After losing to the Eagles on Sunday, the Giants (2-12) still hold the No. 2 slot in the 2018 NFL Draft order.
The Giants, who have lost their last four games, are above the Colts (3-11) who have lost their last five. Moving up in the order was the Texans to No. 4, however, there pick goes to the Browns in 2018. The 49ers, behind their new QB Jimmy Garappolo, have won their last three games, which moves them down to No. 5.
With two games remaining, it is more than certain the Giants will get to choose from a highly-talented group of prospects coming out of college this season. It is predicted the team will go after a quarterback in a draft class that favors the position well. USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are the cream of the crop this year, as both are considered to be the potential No. 1 pick.
In Todd McShay's first mock draft, he has the Giants selecting Rosen at No. 2 based on the fact that he is the most "NFL-ready" quarterback in the draft. Standing at 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, Rosen has the physical build to make an immediate impact. However, it is the mental side of the 20-year-old that has brought up questions about his immaturity and character.
Darnold has basically the same physical build as Rosen, and may have a stronger arm as well. But, with the Browns likely to select first overall, they may take him off the board to kick off the festivities. Other quarterback prospects that could be a surprise pick early on are Wyoming's Josh Allen, Louisville's Lamar Jackson, and the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
As for position players, the top running back expected to come out this season is Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who is a do-it-all back. Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is the top cornerback prospect, while Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson is the top offensive lineman in the draft class.
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Another loss, another week closer to owning the No. 2 slot in next year's draft.
The question as to who the Giants might take with that selection is still up in the air, however, a quarterback appears to be the consensus choice. Josh Rosen continues to be the name for Eli Manning's successor, but is he the right choice?
I mean, yeah, he has the NFL-ready body and play on the field. But I can't get these talks about his character and immaturity out of my head. Do the Giants really need someone like that coming into their system to be the potential heir to the offense?
Instead, I would really love for the Giants to draft Mayfield. Before you get into his own off-the-field antics, when it comes to playing the game, Mayfield is a winner. He can do it all with his arm and his legs, which is an aspect the Giants haven't seen from a quarterback in....well, forever.
What Mayfield lacks in physical attributes to the rest of the quarterback class, he makes up for with heart which has translated into a season that could see a national championship on his resume. The Giants can break their old-fashioned mold at the position, and go with Mayfield, who could certainly learn from Manning before taking over the reins.