Giants HC Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman already know the weight of carrying the No. 2 overall pick into the NFL draft this year as their immediate and long-term future depend on it.
Shurmur reminded the media at the Combine what happened the last two times the Giants had a pick this high in the draft.
"Certainly, with the second pick in the draft, we want to draft the player worthy of that pick. I think we've talked about it before, but the last time the Giants had the second pick in the draft, they picked Lawrence Taylor. The last time they had the third pick in the draft, they picked Carl Banks," Shurmur told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. And those were two franchise-changing players. So, I think we got to keep an open mind on this and we certainly want to make our team better. I think that's the approach we're taking."
A franchise-changing player could be found in one of the quarterbacks at the Combine this year. The Giants have been linked to drafting Eli Manning's potential successor in mock drafts, despite having Davis Webb on their roster from last season.
Shurmur, known as a quarterback guru, knows what he is looking for when watching these prospects showcase their skills.
"You're trying to look for all the intangible things that a quarterback does," he said. "You want to try to determine whether he is a good decision maker, whether he has a sense of timing. You know, the tape tells you whether he's an accurate passer or not. And then you just want to get a feel for, 'Hey is this the guy you want to lead our team.' So some of it's subjective, some of it really just comes by getting to know the player. We have a good idea of what a good quarterback is. So we're trying to see all these attributes in all these candidates."
But the Giants aren't deadset on a quarterback. Again, with Webb on the roster, the Giants will evaluate him alongside the quarterback prospects coming out of college this season.
Gettleman isn't going to jump the gun on just one player or position to take with the No. 2 selection, but he is well aware that a quarterback is a necessity to avoid what he calls "Quarterback Hell."
"Obviously I think about it. It's a monster puzzle we're putting together," Gettleman said. "There's other things that you got to look at as well. Obviously we know if you don't have a 'Q' it's going to be a long, long season. We know that. But we'll come to the right conclusion."
What does Gettleman think about the group of highly-touted prospects. Well, he referred to them as the buffet-style restuarant, Howard Johnson's, that as something for anyone.
"It's an interesting class -- all shapes, sizes, all flavors," he said. "I mean this is like Howard Johnson's back in the day. It's a real interesting group. I'm getting excited about meeting some of these guys here. It's going to be fun."
The quarterbacks will show off their technique and arm strength on Saturday, as they work with the wide receivers and tight ends. Of the top candidates, Sam Darnold isn't going to throw, but rather wait until his Pro Day to do so. UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, and Wyoming's Josh Allen will throw.