The New York Giants know they’re in need of another quarterback to eventually take over the reigns from Eli Manning, and they also know they’re running out of time to find him.

For that reason, the Giants are expected to select a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft — something they passed on doing a year ago, instead selecting running back Saquon Barkley at No. 6 overall.

There had been a belief that, perhaps, the Giants would scan the free agent market for Manning’s successor, with names like Nick Foles and Teddy Bridgewater at the forefront. However, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports that Big Blue is trending towards a rookie quarterback instead.

The search for the next franchise quarterback will be undertaken in the draft, not free agency. The free-agent field will be underwhelming. Nick Foles is not likely to hit the open market, and even if he did, there are concerns as to just how talented and capable he is to lead a team of his own, rather than thriving as a gifted relief pitcher. As for Teddy Bridgewater, there are those in the league who believe he will never be the same after suffering a devastating knee injury in September 2016.

Does that mean it’s Dwayne Haskins or bust as some would imply? Not necessarily, although that may ultimately turn out to be the case.

It is not exactly Haskins-or-bust, but at this point, very early in the process, it appears the Ohio State redshirt sophomore is the only quarterback in this draft possibly worthy of the No. 6 pick. The Giants have yet to determine if Haskins should be taken that high and will study him relentlessly in the coming weeks, trying to pick apart every aspect of his game and personality. The size and arm strength are there. The production and passing records in the Big Ten are there. Now the Giants need to dig in and get as much information as possible to determine if he is worth a high first-round grade.

Haskins has been a popular mock to the Giants, but most projections aren’t exclusive to him. Kyler Murray is also a popular mock to the Giants, while Daniel Jones seems to be picking up steam of late.