Since Sam Darnold‘s Pro Day, all signs have been pointing towards Darnold being the number one pick in the draft, making it time to start our mock drafts at pick number two with the New York Giants. To me, there are five options for them to do with this pick. They can either take Josh Rosen, Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, Saquon Barkley, or they can trade the pick. Each of these options has tremendous upside. But as cool as it would be to see Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. in the same offense, there is one pick I think they have to make. That pick is quarterback Josh Rosen.
Look I know, benching Eli Manning last season was the most controversial sports story in New York in years. I also know that this front office is committed to Eli Manning as their starter. However, unless you’re the Cleveland Browns, you don’t have the chance to pick this high every season. And personally, I think Josh Rosen is the best quarterback in this draft.
If you don’t remember I once did a YouTube scouting report on Josh Allen, and I did the same thing with Rosen. I’m not going too in depth on it but the main things are that he is very accurate, has a great feel for the pocket, a good arm, can make any throw on the field, and if you missed his game against Texas A&M, he has tremendous poise. He is also a pretty good athlete, not taking many sacks. He has all of the pre-requisites to be a franchise quarterback, especially in a city like New York. With all of these great tools, I don’t see how you can pass on that, no matter how good Quenton Nelson or Bradley Chubb are. At worst, he spends two or three years under Manning like Aaron Rodgers or Jimmy Garoppolo did under Favre and Brady, and then takes over the starting job. Best case scenario, he comes in and takes over the offense sooner. I know the circumstances are much different, but the Colts let Peyton Manning walk to draft Andrew Luck. Rosen isn’t the “slam dunk” prospect Luck was coming out of school, but Peyton Manning still had a 55 touchdown season left in him, Eli doesn’t exactly compare.
Another part of this that is important to note is that the Giants aren’t poised to win a Super Bowl with Eli Manning, especially not how the NFC is shaping out. They had a nice window from 2007 to 2012, but the NFC is way too strong right now and the Giants have way too many holes to fill. The worst spot, in this NFC to have a hole, is the most important position on the field with a guy that is 37 years old. It’s a conference that has good young quarterbacks everywhere. Carson Wentz, Cam Newton, Jared Goff, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston, Dak Prescott, and these are just the guys under 30. This whole conference is loaded with good quarterback play, and if you aren’t prepared with a young guy to lead your team you are going to be light years behind in the years to come. That or your roster better be absolutely loaded if you’re gonna compete against that.
If I have learned anything from past draft blunders it is that you don’t trade away from spots that have a potential franchise quarterback sitting there (see Cleveland the past two drafts). It is so much easier to supplement a good quarterback with talent in rounds 2-7 and free agency than it is to find a quarterback in those later rounds. Going into a draft with too many holes and a 37-year-old quarterback is a terrible spot to be in. Drafting the guy who will be under center for the next decade makes those other areas of need not look as bad.