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Kyler Murray, the electric Heisman Trophy winner and perhaps the most polarizing quarterback in this year's draft, officially committed to football over baseball on Monday. He needed to do that to convince an NFL team to draft him in the first round.

And while he almost certainly won't end up as the Giants' quarterback, he could have an impact on who will.

Right now, the NFL world seems mixed on Murray, mostly due to his height, which is listed at 5-foot-10 even though most think he's really one or two inches smaller. New Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury once said Murray could be the No. 1 pick in the draft - before he was hired by the team with that pick, of course. Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who holds the No. 4 pick, has seemed to be openly drooling over him at times.

Beyond them, though, opinion seems split. Some scouts and executives are convinced Murray is a first-round talent. Others think his height makes him more of a second-rounder. But in a draft that is thin on top quarterback prospects - and with a quarterback group generally considered inferior to the 2018 class - all it takes is one team to fall in love with Murray.

And it absolutely helps the Giants if another quarterback is thrown into the first-round mix.

Right now, the general consensus is that the only quarterbacks worthy of a first-round pick are Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock and maybe Duke's Daniel Jones. But there are three teams in the Top 10 that could be looking for a quarterback - the Giants (at 6), the Jaguars (7) and the Broncos (10) - and a few others who could trade up for a quarterback like the Dolphins (13) and Redskins (15).

Since any team that wants a quarterback knows they probably have to trade above the Giants to guarantee they get their guy, the more first-round quarterbacks there are, the less of an urgency there'll be to move up. And if any of those other teams fall in love with Murray, they can feel safe that he'll still be there after the Giants pick.

Why? Because size matters to the Giants. They are still early in their evaluation process and obviously haven't seen Murray at the Combine or his Pro Day yet, but in general, a team source said he's "probably a little too small" for them. They prefer to stick to the established measurables they have for a prototypical quarterback.



Eli Manning is 6-foot-4. His predecessor, Kerry Collins, was 6-foot-5. Even the long list of quarterbacks before him - like Danny Kanell (6-foot-3), Kent Graham (6-foot-6) and Dave Brown (6-foot-5) - were taller than 6-foot-2. Phil Simms was even 6-foot-3.

In fact, the Giants haven't had a starting quarterback under six feet tall since the 5-foot-11 Gary Wood took over for Earl Morrall and went 0-6 during the 1966 season.

Obviously that was a long time ago, but the philosophy hasn't changed all that much. Remember a year ago when the Giants drafted quarterback Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round, head coach Pat Shurmur described the 6-foot-3 Richmond product as "tall enough" - which sure sounded like he wasn't willing to draft someone much shorter. In fact, last April, when talking about quarterbacks during a Giants minicamp, Shurmur admitted, "I fancy guys that are tall."

"You're trying to find sightlines," he said. "It's no different for a quarterback when he is behind a very tall offensive line. All else being equal, as long as all the skill sets are equal or maybe even a little better than equal, guys that can see have a chance to be very good."

Of course, the "skill sets" part of that answer does open the door a bit to an uber-talented, shorter quarterback like Murray. Then again, GM Dave Gettleman has often professed his preference for a quarterback who is strong in the pocket - and Murray, in part due to his height, is much better at throwing and making plays on the move.

The point is, a Murray-Giants marriage is unlikely. The 6-foot-3 Haskins, the 6-foot-4 Lock, or maybe even the 6-foot-5 Jones figure to be more to the Giants liking. But someone will fall in love with Murray over the next two-plus months. He'll surely light up his Pro Day and maybe even the Combine to the point that someone is willing to ignore his height.

And that'll be good for the Giants - especially if they decide they want to draft a quarterback -- because the competition for the top signal callers is always fiercer than expected.

The fewer teams that feel the need to trade up in the draft, the more likely it will be the Giants end up with their guy.

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South defensive end Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)
South defensive end Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

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NASHVILLE - The Giants had a busy first day of the NFL draft, ending up with three first-round picks before it was all over. Day 2 figures to be a lot quieter, at least at the moment.

Since they gave up their second-round pick (37th overall) when they traded back into the first round to select Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker, the Giants currently have only one pick on the second day of the NFL draft. And they'll have to wait a while, too, because they don't pick until the 32nd selection of the third round - 95th overall.

Now, the Giants do still have six Day 3 picks and they are willing to trade some of them if they can move up from 95 to something closer to - or even in - the second round. But most likely they are going to miss out on some of the top prospects who were leftover after the first round.

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Daniel Jones is selected as the No. 6 overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)
Daniel Jones is selected as the No. 6 overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

Welcome to New York, Daniel Jones.

Jones, Eli Manning's heir whom the Giants selected sixth overall in Thursday's NFL draft, dominated the back pages on New York's three major newspapers.

Let's start with the New York Post, which was more a criticism of GM Dave Gettleman for passing on Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins and Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen even though they also had the No. 17 pick.

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Cutcliffe endorses Daniel Jones 00:00:54
Duke head coach David Cutcliffe believes his former QB, Daniel Jones, will win a championship in the NFL for Giants.

The expectations for Giants new quarterback Daniel Jones are already going to be sky-high, but those closest to the 21-year-old believe he will meet those expectations. 

