New York Giants: Plaxico Burress Believes Team Should Draft Haskins

The New York Giants have a lot of choices to make this offseason, and one of the big ones is whether or not to draft a quarterback. There’s a lot of names being considered, but Dwayne Haskins Jr. is one of the main players being mocked to the Giants by the media. There’s been speculation about whether or not a team will trade up past the Giants, maybe even to number one overall, to select Haskins. But if Haskins is available with the sixth overall pick, there’s a lot of people out there that think the Giants should draft him.

Plaxico Burress, Giants receiver from 2005 to 2008, is one of those people who thinks Haskins is the best pick for the Giants rather than Kyler Murray or another player. “My mindset is if Dwayne Haskins is available at the sixth pick, we gotta take him,” Burress said while appearing on Undisputed. Burress also claimed that Saquon Barkley is a generational talent, but that the Giants need to improve at quarterback next.

Kyler Murray is another name in the running and has been speculated about a lot since his decision to choose football over baseball by declaring for the NFL Draft. Murray had a better season than Haskins, finishing with the Heisman Trophy and an appearance in the College Football Playoff, but has more question marks as a passer because of his small size and the fact that his college career was spent in an exotic spread offense rather than a more pro-style one.

Burress also spoke on Murray, saying that the Giants could end up drafting him if Haskins isn’t available. “Kyler Murray may end up at the New York Giants, but from a passing standpoint, with Sterling, and Evan, and Odell, Haskins… is a better fit for that offense.”

The draft is in April, so there will be more time to evaluate players going forward. But still, it’s clear that right now, Haskins is the player that most experts seem to think the Giants will go for.

Mel Kiper Jr. Predicts New York Giants Taking Haskins Over Murray

Could the New York Giants draft Dwayne Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick?

More and more mock drafts are coming out, with months to go until the NFL Draft, and the wild card so far has been Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who only recently declared for the draft after many speculated that he would choose baseball.

There’s been plenty of predictions about where Murray will land, with some placing him in the top ten and others in the late first round or in the second round, and of course, a lot of that speculation has been about whether or not the New York Giants will take Murray with the sixth pick in the draft. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has released his first mock draft, and according to him, the Giants won’t do so.

Kiper has the Giants taking Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. instead. It’s a bit of a surprise, because Haskins is the top ranked quarterback in this year’s class and some mock drafts have even had Haskins being selected with the number one overall pick, if the Cardinals decide to trade it away. If Haskins is available at number six overall, it might be wise to select him, but it’s debatable whether or not that will even be the case.

While claiming that Haskins has a high ceiling, Kiper also warned that other teams could move above the Giants to select him. “Haskins is far from a finished product — he started only 14 games at Ohio State — but he has an extremely high ceiling. One thing to watch is whether QB-needy teams get aggressive and try to trade up to get in front of the Giants.”

Kyler Murray is one of the other names in the running to be the Giants draft pick, but this mock draft has him getting selected at #13 overall by the Miami Dolphins. It certainly makes sense that the Giants would take Haskins rather than Murray, because while Murray is the current Heisman Trophy winner, his small size makes him a longshot in the NFL.

The Giants may be forced into a decision between picking Murray and someone else anyway, even if Haskins is the player that they would prefer. Haskins has also been mocked to other teams in the top ten over the past month, such as the Jaguars, who some predict will trade up, and the Raiders. Both of those teams select above the Giants.

However, mock drafts mean nothing and it’s only January. There’s still plenty of twists and turns to unfold before the NFL Draft happens in April.

New York Giants: Drafting Kyler Murray With 6th Pick Would Be A Mistake

There’s been a lot of talk recently about Kyler Murray’s decision to enter the NFL Draft. The Oklahoma quarterback was very impressive during the college season and helped his team to a playoff appearance while winning the Heisman Trophy, and because of those performances, some have theorized that Murray could be the player that the New York Giants should take with the sixth overall pick.

There’s one problem with that. Taking Murray that high would be overvaluing him, and missing out on a chance to add more value to another part of the team. Murray’s college performances have given him some hype after declaring for the draft, but NFL scouts are generally looking for a certain kind of player when they evaluate quarterbacks and Murray doesn’t necessarily fit that mold.

Realistically, it looks more like he’ll be a late first round pick, or will fall into the second round. Just being drafted in the first round isn’t a guarantee for him. Outside of top ranked quarterback Dwayne Haskins, others such as Drew Lock and Ryan Finley will most likely be drafted before Murray is, because they don’t have the same injury concerns that the 5’11” Murray has to deal with.

Coming from a college with an exotic offense like Oklahoma doesn’t increase a prospect’s value in the eyes of scouts, either. There’s typically plenty of quarterbacks each year that have amazing numbers in air raid or spread systems that are passed over for more fundamentally solid players with less flashy statlines, after all.

If the Giants want to draft Kyler Murray, they shouldn’t do it with the sixth overall pick. They’ll have their chance later, when they pick in the second round. A trade into the later part of the first round is even a possibility, and it would be a mistake to spend a top ten pick on a player that could be obtained later.

