Following the recently wrapped-up NFL combine in Indianapolis, things seem even more confusing now for the New York Giants and what direction they could potentially go with the second overall pick of the draft. The looming draft is now less than two months away and with what seemed like a slam dunk for the Giants to take the heir apparent to quarterback Eli Manning, those waters are now much murkier.
The word from a lot of NFL scouts after the combine is that the top flight quarterbacks performed at an underwhelming when the spotlight was the brightest. The big names of Sam Darnold out of USC, Josh Rosen out of UCLA, Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma and Josh Allen out of Wyoming did some impressive things at the draft, but the consensus is that none may warrant a top draft selection from the Giants. Take the curious case of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen for example. Coming out of the little known Mountain West Conference, Allen has all the looks of a franchise quarterback standing at 6’ 5” tall with athleticism. Throw on top of that the fact that he completed a 70-yard pass at the combine where he showcased his monster arm. But, his huge downside is that he is only 21 years old and had a majorly subpar 56.3% completion percentage during his college career.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur spoke from Indianapolis at the beginning of the combine saying that the tea needed to pick a “franchise changing” player with their second overall pick, similar to when the Giants selected Lawrence Taylor with that same pick in 1981. And now, if the quarterbacks in the class truly didn’t impress the Giants staff, they’ll likely go another direction come draft day.
The one player that has impressed at every level leading up to the combine and now after the combine is Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley showcased a ton of talent during his 2017 season with the Nittany Lions and added to that talent with a 4.4-second 40-yard dash time, 29 bench press reps and a 41-inch vertical leap. This athleticism is rare and could be a great addition to any team.
But, the Giants direction ultimately hinges on where the Cleveland Browns go with the number one overall pick. Needing a franchise quarterback but also holding the fourth overall pick, Cleveland may opt to swipe Barkley up right away at the start of the draft. All of the latest combine rumors will now leave Giants fans more eager for the upcoming draft.