Supposedly, Mark Twain said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Well, when it comes to the New York Giants and 2019 NFL Draft, the refrain is awfully familiar from a year ago. ESPN’s Todd McShay proves that point in his latest mock draft, selecting quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the Giants.
Last year, prognosticators spent months insisting that the Giants would use their high first round draft pick to secure an heir apparent for Eli Manning and set themselves up for the franchise’s next era. They opted to select Saquon Barkley instead, and after another disappointing season with disappointing quarterback play, the Giants once again have a high pick in the first round. And once again, just about every mock draft agrees that the Giants just HAVE to pick a quarterback this time, right?
In picking Haskins for the Giants, McShay wrote:
6. New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State*
Imagine this big-armed signal-caller uncorking shots to Odell Beckham Jr. or finding Saquon Barkley in the flat. Sound fun? The one-year Buckeyes starter shows good touch and anticipation, and could be Big Blue’s quarterback of the future. It makes perfect sense here, as long as another quarterback-hungry team doesn’t hop the Giants via a trade.
Raptor’s Thoughts: Another week, another national mock draft, another pick of Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins to the New York Giants.
McShay is right that this pick makes all kinds of sense for the Giants — provided that Haskins falls to them at sixth overall. There are several teams behind the Giants who could all use Haskins, and the Giants might not have the resources (or stomach) to work an expensive trade up to make sure they secure him.
(Provided they want to do so, of course)
Haskins’ strength as a passer meshes perfectly with Pat Shurmur’s offense, finding holes in coverage and delivering accurate, well placed passes to athletes who can rack up oodles of yards after the catch. He is at his absolute best at the intermediate area of the field, able to pick apart zone coverage and has plenty of zip on the ball to challenge tight windows.
However, it is interesting that McShay leads off by asking us to imagine Haskins airing the ball out to Beckham, as vertical throws are the weakest part of Haskins’ game as a passer.
But, that one nitpick aside, the pick makes sense from a strategic view and a financial one.