INDIANAPOLIS — The quarterback hunt is on for the New York Giants on the NFL scouting mix. It’s no accident that coach Pat Shurmur and normal supervisor Dave Gettleman have already got watched each snap for Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray and the opposite prime quarterbacks within the 2019 draft. They’re totally invested, able to safe the brand new face of the franchise in the event that they discover the precise certified candidate.
The Giants insist they don’t seem to be going to drive a quarterback choice. It’s why they drafted working again Saquon Barkley second general final yr. If their evaluations do not reveal a quarterback they’re prepared to stake the way forward for their franchise on, they’ll defer on the choice but once more.
However do not be fooled by that rhetoric. The popular plan is to take a quarterback within the first spherical (the Giants choose No. 6 general) and have him sit behind veteran Eli Manning this season. Let’s name it the Kansas Metropolis mannequin, in reference to the Chiefs stockpiling first-round choose Patrick Mahomes behind veteran Alex Smith as a rookie earlier than Mahomes lit the NFL on hearth this previous season.
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“Hear, the Kansas Metropolis mannequin actually labored nicely. How is that?” Gettleman answered when requested for clarification on whether or not the plan truly was to proceed with Manning this season.
After all, this is not apples to apples. It is extra wishful dreaming. The Giants aren’t the Chiefs. Smith was enjoying at a Professional Bowl degree even with Mahomes on the bench and their roster was already playoff-ready. The Giants have received eight video games in two years, missed the playoffs seven of the previous eight seasons and Manning’s play has dipped lately, irrespective of how a lot they chalk it as much as his supporting forged.
Then there’s essentially the most monumental job of all of them — discovering one other Mahomes, and even somebody comparatively comparable. Mahomes proved to be a quarterbacking unicorn who threw 50 landing passes and received the MVP award in his first yr as a starter. Which may come round solely as soon as in a lifetime.
The Giants nonetheless would welcome a barely lesser model. The highest quarterback to look at this yr is Ohio State’s Haskins. Then there’s Murray, the diminutive Oklahoma signal-caller who shunned enjoying baseball for the NFL. Shurmur conceded that can run parallel to their decision-making, whether or not they like him or not. Duke’s Daniel Jones and Missouri’s Drew Lock are different potential choices who’ve the prospect to win over the Giants’ brass through the analysis course of at this week’s mix and the following non-public visits and exercises.
There may be nonetheless loads of time left on this race to impress. No matter what you hear, the Giants have hardly made up their minds earlier than assembly with the quarterbacks one-on-one, which is able to occur this week.
“[The combine] is simply on the very starting of the method,” Gettleman mentioned. “You’ve got obtained Indy, you’ve got obtained the exercises, we have got non-public visits, we have got interviews. You may’t line them up now. And if anyone has them lined up now, God bless ’em. They’re smarter than me.”
What the Giants do know is who the front-runners are. It begins with Haskins.
Total, they on the very least see intrigue on this group.
Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins is the highest quarterback to look at for the Giants this yr. New York has the No. 6 choose within the first spherical. Jamie Sabau/Getty Photographs
“The little bit that I’ve checked out, it is a nice-looking group,” Gettleman mentioned. “They arrive in all sizes and shapes — that’s for darn positive. It is a nice-looking group. Excited to look at all of them carry out on the ground and searching ahead to interviewing all of them. It is solely 15 minutes, however you will get somewhat really feel for it. After which I am trying ahead to the interview course of. The private-visit stuff, as a result of you’ll be able to actually be taught a lot a few man. It is a large choice. He is the face of your franchise. He has to do all the precise stuff for all the precise causes. You may’t go to mattress at night time worrying about whether or not he’ll are available in [on] time, irrespective of how gifted they’re.”
The early returns on the character and management of Haskins and Murray have been constructive. The query with Murray is his peak. He is anticipated to measure within the coming days someplace within the 5-foot-9 vary.
That will appear to be problematic given the old-school Giants considering. They downplayed that on Wednesday, insisting the measurables would not rule Murray out of consideration.
“No. We’ll take a look at the participant and resolve whether or not he is the man that we need to be with the Giants,” Shurmur mentioned.
They want to discover their man within the first spherical. Gettleman talked about knowledge displaying that’s the place most true franchise quarterbacks are discovered.
Relying on how the mix and coming weeks unfold, that would imply the Giants — just like the Chiefs — would possibly want to maneuver as much as seize their quarterback. Kansas Metropolis moved from 27th to 10th in 2017 for Mahomes.
“No guts, no glory, child,” Gettleman mentioned.
Not in the event that they need to observe within the Chiefs’ footsteps.