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By Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
The NFL Draft is quickly approaching, as we get closer to the primetime opening round April 25th. This will be the first part in the series where I will discuss the current outlook and needs for the upcoming NFL Draft for the New York Giants.
The first position I will take a look at is Quarterback.
At Quarterback, the depth chart for the Giants goes Eli Manning, David Carr and Curtis Painter. There were no quarterbacks lost in free agency.
Manning looked like he was on pace for another great year, throwing for a career high 510 yards in the second week of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Through the first seven games Manning three 11 touchdowns and only five interceptions, three of which came in the first half of that same Buccaneers game, but it went downhill for a period of time for Manning and the Giants offense shortly after that.
Manning threw one touchdown against the Redskins in his seventh game and then embarked on his longest touchdown draught since 2004, going three games without throwing a touchdown pass but throwing four interceptions. Speculation ran rampant that Manning was experiencing a tired arm as he carried the offense on his shoulders with the running game being stagnant again for parts of the season. Manning threw one or less touchdowns in 10 games this past season as well.
Last season was a setback for Manning, who failed to reach 4000 yards passing and 27 touchdowns for the first time since 2008. An injury to his top receiver Hakeem Nicks did not help, as his absence was felt by the whole offense.
As for Carr, he threw only three passes last season but is a solid backup; having years of starting experience and the capability to step in for a period of time should Manning ever get injured. Carr’s value to the team comes in practice as the scout team quarterback, preparing the Giants well according to head coach Tom Coughlin week in and week out. Painter will most likely be inactive most weeks throughout the season if he even makes the Giants roster at all.
The last time the Giants drafted a quarterback was in 2009 when they took Rhett Bomar of Sam Houston State in the fifth round. If the Giants indeed take a quarterback this year, it will be on the developmental variety. Manning will obviously be the starter heading into next season and for many seasons to come hopefully for the Giants, but he will not be around forever so the Giants should start looking for someone who can learn from sitting behind Manning for a few seasons.
An interesting prospect in this year’s draft is Denard Robinson. Robinson will not make it in the NFL as a quarterback but can offer some unique help to the Giants during practice as a person fast enough to emulate the likes of Robert Griffin III and Michael Vick, two quarterbacks the Giants will face twice each. Robinson will need to show the Giants he can offer other things on the field to justify a late round draft pick, as Jerry Reese does not like to waste picks. An undrafted free agent is the more likely route for the Giants to take if there is a prospect that catches their eye.
On a need scale of 1-10 at the quarterback position, the Giants need is a 1. Manning will be here for as long as he continues to produce being a 2-time Super Bowl MVP and Champion.