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New York Giants' depth chart: Quarterback analysis

Could the Giants use a draft choice on a developmental quarterback who could potentially become a backup for Eli Manning?

Eli Manning
Eli Manning
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We move to the offense today as we continue our position-by-position analysis of the New York Giants' depth chart heading into the 2013 NFL Draft. We will start where everything starts for the Giants on offense -- at quarterback.

Depth Chart


Player 1

Player 2

Player 3


Eli Manning

David Carr

Curtis Painter

Off-season Moves

Backup David Carr flirted with free agency, testing the waters to see if there were any teams interested in giving him a chance to compete for real playing time. There weren't, so Carr scooted back to the Giants where he can collect money while wearing a baseball cap and watching Eli Manning work. Curtis Painter, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, was signed as a third quarterback. It seems unlikely Painter beats out Carr for the No. 2 job.

Draft Possibilities

Obviously, the Giants are not a player for a quarterback in the early rounds. Could they be a player for a developmental backup-type quarterback on Day 3? GM Jerry Reese has twice drafted players of that ilk -- Andre Woodson (sixth round, 2008) and Rhett Bomar (fifth round, 2009). Could he do it again this time around?

Watching the quarterback situation in the draft will be interesting, and it's hard to discount the idea of the Giants taking a potential long-term backup in the late rounds.

The primary name we have focused on in prior discussions about this is Sean Renfree of Duke, who was coached at Duke by Manning's former mentor, David Cutcliffe. In a prospect profile, BBV's Jesse Bartolis summarized Renfree this way:

He's a solid pocket passer with good arm strength and intelligence. There are things that are similar to Eli Manning in the way he plays the game with the confidence in his arm, but he lacks Manning's talent and is more like a developmental starter. He's one of my personal favorite mid- to late-round quarterback prospects.

[Related: Football Outsiders break down Renfree]

Here is what Cutcliffe had to say about Renfree:

“I’ve looked at almost every guy available and I think Sean Renfree is the most accurate passer in the draft,” Cutcliffe said. “There’s a reason as a three-year starter that he’s the most accurate passer in our history. He has great knowledge and an uncanny ability of putting the ball where he needs to put it.”

Thoughts, Giants' fans?

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