Jones' coach at Duke, David Cutcliffe, has full confidence that the quarterback will lead the Giants to a championship in his NFL career. 

"I think he's going to be a great player," Cutcliffe told reporters at the draft in Nashville on Thursday. "I think football coaches see that. … I laughed when I kept hearing about accuracy issues because of his completion percentage. That's not due to accuracy issues. He's got all of those things. I would think he's going to play 14-16 years and he'll be a championship quarterback. He'll win a championship."

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Daniel Jones (Duke) is selected as the number six overall pick to the New York Giants and poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Daniel Jones (Duke) is selected as the number six overall pick to the New York Giants and poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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NASHVILLE - Dave Gettleman's decision to draft Duke quarterback Daniel Jones on Thursday night wasn't surprising, but not many thought he'd do it with the sixth overall pick. The general belief seemed to be that the Giants were eyeing Jones with their second first-round pick - No. 17.

But the Giants were absolutely convinced that if they wanted Jones, they couldn't wait that long. If they did, they might be facing him twice a year instead.

That was at least part of why the Giants jumped early on the 21-year-old Duke quarterback - a fear that several teams, including the Washington Redskins, were interested in him as well, according to a team source

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Gettleman, Shurmur on Jones pick 00:02:44
New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman reveals that Daniel Jones' performance and composure at the Senior Bowl won him over.

The Giants sent shockwaves throughout the NFL when they took Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall to be their quarterback of the future. But he may not see the field for quite some time.

In fact, what may be more shocking than the selection of Jones is that Dave Gettleman seemed to indicate that 38-year-old Eli Manning could be the Giants' starting quarterback for three more seasons, as they're no longer looking for the "Kansas City model."

"Maybe we'll be the Green Bay model where (Aaron) Rodgers sat for three years," Gettleman said late Thursday night.

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1-on-1 with Deandre Baker 00:01:17
New York Giants traded back into the first round to take cornerback Deandre Baker. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano talks to the new draftee.

With the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft coming to a close, cornerback DeAndre Baker still had faith someone would take him before the end of the night. 

Then, he got a call.

It was the Giants, a team that liked him so much they traded with the Seahawks at No. 30 to nab the Georgia Bulldog.

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Sep 29, 2018; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (90) signals to the crowd between plays during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)
Sep 29, 2018; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (90) signals to the crowd between plays during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)

Dexter Lawrence rooted for the Giants when he was younger, and now that they made him the No. 17 pick in the NFL Draft, the defensive tackle has lofty goals.

"I grew up a New York Giants fan. So, it's a great moment," Lawrence said after getting drafted. "My goal is to come in day one and challenge the defensive line as being the greatest unit in the world kind of thing. That's just kind of what my mindset is going to be and what is has been since I've been in high school. Let's not settle, let's go get it. Right now, I'm real happy to be a Giant."

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Giants take DT Dexter Lawrence 00:00:38
New York Giants select a big plug for the defensive line in Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano analyzes the pick.

Taking their quarterback in Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall, all signs were pointing to the Giants going after a defensive asset. Though an edge rusher was an obvious need and players like Montez Sweat were still on the draft board, the Giants decided to go with a big defensive force in Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence at No. 17. 

To call Lawrence a force up the middle is an understatement. At 6-foot-4, 342 pounds, Lawrence was one of the top performers on the Tigers' dangerous defensive front that also featured players like Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, and Austin Bryant. 

So how will Lawrence fit in with the Giants? Just picture Damon "Snacks" Harrison 2.0...

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Vacc talks with new Giants QB 00:01:00
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano chats with the Giants #1 pick, quarterback Daniel Jones of Duke

Daniel Jones is now the Quarterback of the Future for the New York Giants, and couldn't be any happier that's the case. 

After hearing his name called at No. 6, Jones walked on the stage to grab the jersey he'll hopefully be wearing for years to come as the man expected to take over for Eli Manning once his long career is up.

The Duke product was been connected to the Giants more and more in the time leading up to the draft, with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano hearing from one source that Jones was "their guy."

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Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Deandre Baker (18) prepares for a defensive play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Deandre Baker (18) prepares for a defensive play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Giants were not done in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, as they traded back in at No. 30 to select CB DeAndre Baker. 

New York struck a deal with the Seahawks in exchange for the Giants' second-round pick at No. 37, a fourth-rounder (No. 132) and a fifth-round pick (No. 142). 

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThis was a bold move by the Giants, trading a second-, fourth- and a fifth-round pick to move back into the first round, where they took the first cornerback selected in this year's NFL draft. Obviously the Giants loved Baker, a 5-foot-11, 193-pounder with 4.5 speed.

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Giants take Daniel Jones 00:00:46
New York Giants select their quarterback of the future and take Duke signal caller Daniel Jones at 6th overall.

To the surprise of many, Duke QB Daniel Jones got the call from the Giants to be their No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

The Giants still had quarterbacks like Dwayne Haskins and even Drew Lock on the board, but just as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano noted earlier this week, Jones was "their guy" and they made the call for him to be their Quarterback of the Future. 

