New York Giants taking long look at 1st-round QB prospects

The New York Giants are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in franchise history. With only one win after eight games, Big Blue has officially become the laughing stock of New York football.

Seasons as bad as the Giants’ usually result in massive off-season changes, including at quarterback where Eli Manning has served as the franchise’s most important player since joining the team as a first-round pick in 2004.

Now 37, Manning’s best years appear behind him. It’s not to say he can’t play winning football, but he’s not the kind of player who can carry a team on his shoulders.

At this rate, the Giants will end the season with a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, one that happens to have a few quarterbacks worthy of first-round consideration. According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, New York will take a long, hard look at all of them:

“There was a directive given several weeks back by co-owner John Mara to start looking closely at the top college quarterbacks, multiple sources told ESPN. This occurred around the time it became apparent that the Giants’ season was headed nowhere, in part, because wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would be out with a broken ankle.”

There was a significant amount of hype surrounding this year’s quarterback class at the start of the 2017 college football season, but a few of the big-name passers have fallen short of expectations.

USC’s Sam Darnold and Wyoming’s Josh Allen headline the list of disappointments, while Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson continue to produce despite scouting report shortcomings.

With eight games remaining on the schedule, Giants fans could be watching the homestretch of the Manning era, one that’s brought two Super Bowls to one of the most storied franchises in the NFL.

If New York ultimately tries to trade Manning this offseason, expect the Jaguars to be first in line.