NFL Draft: With QBs dropping, Giants will have less to choose from

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I had a feeling cooler heads would prevail as the NFL Draft got closer. For months now, quarterbacks have been mocked by experts to be among the top ten players taken on May 8th.

Now that team executives, scouts, coaches and pundits have witnessed most of the prospects via the Combine, pro days and other workouts, the collective grades of QBs Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater have been dropping across the board.

From Michael David Smith of PFT:

“As we get closer to the draft, we’re hearing more talk that the stock of the top quarterbacks (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles) is dropping. And Peter King of TheMMQB.com now reports that the four teams in the Top 5 with quarterback needs — Oakland, Houston, Cleveland and Jacksonville — are all strongly considering passing on quarterbacks in the first round and drafting one in the second or third round instead.”

That’s good news for the teams atop the draft order, as they won’t get punk’d by fool’s gold. But for teams like the Giants, it’s the worst-case scenario. At No. 12, the Giants were hoping for some of the top non-QBs to be waiting there for them: Taylor Lewan, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron and Aaron Donald. Now, with teams passing on QBs, those players could be gone by the time the Giants pick.

It’s not shocking to me, in fact, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why those QBs were rated so highly. Although they are the highest-rated QBs, they are far from the highest-rated players in this draft. In my opinion, only Manziel is worthy of early first round consideration because of his jersey-selling, seat-filling ability as well as his national appeal.

The Giants could find themselves in an unlikely place in the first and second rounds in this draft. It is very possible they stick to their “best player available” and draft a player at a non-need position. Then again, they might find themselves in position to grab a difference-maker on their roster. We’ll find out in 24 days.




12 comments
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

This was a concern of mine weeks ago as I mentioned this as a possible scenario. Personally; I don't see more than 1 of the QB's dropping out of the top 10. I believe Bortles and Manziel will be taken within the top 10. Bridgewater is the likely candidate to go somewhere between 20-30. Current mock drafts still have the usually suspects through 1-7 in the 1st round in no particular order (Clowney, Robinson, Bortles, Watkins, Matthews, Mack, Manziel). The Giants will have at least 3 top prospect to choose from that they will be very happy with. Their selection will be based on BPA and not need

J Bernard
J Bernard

draft a player at a non-need position?? What position still isn't a need?

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Assuming no QBs in the top 12, that leaves the GMen with these top IMHO:

Watkins

Evans

Clowney

Mack

Lewan

Matthews

Robinson

Barr

Donald

Dennard

Gilbert

Martin

In no particular order. Martin and Barr are the only two I wouldn't want at 12. But wouldn't be disappointed with them either.

mcfly
mcfly

This is the worst case senerio for the giants. The more QBs taken in the top 10 the better.

Having said that, I don't disagree with teams shying away from this QB draft class. The level of separation of talent between the #1 rated qb and the #5 qb is minimal. The argument could be made for Johnny Football, but not many teams are willing to jepordize their franchise for 4 years on what is the perfect example of a boom or bust player.

Bortles has the tools and the frame you look for, but that doesn't necessarily mean success in the NFL.

Bridgewater reminds me a lot of Geno Smith (actually slightly better). I would not put a 1st round status on him (or any qb in this class actually).

Carr, in my opinion won't amount too much. The one time he faced good competition he crumbled.

The real interesting prospect is Garoppolo. He is a project, but has the highest ceiling IMO

mcfly
mcfly

Going on the assumption of no QBs the players who we can choose from (not including CBs because I think we are set there for next year):

Ebron (fills a need; boom or bust player)

Beckham Jr (intriguing prospect)

Jennings (good run stuffer)

Hagenman (intriguing prospect)

Barr (not a fan, but he meets a need)

Martin (will most likely be a G)

Clinton-Dix (don't need a safety)

I wouldn't want Martin or Dix. Not a big fan of Barr either.

mcfly
mcfly

I do like Murray. Makes good reads and faced some of the best defenses in college. He could be one of the biggest steals in the draft

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I forgot Ebron. I think I would just take th leap and grab Benjamin at 12 if it came down to the nitty gritty. But if no QBs come off the board by 12 (highly unlikely), then they could probably get a kind ransom in a trade.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi Trading down could very well be an option for Reese.. deep draft and getting an extra in either round 2 or 3 would benefit the Giants.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I think trading down is the way to go if Evans or Lewan are taken (assuming no one major drops).

mcfly
mcfly

Could trade down for Benjamin who is ranked by most the #5 or #6 WR. Outside of the championship game, I haven't seen much of him (so I can't really tell you if I like him or not). If that was the path we went, it wouldn't be bad to trade down and get more picks.