Is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning a Hall of Famer? It’s a question that gets posed every year and generally ends in heated debate.
While opinions on the topic are mixed, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who grew up a Giants fan and is hoping to be drafted by the team in April, feels the answer is as plain as day.
“I think he’s a Hall of Famer,” Haskins told Steve Mariucci at the NFL Combine.
As an added bonus, Haskins said it right after trying on a Giants helmet for the first time.
Prior to his sit-down with Mariucci, Haskins had told reporters in Indianapolis that it would be “a dream come true” to be drafted by the Giants and to backup Manning.
“Growing up in New Jersey, I grew up a Giants fan, so it would be a dream come true going back home where my family is and play for that great franchise,” Haskins said last week. “There are a lot of really great skill players, so either way it happens throughout this process, I’m just going to be happy to be in the NFL. New York, of course, would be a great spot for me.
“I’m comfortable enough to be able to learn from someone that’s been there in front of me.”
Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula worked one-on-one with Haskins at the combine, which is worthy of note because there weren’t any other similar one-on-one situations. It was reminiscent of the 2017 NFL Combine when Giants scouts were seen working individually with running back Saquon Barkley.
Whether or not the Giants draft Haskins, the mutual interest is clearly there. And if Haskins is ultimately drafted by the Giants, it’ll be safe to take him at his word — he loves the team and would have no problem learning behind future Hall of Famer, Eli Manning.