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2013 NFL Draft: A quarterback for the Giants?

David Carr might be moving on via free agency. Could the New York Giants use a mid- to late-round draft choice on a quarterback they would try to groom as the backup to Eli Manning?

Sean Renfree of Duke
Sean Renfree of Duke
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In the wake of the news that New York Giants' backup quarterback David Carr intends to take advantage of free agency to see if there is a market for his services, we wrote about potential replacements in the free-agent market?

What about the other approach to replacing Carr? What about using a mid- to late-round pick on on a quarterback and trying to develop him into a capable understudy for Eli Manning?

Would the Giants go this route? Why wouldn't they? GM Jerry Reese has tried this route twice, spending a sixth-round pick on Andre Woodson in 2008 and a fifth-round pick on Rhett Bomar in 2009. Neither worked out, however, and the Giants have used the veterans Carr and Sage Rosenfels to caddy for Manning.

[SB Nation NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings]

Could Carr's possible departure convince Reese to jump back into the quarterback pool and grab a developmental quarterback? This is not a great year for quarterbacks at the top of the draft, but there are a number of quarterbacks expected to be taken in the mid- to late rounds of the draft.

Let's quickly look at a few of them, using quarterback rankings from CBS Sports that include a likely draft round projection. Below is a table with five quarterbacks who are projected to be taken anywhere from the third to the seventh round.







Tyler Bray






Landry Jones






Zac Dysert

Miami (Ohio)





Matt Scott






Sean Renfree






Could any of these five be a guy you could see the Giants taking a flier on a developmental backup quarterback?

Here, quickly, is a look at all five.

Bray: "There is no doubt that he has the measurables to be a starter in the NFL, but this past season proved that he is still a raw product. As a result, he will likely drop to the second day of the draft at the earliest." -- SB Nation

Jones: "Jones has put up big numbers as part of a pass-happy offense, lining up in a hybrid pistol/shotgun formation, and is reminiscent of Jay Cutler - frustrating passer and it doesn't always look pretty, but the tools are there and he gets results. He still has room to improve and needs to show more of a clutch gene and improve his ball placement before he'll be an elite quarterback" -- CBS Sports

Dysert: "In a quarterback class where rankings vary quite a bit at the top, Dysert has a chance to come off the board earlier than people expect. In addition to the physical tools he displays, his ability to read defenses and his feel for the pocket are two increasingly important traits in today's NFL." -- SB Nation

Scott: "Though he has only started 17 collegiate games, Scott's upside is undeniable, especially as the NFL evolves towards more mobile passers. ... Scott will require some fine-tuning in the NFL. Don't be surprised, however, if his toughness and better-than-advertised arm talent result in an extended NFL career, perhaps even as a future starter." -- CBS Sports

Renfree: "Renfree is a traditional drop back passer and looks the part with a tall, filled out frame. He has a strong arm to easily make all the throws and does a nice job working through his progressions to find the open target. Renfree shows excellent chemistry with his receivers and is a confident thrower, never appearing shy to take chances downfield. The career statistics aren't glamorous (32-30 TD-INT ratio), but he has all the tools NFL scouts look for at the next level. And it won't hurt that his collegiate head coach [David Cutcliffe] is the same offensive mind that mentored Peyton and Eli Manning." -- CBS Sports