Even with top collegiate quarterbacking prospects struggling a bit in 2017, that won’t stop teams from taking shots at franchise-changers early in the NFL Draft.
The New York Giants have a plethora of problems on both sides of the ball, but drafting in the top five allows them to secure an heir apparent to veteran QB Eli Manning.
Manning is 36 years old right now, and New York wouldn’t be in a position to push UCLA’s Josh Rosen into a starter’s role right away. Perhaps a year or two, but the added time developing should ensure the Giants’ quarterbacking situation doesn’t hit dire straits.
Rosen is, perhaps, the most NFL-ready quarterback out of the top prospects, though, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him push Manning out of the job sooner than later.
The Giants have plenty of needs, especially along the offensive line, but this is a situation where the team can’t pass on its quarterback of the future.