#1 – USC QB Sam Darnold
Giants co-owner John Mara reportedly sent out a directive earlier this season to start scouting the nation’s top quarterback prospects, and Darnold could very well end up being Eli Manning’s eventual successor in New York.
There is no guarantee the Trojans redshirt sophomore quarterback enters the 2018 NFL Draft, or that he will even make it past the No. 1 selection if Cleveland is on the clock. But that doesn’t mean New York shouldn’t target the 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback. Darnold was expected to be the consensus No. 1 overall pick entering the 2017 season but turnovers behind a shaky offensive line have led some to question his potential at the next level.
Miller ranks Darnold as the second best prospect in this year’s class, while Kiper ranks him No. 5 on his latest Big Board. Darnold struggled against Notre Dame last month but has looked good recently and has the Trojans in line to play for a Pac-12 title this season.
The Trojans quarterback checks all the boxes NFL teams look for in a franchise quarterback and would likely be too hard to pass up if available for Big Blue’s first-round selection.