Mock Draft has NY Giants taking under-the-radar QB at No. 9 overall

Joe Schoen, general manager of the New York Giants(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Joe Schoen, general manager of the New York Giants(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The long list of quarterbacks being linked to the NY Giants continues to grow, as we’ve seen multiple guys mentioned as possible long-term replacements for Daniel Jones. Well, how about some Pac-12 flavor this time around?

Draft Wire just dropped a new NFL Mock Draft leading up to the preseason and they expect the G-Men to receive the No. 9 overall pick next spring. If that does happen, then you can go ahead and put an end to Jones’ time in East Rutherford. With that, the team at Draft Wire thinks that Washington State quarterback Cameron Ward could make his way over to suit up for general Manager Joe Schoen and head man Brian Daboll.

Cameron Ward enters his first season at Washington State

Ward really is an intriguing prospect heading into the 2022 campaign. Ward transferred to WSU after putting up video game-type numbers last season suiting up for Incarnate Word. In 2021, Ward tossed for a mind-blowing 4,648 yards and 47 touchdowns. The 6-2, 220-pounder received loads of interest when he entered the portal.

"“The Giants declined the fifth-year option on Daniel Jones’ contract, so barring massive improvement from the former top-10 pick this season, the Giants will be looking for his replacement here,” Draft Wire wrote on NY. “Ward looked like he was playing NCAA Football 14 on rookie mode at Incarnate Word, and if he can do anything similar in the Pac-12, he could easily end up warranting a top-10 pick.”"

He ended up landing in Pullman with Washington State and he’s now expected to help the Cougars be competitive in the conference this year – potentially push for a Pac-12 title. With WSU expecting to have a big year, this could surely help Ward’s draft stock. Enough to put him into the Top 10 conversation? Potentially.

For the Giants, there’s plenty of question marks for them leading into the ’22 campaign, none bigger than the situation surrounding Jones. With the former No. 6 overall pick entering the final year of his contract after his fifth-year option was declined, Jones is playing for his future with the team.

He’s had some ups and downs during training camp, which has led to more and more talk about the Giants going with a QB in the first round in the next draft. There’s also been plenty of rumors and reports about a deal to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo from the San Francisco 49ers, but Giants supporters appear to be completely against that.

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With a monster campaign, Ward could solidify himself as one of the top QBs out there. He doesn’t currently have the same kind of buzz like Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Will Levis and others, but that most definitely could change in the coming months. If it does, then NY could keep a close eye on him once next spring rolls around.