The New York Giants have not committed themselves to any one (or two) players in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but similar to last year, executives from around the league are “convinced” the team selects a quarterback at No. 6 overall.
“It’s fascinating for me from the amount of people I’ve spoken with who now are convinced — convinced — the Giants take at six,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said on Thursday. “A week to go. This one is going to be very interesting.”
Entering the 2018 NFL Draft, feelings around the league were similar with most executives firmly believing the Giants would take a quarterback at No. 2 overall. Instead, the Giants selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, who eventually won the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
During his pre-draft press conference on Thursday, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman implied the team could take a similar path this year and potentially avoid all quarterbacks in Round 1.
“I am just saying I won’t force a pick. You can’t draft for need. You will get screwed every time and make a mistake,” Gettleman said, adding that quarterbacks aren’t in a special group. “If you put a lot of pressure on it, you are going to make a mistake. I am not going to put a level on that. You let the draft come to you. We went into last season with Eli and thought he had plenty left. He proved that. We will just see how it goes.”
If the Giants do settle on a quarterback at No. 6 or No. 17, it will be interesting to see who they graded above the others.
For much of the offseason, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins seemed to be the guy, but as the draft itself approaches, many believe it could be Duke quarterback Daniel Jones.
With Haskins’ draft stock reportedly dropping, it’s possible the Giants can land either Haskins or Jones at No. 17, but as Gettleman has said, the team won’t reach for the sake of reaching. When it’s their time on the clock, the Giants will select whoever is ranked highest on their draft board. Period.