New York Giants: Draft might not be best option for new QB – Part 2

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At last year’s draft, Josh Rosen was selected 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals. With prototype size, 6-4, 218 pounds, and a good college resume, it was a home run pick for a rudderless organization. To mentor the young quarterback along, Arizona brought in veteran Sam Bradford. By game four, it was Rosen’s gig.

The youngster struggled, as all rookies do. After all, he was on a bad team. Still, Rosen had some good games, such as October 28, when he beat the San Francisco 49ers. That day Rosen completed 23 of 40 passes for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Games like that, however, were few and far between. Rosen finished the season with a 3-11 record. He completed 55.2 percent of his passes for 2278 yards and threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (11). A poor rookie season for a bad team doesn’t mean the baby should get tossed out with the bath water.

Enter new Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Arizona hired the former Texas Tech offensive coordinator for his dynamic, outside the box innovation. Rosen may be many things as a quarterback, but dynamic and outside the box aren’t terms one would use to describe his abilities.

He’s more of a pocket passer. Kingsbury’s offense may not be geared that way, which is why he would want to bring in his own guy.

The Giants, on the other hand, do use a classic drop back QB. A year of watching how Eli Manning does it could help Rosen become a prolific NFL passer. In my opinion, Rosen is worth the Giants first-round pick this year. He has a better skill set than quarterback they could draft with that selection.