The Giants took their hopeful heir apparent to Eli Manning with the sixth overall pick, selecting Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins.
Haskins has been connected to the Giants since the offseason began. And whether it was the Combine, Ohio State's Pro Day, or an official visit, the Giants did their homework on Haskins to make sure he was worthy of their top first-rounder.
Standing at 6-foot-3, 231 pounds, Haskins is arguably the best pocket passer coming out of this Draft. He has the arm strength and exudes confidence when releasing the ball no matter where its intended target is on the field. Haskins is also noted to be very cerebral on the field, dissecting defenses and knowing what changes to make to the playcall if necessary.
That is why former NFL analyst and NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer compared Haskins to six-time Super Bowl champion QB Tom Brady.
"I thought Dwayne should've waited, but he's the most like Tom Brady of anyone we've had," Dilfer told The MMQB's Albert Breer earlier this month. "He sees it like Tom, he works at it, he plays that way. He plays on time, with his intellectual process. I don't want to compare anyone to Brady, but he's Tom Brady-ish."
Haskins may not be the fastest of the available quarterbacks (he ran a 5.04 40-yard dash), but he has great pocket awareness and can scramble if need be.
Though he is the Giants' top pick, Haskins will likely take a backseat to Manning to start the season. It's a role Haskins said earlier he would be comfortable in after having experienced it with the Buckeyes.
"Eli Manning is a legend," Haskins said on Ian Rapoport's RapSheet and Friends podcast. "I grew up watching Eli and I'd have no problem sitting behind him and learning from him, like how I did with J.T. [Barrett] at Ohio State. Whatever team drafts me, I'll be able to sit back and learn from the guy that's there and be able to compete with him and push him, but know that a guy's there because he's a veteran, he's done it before, he's professional."
Haskins got his shot to lead Ohio State in 2017 as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 565 yards and four touchdowns over eight games. But it was his 2018 campaign that verified his NFL readiness.
Haskins was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year after leading the NCAA with 4,831 touchdowns and 50 touchdowns, throwing only eight interceptions, and owning for a very efficient 70 percent completion rate (best in the Big Ten) over his 14 games.