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2016 NFL Draft: Position preview -- taking a look at the 2016 quarterback class

The Giants probably won't be drafting a quarterback, but we should look at them anyway

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants (probably) aren't in the market for a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.

They still have Ryan Nassib under contract for another season, and Eli Manning's career has been on an upswing since the arrival of Ben McAdoo. Pocket passers such as Eli, who's game is primarily cerebral rather than physical, have longer career arcs than players who rely more on athleticism. As long as Eli is athletic enough -- that is, able to make the throws he needs to make, and navigate the pocket -- he can be an effective starter.

That being said, quarterbacks will still play a vital role in the Giants' draft. The St. Louis Los Angeles Rams already sent shockwaves through the draft with their trade up from 15th to first overall. There are also reports that the Cleveland Browns are actively shopping the second overall pick.

With the quarterbacks likely to play such an important role in the top of the draft, we really should get to know them, at least a bit.

The Top Two

Jared Goff (Cal) and Carson Wentz (North Dakota State) - How you parse Goff and Wentz really seems to be more of a matter of preference at this point. Personally, I put Goff a hair above Wentz because of his experience in the PAC 12. While Wentz has better measureables, Goff's experience against a higher level of competition gets the nod for me.

The Next Few

Paxton Lynch (Memphis) -- At one point this off season, Lynch was considered a peer to Goff and Wentz, with some even ranking him as the top quarterback in the draft. He has intriguing size and athleticism, his production has increased over the last couple years,and he shows leadership traits. He has some issues with the mechanics of the position, with sometimes forgets to take his feet with him when he goes to throw a pass, and level of competition is a question as well.

Also, he looks like he could go as Tony Stark for Halloween.

Connor Cook (Michigan State) -- Connor Cook looks like he should be the top quarterback in the class. He's a four year starter at one of the top programs in the country, plays in a Pro-Style system, is a winner, and has the build of an NFL starter. But he comes with some concerns as well. Cook seems to be easily rattled when under pressure and can be caught flat-footed in the pocket, throwing his mechanics (and accuracy) off.

Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) -- Hackenberg might be the most difficult evaluation of any of the quarterbacks in the draft. After his freshman year under Bill O'Brien, he looked like the prohibitive No. 1 selection in whatever draft he happened to enter. He had prototypical size, arm strength, leadership, and was successful in a pro-style system under an NFL head coach. But then O'Brien left (or was run out of) Penn State, and Hackenberg's game severely regressed. With few targets, a nonexistent offensive line, and a confusing offensive scheme, he looked more like a rookie free agent.

NFL teams will have the unenviable task of trying to figure out which one is the Hackenberg they will be getting.

Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) -- Two years ago Prescott was just another running quarterback. He had the size and athleticism, but was really more of a running back who threw the ball every now and again. But over the last two years he has dedicated himself to improving as a passer, and it's shown. His accuracy and production through the air increased from the beginning of 2014 to the end of 2015, and he is still a threat on the hoof. He still needs more work, but his thick frame, compact throwing motion, and leadership are intriguing.