What are the New York Giants going to do with their two first-round picks (Nos. 6 & 17) in the 2019 NFL Draft? Will they pull the trigger on an heir for Eli Manning? Bulk up on offensive and defensive hog mollies? Add a wide receiver to replace the one they just sent to the Cleveland Browns?
This is Dave Gettleman with the final call here. The guy who said it was “hogwash” that he needed a quarterback a year ago and took running back Saquon Barkley, shredding the naysayers who said positional value dictated that you shouldn’t take a running back at No. 2.
This is Gettleman, who says the NFL remains “a big man’s game” and calls the idea that Manning can’t play anymore “a crock.”
Then again, this is Gettleman. He has also said he has a dream to get the Giants a franchise quarterback, loves the Kansas City model of having a young draftee learn behind a veteran for a year, and said on WFAN Monday that he would “probably” get a quarterback this year “if all goes according to plan.”
So, how do we make sense of all that?
Well, today we’re going to punt. We’re going to turn to the mock drafts and see what they think.
Our current mock draft tracker below has an even 50 mocks in it. Thirty-one of those (62 percent) are still riding the Dwayne Haskins at No. 6 train. Interestingly, though, only two of the seven mock drafts added or updated this week show the Giants taking the Ohio State quarterback at No. 6.
I want to highlight a few of the scenarios presented.
Scenario 1 — Sticking with Haskins
SB Nation’s Dan Kadar is still riding the Haskins train. Kadar says “the best way to accelerate out of a rebuild is by landing a franchise quarterback.” He also adds that “taking Haskins at No. 6 is infinitely smarter than taking Duke’s Daniel Jones at No. 17.”
Kadar has the Giants using the 17th overall pick on Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary.
Scenario 2 — QB at No. 17
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com offers that scenario in his newest mock. He selects Gary for the Giants at No. 6 and then goes against Kadar’s advice by selecting Duke’s Jones at 17. Brooks says “Jones could be the perfect successor to Eli Manning based on the Duke product’s pedigree.”
Scenario 3 — No first-round QB
Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network goes this route. He gives the Giants edge defender Montez Sweat at No. 6 and offensive tackle Cody Ford at 17.
In taking Ford, Solak takes a swipe at Gettleman by saying “You can never underestimate bad GMs, and I think Gettleman could really talk himself out of a Round 1 QB -- especially with Cody Ford, the future at RT, ripe and waiting at 17 overall.”
Scenario 4 — QB in Round 2
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports also passes on first-round QBs for the Giants. He gives the Giants Sweat at 6 and Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams at 17, then pops on Jones as the quarterback at No. 37.
Scenario 5 — Trading for a QB
I an intriguing four-round projection, Luke Easterling of Draft Wire thinks a little bit outside the box. Easterling gives the Giants Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams at No. 6 and takes Crimson Tide offensive tackle Jonah Williams at No. 17. Easterling then packages the Giants second-round pick (No. 37) and third-round pick (No. 95) to get the 31st overall pick from the Los Angeles Rams. He uses that to select Jones.
I’m not favoring one scenario over another, or really even commenting here. It’s just interesting to see the different ways draft analysts are seeing that things could unfold for the Giants.
View the full mock draft tracker below and, of course, let us know which scenario or scenarios intrigues you.