He was unexpectedly released shortly before the 2018 season.
The Giants have the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. They need a quarterback they can further develop and improve so he’ll be ready to go when Manning retires. In other words, they cannot draft a guy only for him to stick around for a cup of coffee.
There are several quarterback options on the table for the Giants; Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma, Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State, Will Grier out of West Virginia, and Drew Lock out of Missouri.
In Murray and Haskins’ case, experience comes to question because they both only have one full year of experience in college. However, their accomplishments tell a different story.
Murray won the Heisman Trophy and Haskins led the nation in passing yards(4,831), passing touchdowns(50), and was a Heisman finalist. Lock and Grier both have at least two seasons of experience as starters. Grier, Haskins, and Murray all finished in the top five in the NCAA in pass efficiency.
The Giants lost eight games by a touchdown or less after going 5-11. Obviously, they can win with a solid starter under center. Also, they have talented offensive stars in Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley. Regardless of if they start Manning, the Giants need to draft a quarterback to avoid wasting their young stars.