New York Giants: The Top Positional Priority in the 2019 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Eli Manning

Passing on a quarterback in 2018 can be justified given the immense talent the New York Giants gained in sensational running back, Saquon Barkley. As a rookie, he earned over 2,000 all-purpose yards and displayed elite athleticism and strength in the open field. Barkley is far more than just a running back, and that’s where the argument ends what it comes to debating if the Giants should’ve selected a quarterback instead.

Fast forward one year later, Odell Beckham Jr. has been traded and veteran passer Eli Manning is in the final year of his contract. The expectation is that the Giants will move forward with Manning in 2019 and draft a signal caller to learn behind him – that would be the smart move.

The New York Giants are targeting defenders:

However, an extremely talented defensive crop puts that expectation in peril. Options like Kentucky’s Josh Allen, Alabama’s, Quinnen Williams, and various others cloud the judgment of GM Dave Gettleman.

“Dave Gettleman is crazed about getting a pass-rusher with this sixth pick, and they’ll deal with the quarterback later,” ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said on Monday’s Get Up!.

If the Giants elect to pass on a quarterback with the 6th pick, they must utilize their 17th pick on one. Even better, they shouldn’t hold back from trading up into the top-10 if Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins is available. Personally, he’s the only option I believe can succeed in New York. His intangible skills will allow him to deal with the harsh media and take advantage of the fame it brings.

However, a player like Kyler Murray could also revolutionize the offense, but the probability of him slipping past the 6th pick is unlikely.

The bottom line:

The Giants MUST prioritize the quarterback position this draft. They cannot wait until 2020 as they will likely have to give up massive draft capital to move up into a position to grab a top option. It’s now or never for Big Blue.