Over the past few seasons, New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning and his recent struggles have been well documented. I have decided to not go into all the likely momentous details about how exactly he has struggled. If you’re reading this chances are you’re a Giants fan and know darn well anyway. Instead what I will say is Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese (assuming he is retained) needs to start looking for his long term “answer” at the quarterback position. When it boils down to it, the Giants should strongly consider drafting quarterback Brett Hundley.
At 33 years old, Eli Manning is a two time super bowl MVP, and deserves, at least for the interim, the benefit of the doubt that he’ll turn things around. Even still denying Eli’s recent struggles and him getting a little bit older, would not be a smart move by Reese and company. As presently constructed Eli is far from the biggest problem on the roster.
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Perhaps if we were making a top ten list of the Giants problems, Eli’s name would come in very near, or even at the bottom of the list, one (top) being the most significant problem, ten (bottom) being the least significant. However, Eli’s play over the past few seasons is far from where I believe it should and still can be.
With the Giants now forced to consider rebuilding in some shape or form, I feel management must consider drafting a quarterback in this year’s upcoming NFL draft. I am not asking for the Giants to trade up and attempt to pick Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, no. Instead, I feel New York would be wise to, and better off taking a quarterback they preferably can groom to be their future starter, in ideally the second round.
I see this as in concept being a move to acquire your quarterback for the future, one that can hopefully replace Eli, three or four years down the line. The ideal scenario would most accurately resemble what the Green Bay Packers accomplished a few years back, drafting Aaron Rodgers. Aaron was picked not to fill a present need, but to fill a future necessity.
Essentially Green Bay picked A-Rod to be their future quarterback, and to replace then starter Brett Favre, once his time was up. It’s like coach Belichick always says “it is better to get rid of a player a year too early, then a year too late.“
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for the Giants to replace Eli at this time. That would be, in my opinion, outlandish. What I am saying though, is with the team in the midst of a rebuild, looking towards the future, and taking advantage of Hundley possible being available, would be a very wise move by the franchise.
The best NFL general managers find an equal medium between winning now and keeping the future in mind. For the Giants drafting Hundley in the second round would be exactly that and then some.