For months, the vast majority of 2019 NFL mock drafts have had the New York Giants selecting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round.
Since acquiring a second first-round pick in a trade that sent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, even more mock drafts have projected Haskins to the Giants.
Apparently, those brakes need to be pumped.
Dianna Russini of ESPN reports the Giants are not heavily scouting Haskins and have no intent on taking him in April’s draft barring an unforeseen change.
“About a week after the Combine, I circled back with some people like, ‘What are you thinking about Haskins? Do you guys like him? Do you think you are going for it with your No. 6 pick?’” Russini said on ESPN’s Breaking Big Blue podcast. “It was, ‘No, actually. We are not doing a lot of work on him.’
“I spoke to a few people. I’ll paraphrase one: ‘He doesn’t fit with us.’ The idea that they are not going go after a quarterback with the No. 6 pick solidifies they are not giving up on Eli (Manning).”
Although the plan appears to be sticking with Manning in 2019, it doesn’t necessarily rule out selecting a quarterback other than Haskins.
The Giants recently attending Oklahoma’s Pro Day and held a private meeting with quarterback Kyler Murray, making him late to his own press conference in the process.
“The only information I have right now is they’re not in on Haskins,” Russini added. “Just the amount of work they are not doing on him tells me they are not that into it.”
Early indications are that it may be Murray of bust for the Giants at No. 6, leaving them to select from one of the draft’s elite defensive prospects, which would be a satisfactory secondary option.
“I think we should be pretty confident they are going to go defense with that (No. 6) pick,” Russini said. “I think they are going to draft a quarterback. I just don’t think it’s going to be Haskins.”