New York Giants: Draft might not be best option for new QB – Part 1

Quarterback Eli Manning, New York Giants. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Quarterback Eli Manning, New York Giants. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Daniel Jones, Duke, 6-5, 220 pounds

You won’t find very many D1 head coaches more QB-friendly the Duke’s David Cutcliffe. He had a part in the development of both Manning brothers in college. Cutcliffe started Jones as a redshirt freshman in 2016 and the Blue Devils got better every year.

Even so, Duke was still 19-19 during Jones’ stay in Durham, NC. Last season he completed only 60.5% of his passes for a total of 2674 yards with 22 TD and nine picks. Not exactly standout numbers. Also, didn’t win any big games for Duke in 2018 either.

Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, 5-10, 195 pounds

It’s not easy to follow a Heisman Trophy winner (Baker Mayfield), but Kyler Murray did and won his own last season. Anyone who saw him play in 2018 witnessed some incredible athleticism. Unfortunately, Murray lacks the size of a traditional NFL quarterback.

The only starting QB in the NFL, close to his size is 5-11 Russell Wilson, and RW3 has 20 pounds on him. Next comes Drew Brees at 6-0. They are exceptions rather than the rule. Additionally, Murray only has 17 starts in his college career. Just like Haskins, he would also need some time to learn the game from the bench.

Others to consider

If West Virginia’s Will Grier is still available in the third round, Giants GM Dave Gettleman should consider trading up for him. He’s worth a flier there. Otherwise, the best of the rest, are late rounders who have a few tools, Ryan Finley of North Carolina State heads the list.