The New York Giants have a confirmed official visit with a top quarterback prospect scheduled, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma.
Robert Klemko of SI.com is reporting that not only did the Giants have a meeting with Mayfield at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, but he has an official visit scheduled with the team.
He [Mayfield] met with 11 teams in total: The Dolphins and Jaguars on the first night, and the Bills, Broncos, Browns, Jets, Giants, Saints, Chargers, Cardinals and Washington on the second night.
Teams are getting to know Mayfield, and that will continue over the next few weeks. He has private visits confirmed with the Giants, Jets and Browns, and the Browns, Jets, Dolphins and Saints plan to work him out in Norman at some point after his pro day on Wednesday.
The meeting is significant because under NFL rules, teams are only allowed thirty (30) official visits with players from outside their immediate area.
In the past week there have been reports that the Giants are both favoring drafting a quarterback and not drafting a quarterback with the second overall pick. On March 1st, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reported,
“If franchise-worthy, it sounds like it’s a quarterback at No. 2 for Giants.”
A couple days later, on the fifth, Jordan Ranaan of ESPN reported,
“After listening to the Giants brass speak and talking to people around the league, the pendulum is swinging away from them taking a quarterback.”
There has also been speculation that the trade with the Los Angeles Rams for linebacker Alec Ogletree signals that Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur are “all in” on making a run with Eli Manning and are punting the quarterback decision until 2020.
The Giants did have previously reported meetings at the Combine with quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson (per WalterFootball).
At this point, it’s probably only safe to say that few outside of Gettleman and Shurmur themselves know what their plan is.