The New York Giants are once again in prime position to select their quarterback of the future. After passing on any option not named Baker Mayfield last year in favor of Saquon Barkley, who looks to be a runaway for Offensive Rookie of the Year, the Giants are well positioned to take a quarterback at Sixth overall this year.
With the five teams selecting ahead of the Giants (Cardinals, 49ers, Jets, Raiders and Buccaneers) all appearing to be passing on quarterbacks the giants should have their choice of quarterbacks, and two have set themselves apart in the eyes of scouts.
However, should New York go with Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, or Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray?
Let’s look to the numbers.
Dwayne Haskins– Ohio State
Haskins is being labeled the most NFL ready quarterback for a reason. After taking over for the departed J.T. Barrett for one season, Haskins threw for 4831 yards, a whopping 50 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions, while completing 70 percent of his passes. Its no surprise the Buckeye signal-caller was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. While Haskins is not the most mobile quarterback and he doesn’t have the biggest arm, he is one of the most polished pocket passers to come out of college in a long time. Giving him a year to learn the NFL ropes behind Eli Manning will make his already strong decision making even better, and pairing him with the 2016 and 2017 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in the New York backfield could help turn the page for Big Blue.
Kyler Murray– Oklahoma
When Murray decided to forego the MLB in favor of the NFL, he threw a wrench into any quarterback draft plans that had been established. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, who was also named the Big Twelve Offensive Player of the Year tore the nation up replacing the 2017 Heisman winner in Oklahoma. The Texas A and M transfer threw for 4361 yards and 42 touchdowns against a measly seven interceptions. But what sets Murray apart is his legs. Murray can absolutely fly, as he did for over 1,000 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground last year. While he’s a very different style of quarterback, he is an unbelievable athlete, who does nothing but make plays.
As we get closer to draft night, things will become more clear, but for now, its the pocket passer versus the scrambler.