Rookie quarteback Kyle Lauletta surely can’t be ruled out as a potential option to replace 14-year veteran Eli Manning, but it’s appropriate to consider alternatives at the position. Ohio States’ Dwayne Haskins could be a primary target for the New York Giants in the 2019 NFL draft, especially after a 47-touchdown season with over 4,500-yards passing.
Haskins’ stats don’t tell the whole story behind his development, as his footwork and accuracy have begun to improve at an astronomical rate. Replacing Manning will be no easy feat, but Haskins has the attitude and gusto to control the New York market and spur a new age in the NFC East.
The Buckeye has ideal size for a passer in the NFL. Standing at 6-3 and 220 pounds, Haskins has fantastic athleticism and mobility to pair with his strong-arm and downfield accuracy. His head coach, Ryan Day, will likely try to retain the professional-ready player, but the money might come calling his name in a weak 2019 QB class.
The Giants are reportedly targeting another option as well:
Big Blue has aimed their sights at Oregon’s Justin Herbert in addition to Haskins. Herbert has had an above average season on a team that has suffered significant injuries on the offensive line. They also have a lack of play-makers to work with.
Between both passers, it seems as if Herbert has the edge in the rankings, but Haskins is making a case for himself to be close behind. For the Giants, I think Dwayne would be better suited, consider the style of quarterback head coach Pat Shurmur prefers. Ideally, his options would have decent mobility but is primarily a pocket passer first and is more inclined to move through his progressions. Now, it’s difficult for any QB to play behind a struggling offensive line, and on some occasions they will succumb to the pressure. Manning has crumbled in the face of bad offensive line play, and it’s time to move towards a player than can extend plays with his legs.
Haskins seems to fit the bill for the Giants at this point in time,