Selecting a quarterback high in the NFL Draft is always a risk. The New York Giants are widely believed to be considering spending the sixth overall selection in this year’s draft on one of the lukewarm prospects available in this class.

Or are they? General manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur both broached the subject during their pressers at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

Both men reiterated that they saw no imminent reason to replace 16-year veteran and future Hall of Famer Eli Manning this year.

Manning has one season left on his contract and although it would be ideal to draft a young buck to learn under Manning’s wing in 2019, it would have to be the right young buck.

“At the end of the day, we saw what Eli was capable of once we gave him help,” said Gettleman. “He still can make big-league throws, he can still make the NFL throws, and it’s, I say it all the time, it’s the ultimate team game. It is, because 10 guys do everything perfect and an offensive lineman falls down, the guy gets whacked. So to answer your question, we looked at Eli and we feel good about him.”

That being said, time is running out on Manning. Sure, he’s in great condition at age 38, but what is the Giants’ plan for him after this season? Who will they turn to?

Gettleman and Shurmur gave some insight on what they look for in his franchise quarterback, which is what the Giants would expect a player taken sixth overall to become.

“You look at the core traits, and that’s why I say this, that once you’ve seen that they’re a really good player, you’ve got to determine whether they’re a very good decision maker,” Shurmur said. “That crosses over into all areas of their life, because we all know what we’re looking for from the face of our franchise. And when the game is over, they ask a lot of people what happened, but every week, they ask the head coach and the quarterback what they think. That player is thrust into a position of leadership and being the face of the franchise, so decision making is important, accuracy, timing, all of those things, and I think we’re looking for all that.”

The question remains: is this the year they roll the dice?

“It’s an interesting question,” added Gettleman. “I think at the end of the day, you can’t say to yourself, ‘I’m going to get him next year.’ You evaluate the Q’s, and you take the guy when you believe he’s the guy and it’s at the right spot. You can’t worry about the future because now someone else is going to say, well, in two years there are a couple college quarterbacks that are coming out that are really amazing. Who knows? If the right guy is there at the right time who we think is the right guy, we’ll pull the plug.”

Speculators and talent scouts all over the media are mocking players such as Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins or the Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, to the Giants with the sixth pick.

Not so fast, says Gettleman. He can’t understand how these so-called pundits are making these predictions prematurely. There’s still a long way to go before draft day.

“We’re just at the very beginning of the process,” he said. “You’ve got Indy, you’ve got the workouts, we’ve got private visits, we’ve got interviews. You can’t line them up now, and if anyone has them lined up now, God bless them. They’re smarter than me.”

We’ll see about that.