The Giants' offense has sputtered to start their 2018 campaign, even with new pieces on the roster. Rookie RB Saquon Barkley is the biggest fresh face of them all, with players like G Will Hernandez and LT Nate Solder behind him.
However, Big Blue is facing the same problems it did last season. First and foremost, the "revamped" offensive line hasn't paid any dividends as it looks similar to the lackluster group of 2017. But, even with all their struggles, veteran QB Eli Manning isn't off the hook.
The Giants' line play forces Manning to roam outside of the pocket, and throw on the run. But Manning can't scramble with quickness when things go awry, forcing him to either take a sack or make a hasty decision which doesn't always turn out well (i.e. pick-six against Jaguars in Week 1). There is also the fact that he is 37, and descending into the final years of his career.
That is why many fans believed a quarterback was the safe pick for the 2018 NFL Draft back in April. But GM Dave Gettleman, with a win-now mindset, decided Barkley was too good of a prospect to pass up on.
But, fear not. If the Giants continue playing the way they have been through the first two weeks, another top pick could be set for the 2019 NFL Draft.
So, here are a few college quarterbacks to get yourself familiar with for next year's draft. One could become Manning's heir apparent next season...
Missouri QB Drew Lock
Lock's draft stock has already rose through the first few weeks of the college season, and the main reason is his arm. The kid has a cannon.
Through his first three games, Lock has shown off his arm with already 1,062 passing yards and 11 touchdowns. His latest game came on the road at Purdue this past Saturday, where he had 375 yards through the air, three touchdowns and one interception to go along with a 152.1 rating.
Standing at 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, Lock gets the ball in the end zone. He set the SEC single-season record for touchdown passes with 43 last season. And, according to Walter Football, Lock "is able to make every throw required in the NFL." Though his 40-time is projected at 4.85 seconds, he does possess mobility to scramble if needed.
Lock is even said to have a "nice-guy personality that is similar to Eli Manning." He could be Manning 2.0 down the line.
Oregon QB Justin Herbert
Like Lock, Herbert is expected to be a first rounder, which has a lot to do with his physical stature combined with his skill set. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Herbert has the prototypical size for today's NFL quarterback. And he uses that size to stay strong in the pocket and make any throw across the field.
Herbert is known to have a nice touch along with a rifle of an arm. Hitting players in stride and tear-dropping deep passes are his specialities. And if he needs to pick up yards on the ground, a projected 4.72 40-time is there as well.
This is Herbert's first year as QB1 for the Ducks, as he saw 16 games over his freshman and sophomore seasons combined. So far, he has racked up 840 yards on 46-for-81 through the air with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham
Stidham has had a slow start to his junior year, with his first loss coming against LSU this past Saturday. However, his upside is big, and it could intrigue the Giants.
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Stidham has the ability to not only work in the pocket, but scramble outside and make throws on the run. One scout also told Walter Football that his knowledge of the game is pro-ready.
"He has very good mobility to execute flexible scheme design, and his football IQ is as good as it gets. He's a pro already in that regard and pretty easy to see."
Stidham will need to put better games on film, though, if he wishes to see that first-round projection. He has thrown for 584 yards on 48-for-75 with three touchdowns and two interceptions so far this season.
NC State QB Ryan Finley
After Lock and Herbert, top quarterbacks can be found in the second and third rounds, but that doesn't mean they don't have franchise potential.
Finley began his career at Boise State back in 2014, but after two seasons, he transferred to the ACC to play for the Wolfpack. He was able to redshirt after the 2016 season, and start the 2017 season with one more year of eligibility if need be. In 13 games, he threw for 3,514 yards with 17 touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 65.1 completion percentage.
Though he was eligible for the Draft, Finley returned to NC State for his senior season to hopefully raise his draft stock. Finely is noticeable accurate with his throws, and is known to be a game manager with smart decision-making and knack of keeping the ball protected.
He has completed 74.1 percent of his throws so far on the year, but more games against better opponents will determine whether he goes higher or lower in 2019. The Giants could be watching.
West Virginia QB Will Grier
Grier's journey through college football hasn't been the easiest road, but the talent level is certainly there. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound signal caller began his freshman year at Florida in 2015. Though he showed promise through six games, he tested positive for a banned substance that forced him off the squad.
Instead of returning to Florida in 2016, he decided to transfer to West Virginia, knowing that he would have to sit out the entire year due to transfer rules. He returned to the gridiron in 2017 for the Mountaineers, throwing for 3,490 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a 64.4 completion percentage as well.
Grier has displayed accuracy and strength when throwing, but his decision making can improve. Being that he only has one full season starting under his belt, he holds the power to his NFL future this season. That is why he is projected as early as the second round to the fourth round.