Dwayne Haskins said it's all about being with the "right team," but there is certainly a part of him that hopes that team is the New York Giants.
The Ohio State quarterback and New Jersey native grew up watching Big Blue and said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday that he grew up dreaming of playing for the Giants.
"It'd be a dream come true," he said about the possibility of the Giants drafting him. "As far as being able to go back home and play for that great franchise, with great skill players. Either way what happens, I'm excited to be in the NFL … New York would be a great spot for me."
The Giants have the No. 6 pick in the draft and could be targeting Haskins if he is available.
Head coach Pat Shurmur, however, said on Wednesday that Eli Manning is the starting quarterback next season and indicated he has "years" left, but GM Dave Gettleman was not as committed and pointed to the "Kansas City model," where Patrick Mahomes waited a year behind Alex Smith before getting a chance to start, as a possibility.
Haskins, who has just one full season of collegiate football under his belt, said he is comfortable if he must wait behind a veteran.
"I can point to Ohio State, how I didn't play for a year and a half, played a little bit as a backup," he said. "That I'm comfortable enough to learn from someone that's ahead of me but be ready to compete for when my time's called."
If his time is called as a member of the Giants, he is confident he could do great things with the players around him.
"I feel like we could be very prolific," he said. "I knew Saquon [Barkley] since I was a sophomore in high school. We went to the Rivals camp together. I've talked to a few of the other skill players. They have a lot of great talent offensively and it would be a lot of fun."