There’s been plenty of talk about Murray going in the top ten, and that will only increase as the draft nears. But while small quarterbacks can win in the NFL, few GMs want to be the ones to take a risk on drafting one. The Giants front office is likely no exception to that.

New York Giants: Top Quarterback Prospect Kyler Murray Declares For Draft Amid Baseball Rumors

It has been one week since Dwayne Haskins Jr. declared for the NFL Draft. On Monday, his competition for the top quarterback spot in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kyler Murray, officially declared. Kyler Murray is a junior quarterback out of Oklahoma University.

Kyler declared on the final day that underclassman could declare for the draft, with the deadline being at midnight. It has been an uncertain rumor wether or not Murray would declare due to his possible career in baseball, but he has decided to keep his options open and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Kyler Murray Controversy

In June of 2019, the Oakland A’s selected Kyler Murray with the 9th pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. Murray is a talented out fielder. Some fans believe he could be a better professional baseball player than he could be a professional football player. Kyler has not been able to come to a decision on which sport he will choose to play, but declaring for the NFL Draft is a way to keep his options open.

Declaring for the draft does not mean Kyler Murray is choosing to play football instead of baseball. It simply means he is keeping his options open. He has a few more weeks to decide which sport he will pursue. By declaring, he now has the ability to choose football if he wants to, whereas not declaring would have meant he had to choose baseball or stay at Oklahoma one more year.

Murray declaring for the draft means he is strongly considering choosing football. It was believed for a while that Murray would choose baseball instead, but things changed over the past couple months. Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy in December, which proves he is an insanely talented football player who had an electric 2018 season. However, some scouts and analysts do not think he could succeed in the NFL due to his small stature.

Kyler Murray is listed at 5 feet 10 inches, but many fans and analysts are skeptical of that height. Some believe he is closer to 5 feet 9 inches, and some believe he is actually 5 feet 8 inches. This would make him the shortest quarterback in the NFL. This makes scouts worry wether Murray can even see over his offensive linemen when throwing the ball at the NFL level. On top of that, Murray is listed at 194 pounds, which fans and analysts are also skeptical of. With such a small stature, fans and scouts have the right to wonder wether Kyler’s body can handle taking hits in the NFL. All eyes will be on Kyler Murray as he gets measured at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Kyler Murray Statistics And Highlights

Kyler Murray started one season at quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. In 2018, Kyler Murray threw for 4,361 passing yards to go along with 42 passing touchdowns. His touchdown to interception ratio was impressive, as he only thre 7 interceptions. He was also an accurate passer with a 69% completion percentage.

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One trait that makes Kyler so special is his dual-threat ability. Kyler had 140 rushing attempts on which he averaged 7.2 yards per attempt and totaled 1,001 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. His ability to make plays with his legs makes defenses need to construct special game plans.

Murray is the ultimate dual-threat quarterback. Having him in an offense with Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. could be electric, must-see TV. However, Kyler Murray will need to fill out his frame and remain healthy to find success at the professional level.

 

New York Giants: Could Kyler Murray Declare For The NFL Draft?

Right now, it looks pretty certain who the New York Giants will go after if they use their first round pick to take a hopeful successor for Eli Manning. Dwayne Haskins Jr. has been mentioned a lot, but there’s no guarantee that Haskins is available by the time the Giants pick at number six overall. Missouri’s Drew Lock is another name in the running, but Lock’s team didn’t achieve the same success as Ohio State and even on an individual talent level, Haskins has performed better for much of the year.

There’s another name, though, that should be considered when thinking about future quarterbacks. That name is Kyler Murray. Murray won the Heisman Trophy this season, becoming the second Oklahoma player in a row to win the award, and led the Sooners to a College Football Playoff appearance that they would lose against top-ranked Alabama.

However, Murray declaring for the NFL Draft wouldn’t be a simple matter. A two sport athlete, Murray has already been drafted by the Oakland Athletics, something that would complicate a decision on a career in football. While Murray has shown interest in playing both sports at once, it would be a hard feat to pull off.

Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has reported that Murray is leaning towards entering the draft. “Over the last week… It has been heating up. Phone calls, texts, conversations, that Kyler Murray is going to play football. And he’s not going to do it at Oklahoma, he’s going to try and enter the NFL Draft,” Miller said on his podcast.

If Murray does enter the draft, he could potentially be a dark horse pick that the Giants could take in the second round. Others such as Haskins, Lock, and Daniel Jones of the Duke Blue Devils are higher rated at the moment, as well as NC State’s Ryan Finley. But that’s not to say that Murray doesn’t have talent, as Murray is the most recent Heisman winner and threw 37 touchdowns to 7 interceptions in 2018.

Is Murray an immediate successor to Eli Manning? Probably not. Oklahoma’s system is a far cry from what an NFL team would run, and it will take time for most rookie quarterbacks to adapt from it. But he does have potential, and could be a good pick if the Giants don’t see someone they like when they make the sixth pick in the draft.

Murray hasn’t declared for the draft just yet, though. Still, the situation is one that’s worth keeping an eye on for Giants fans and for the front office.