The Giants are already looking toward their future as co-owner John Mara has called for his scouts to begin looking at the top quarterbacks of the 2018 NFL Draft.
This directive was set in place when it appeared the Giants' season was over after Odell Beckham, Jr. broke his ankle in Week 5 against the Chargers, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are the top two prospects at the moment. Vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross, who is in charge of the Giants Draft Day, traveled to see Rosen recently. In the MMQB's first mock draft, they have the Giants selecting Rosen at No. 3 overall.
There have been rumors that Darnold wants to stay at USC for one more season as he isn't having his best year. Rosen has been flagged as immature and needing grooming before taking over an NFL offense.
Other quarterback prospects include Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, and Louisville's Lamar Jackson -- the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner.
After their 51-17 loss this past Sunday to the Rams, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said that his team is subject to changes, including the quarterback position. Eli Manning has started 207 consecutive games for the team, and that could end if McAdoo decides to place 2016 third-rounder Davis Webb under center.
The Giants would be wise to give Webb a look to see if he is worthy enough to be handed the torch once Manning's career is finished with the team. He has been inactive all eight games thus far.
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It was probably expected by most, but now we have official word that the Giants are looking toward their future without Manning.
Mara made the call after the horrific Week 5 matchup to the Chargers, and it makes sense considering without Beckham and Marshall, this Giants team was only heading downward from here. The question now becomes will these scouts find the Giants' next franchise quarterback in this year's draft.
Darnold -- if he decides to leave -- will likely see himself in a Browns uniform with the first overall pick. That would leave Rosen up for grabs for the Giants, and that is if the 49ers decid Jimmy Garappolo is their future. Ross himself went to scout Rosen, and I'm sure that will continue with Jerry Reese down the line as well. His maturity will come into question later if the Giants believe his on-field play fits the bill.
As for the other candidates, I wouldn't be surprised to see Mayfield move up several teams draft boards as the college football season continues. He is having a better year than Rosen statistically, and for the Giants, it helps that Sterling Shepard caught passes from him before he was selected in the second round last year. He could be a name floating around more in the Giants camp as the season progresses.
In the end, a future quarterback is desperately what the Giants need to figure out with Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, and Kirk Cousins (if he re-signs) solidified with their respective teams in the NFC East. They have their future, so it's time for the Giants to figure it out too.