#1 – UCLA QB Josh Rosen
If Manning were to return to Big Blue, and the Giants were to take a quarterback in the first-round, Sam Darnold would make the most sense. But in this mock draft, Manning is no longer with the Giants.
For that reason, Rosen would be Big Blue’s first-round pick. The Bruins 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback is considered the most pro-ready signal-caller expected to enter the 2018 draft class. Rosen took the No. 2 spot on Kiper’s Big Board. He posted a career-best 146.3 passer rating this season and surpassed 3,500 passing yards for the second time in three years.
There are surely some concerns with how the UCLA quarterback would fit in the Big Apple and handle the New York media but there is no doubting his talent. Rosen has the arm strength, accuracy, and size NFL teams look for in a franchise quarterback and could be throwing touchdowns to Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram by midseason in 2018.
The 2018 NFL Draft is expected to have multiple quarterbacks with franchise potential. Rosen, Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Mason Rudolph, and Luke Falk all have the potential to develop into future NFL starters. But UCLA’s junior quarterback gives the G-Men the best chance to succeed if they elect to move on from Manning this offseason.