Should the Giants Target a QB Early in NFL Draft?

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Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois (10) drops back to pass against the North squad during the second quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Whether you like it or not, Eli Manning is not getting any younger and is a player past his prime with all the indications of getting worse. Eli, 33 years old, is coming off a season throwing 18 touchdowns to a ghastly 28 interceptions.

His days of winning two super bowls are long gone, and with his contract expiring after the 2015 season, maybe it is time to draft a young QB to serve as his heir if the next two seasons turn out to be as terrible as this one. This year’s class of QB’s feature some exciting front-loaded options, but also plenty of solid players that could pan out well in the NFL with the right team and coaching.

I am not an advocate of selecting a quarterback in the first round when the team has so many needs, which does not include the QB position, but this article will outline the possible prospects that can be a fit or nabbed in some of the earlier rounds.

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  • Joseph Bulger

    It’s good to think about it all, so I guess this is ok to consider. But consider, the Giants are hurting at blocking / pass protection, and their #1 WR has already left the building in his mind. This draft is, fortunately for the Giants, deep in blocking / pass protection, and WRs. JR can’t fix all his holes in FA, because the CAP won’t allow it, and frankly some positions have better talent in the draft than FA. They just pulled a QB off the board using 2 picks, and then had to carry a 3rd QB on the roster. That is what it is, and Nassib is arguably better than any of the guys mentioned in this article. So let’s all pray the Giants brain trust with new brain McAdoo are wise enough to trade down from that 12th overall for a late 1st plus another 2nd and/or 3rd in order to fix blocking and pass protection, which is what ruined the 2013 offense. They can exit the 3rd round having already landed great blocking TE Troy Niklas, top Guard David Yankey, top Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, and top Center Weston Richburg… “top” meaning not projects… the Giants have lots of blocking projects firmly planted on that bench, with no signs of becoming a top anything. All they’d need to finish fixing blocking / pass protection is Carlos Hyde, a fantastic pass protector with a great initial burst and a punishing runner. And the fabulous thing about JR coming away with that rookie roster, is the CAP hit it cost him to fix blocking / pass protection. Consider Justin Pugh at $1.8M in 2014 CAP… and David Baas at $8M in 2014 CAP. JR could have 5 Justin Pughs for one starting caliber FA lineman… oh… wait… Niklas, Yankey, Su’a-Filo, Richburg, and Hyde. Those 5 hit the CAP APY the equivalent of David Baas. So the Giants retire Snee, cut Baas on June 1st, and the rookies were a CAP wash… and blocking / pass pro is fixed for 2014. Too many rookies… can’t get it done? I’d suggest Pugh is ample proof that’s not the case.