The Eli Manning era will continue in 2017, but it’s time to find his heir apparent. Who should the New York Giants consider selecting in the 2017 NFL Draft?
Eli Manning has been the starting quarterback for the New York Giants in every game they’ve played since his first start in 2004. His streak of 201 consecutive regular season starts ranks amongst the most impressive feats in NFL history.
For as much of an iron man as Manning may be, the time to find his heir apparent has officially arrived for Jerry Reese and the Giants.
Manning is coming off of a season during which he completed 63.0 percent of his passes and threw for 4,027 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. Over the course of his final seven regular season starts, however, Manning had seven touchdowns to six picks.
Manning didn’t necessarily play poorly in 2016, but at 36 years of age, Giants fans saw glimpses of his mortality.
Even if Manning had played at a high level, he’s approaching 40 and is losing some of the tread on his tires. It’s rare that players go until the age of 40, and while Manning has been incredibly durable, New York approaching the end of an era.
With Manning’s war with father time approaching its conclusion, it’s only fair for the Giants to draft a player to groom and develop behind him.