Most mock drafts have remained relatively steady for the New York Giants this offseason, with the majority projecting either Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins or Duke quarterback Daniel Jones to Big Blue at No. 6 overall.
However, with less than a week to go until the 2019 NFL Draft, Gary Gramling of MMQB decided to shake things up substantially and hit fans with a massive hail mary projection.
In his latest mock draft, Gramling has the Giants trading up with the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 1 pick overall, where they take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.
1. *PROJECTED TRADE UP* N.Y. Giants (from Arizona): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
If there’s one thing you should know by now, it’s that this pointless, weeks-long lead up to the draft serves only one purpose: A chance for veteran GMs to troll you. Yes, you, person who has been whipped into a frenzy because you’re sure Dave Gettleman is going to sign Eli Manning to a fully guaranteed 78-year contract extension this summer. Last year it was a chance for John Dorsey to get all his Baker Mayfield/food truck material out there, at least until Netflix green lights the special. This year, well, who would love to mock you more than Gettleman?
And I know what you’re saying now: Kyler Murray isn’t the Giants’ style of quarterback. But a year ago, the conventional wisdom was that Dorsey would only take a quarterback who was tall enough to dunk from a standing position and had enough arm strength to shatter a human sternum with a football. But the game is changing. And people change. Dorsey took Baker Mayfield. Andy Reid and Norv Turner run two of the league’s most forward-thinking offenses. Your spouse doesn’t look at you the same way and you know something’s wrong but you no longer have the energy to fight for it.
So Gettleman uses some of the Odell Beckham Jr. capital to get the quarterback in this draft, sending the No. 6 and 17 picks, as well as 2020 third- and fourth-round picks. And all the folks who spent the last three months breathlessly absorbing every general manager press availability look back upon their lives, take stock of the wasted hours and softly weep.
Trading up to select Murray is an interesting scenario to consider and not one that’s entirely out of the question. The Giants do have the capital to make such a move, but with major needs on the defensive side of the ball, it seems unlikely.
Meanwhile, with the picks acquired from the Giants, Gramling has the Cardinals taking offensive lineman Jonah Williams at No. 6 and wide receiver Marquise Brown at No. 17.