Mock drafts are already falling into a familiar pattern
Not only is Draft Season in full swing, but Mock Draft Season is well under way as well.
Daniel Jeremiah, former scout and draft expert for the NFL network, released his first mock draft of 2019 on Friday afternoon. After a 2018 draft season filled with mock drafts featuring the New York Giants selecting a quarterback, this year’s mocks are already falling in to a familiar theme.
With the sixth overall pick, Jeremiah mocks Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to the Giants.
6. New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins (QB, Ohio State)
Haskins lacks the ideal mobility, but he’s a pure pocket passer with excellent arm strength and accuracy.
Raptor’s Thoughts: My opinion on Haskins hasn’t changed since Mel Kiper Jr. mocked him to the Giants on Thursday.
Haskins’ age and inexperience are concerns for me, but his tape shows a player with the tools to be a starter at the next level. I’m less concerned about Haskins’ lack of “ideal mobility”, particularly after watching an increasingly ancient Eli Manning get out and effectively run bootlegs this past season. The biggest question, for me, is whether or not he will even be there for the Giants to draft at sixth overall. There will be trades, and if the Giants actually do want Haskins, they can only hope none of those trades are teams trying to jump them.
From a more human perspective, it would be a great story for the Highland Park native to learn how to be an NFL quarterback from one of his heroes and eventually take over as the franchise quarterback of the team he grew up loving. One of the best parts of the draft is the stories of the draftees, and Haskins living out every fan’s childhood dream would be the kind of story even Hollywood would reject for being too cliched.
On a side note, credit to Jeremiah for going out on several limbs with this mock draft. At the very least he gives us names to look at who haven’t gotten much press yet.