Standing at 6-foot-5, 221 pounds, Jones has the prototypical size NFL teams want to see from their signal callers, but he didn't really show anything special on the stat sheet or the film room. But when he got his shot to show NFL teams what he could do, he ran up the draft boards and the Giants, in particular, were infatuated by him...

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Dec 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) is sacked by Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (90) in the first quarter in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Dec 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) is sacked by Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (90) in the first quarter in the ACC championship game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

With the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Giants added a powerful force on their defensive line in Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence

Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat was still on the board at 217, and made sense for James Bettcher's 3-4 scheme as a speedy edge rusher. But Dave Gettleman wanted to complete the tackle portion in the trenches of the defensive front.


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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants had to go defense with their second first-round pick after taking a quarterback at No. 6. And while Lawrence isn't the edge rusher everyone thought they were after, the 6-foot-4, 342-pounder is a massive presence for the middle of their defensive line.

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Here are updates on the latest Giants information from the NFL Draft, including picks, reports and more.


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April 25, 11:39 PM: The Giants moved back into the first round in a trade with the Seahawks to select CB Deandre Baker at 30th overall. In exchange, the Giants gave their second-rounder (No. 37) and two fourth-round picks (No. 132 and No. 142). 

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While most Giants fans were yelling in agony, crying, or staring blankly into outer space after the team took Daniel Jones No. 6 overall., Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins laughed before shaking his head.

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The Giants have found their hopeful heir apparent to Eli Manning after selecting Duke QB Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Earlier this offseason, many believed the Giants had their eyes set on Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins. But Jones has been linked to New York more of late, and now we know why. 


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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Dave Gettleman did not hide the fact that he wanted to find the heir apparent to Eli Manning, and that he hoped to do it in this draft. And he sure did, taking Jones, who has risen up draft boards in the last few months.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Daniel Jones (Duke) is selected as the number six overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Daniel Jones (Duke) is selected as the number six overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The Twitter reaction to the Giants selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall was fast and furious, conveying almost unanimous bewilderment at the pick.

Joe Budden's fiancée, Cyn Santana, posted a video of Budden shocked and needing to take a seat on the floor after watching the pick on television.

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Here are the latest Giants rumors and reports leading into the NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night...


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April 25, 7:09 PM:

As the Redskins sniff around about trading down to take a QB, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that Redskins PR head Tony Wyllie is in Nashville, which Farmer suggests is "unusual" for a team with a pick as low No. 15 -- indicating a trade could be in the works. Farmer notes that while there has been lots of talk linking Washington to Dwayne Haskins, his guess is that they would take Daniel Jones

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Sam Darnold (Southern California) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Sam Darnold (Southern California) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Giants weren't going to let this one go unanswered.

After the Jets thanked the Giants on Twitter before Thursday's NFL Draft for passing on Sam Darnold last year, the Giants answered, "You're welcome" with a photo of last year's No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley posing with his Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

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Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants both need a pass rusher. Could Texans star Jadeveon Clowney be an option?

Ahead of Thursday's NFL draft, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the Texans are open to trading Clowney, whom they franchise tagged last month.

However, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has reported Houston wants to sign the 26-year-old Clowney to a contract extension.

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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NASHVILLE -- The Arizona Cardinals hold the keys to the entire first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. And they just might hold the keys to the Giants' future as well.

There is no doubt the Giants will be watching closely tonight when the Cardinals make the first overall pick, sometime around 8 p.m. Arizona is widely expected to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. And once they do -- or if they do -- it'll be clear that their current quarterback, Josh Rosen, will be available in a trade.

The Giants have already had internal discussions about the possibility of trading for Rosen, as SNY has reported, and an NFL source said they've also spoken to the Cardinals, too. Those conversations, the source said, were very preliminary and were just an attempt by the Giants to get an idea of the Cards' intentions and what the price for Rosen might be.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: NASHVILLE- Dave Gettleman can be hard to decipher sometimes, but history suggests he's not a very good liar. He tells it like it is, even if his plan isn't always crystal clear at that moment.

So when he said it was his "dream" to find a successor to Eli Manning and glowed about the "Kansas City model" of having a young quarterback to sit behind a veteran for a year, I believed him. I also believed him when he insisted he wouldn't "force" a pick or "reach" for a quarterback. And I believed him when he glowed about the defensive players at the top of the draft, and how he thought one of them would absolutely be there for the Giants at 6.

And when he was asked about the possibility of trading up, I took "no guts, no glory" as a sign that he'd be willing to do that for the right player.

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Chris Simms not high on Jones 00:01:41
NFL analyst Chris Simms weighs in on the possibility of the New York Giants selecting quarterback Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick.

On Thursday night, the Giants could very well call Duke QB Daniel Jones with one of their two first-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

But NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms doesn't think GM Dave Gettleman should make that call.

Jones has been linked to the Giants throughout the offseason, and Simms just doesn't know why. In fact, he believes Jones isn't worthy of a first-round pick in the first place.

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Drew Lock ready for NY media 00:02:31
Ralph Vacchiano talked to Giants target Drew Lock ahead of the NFL Draft. The QB is confident he'll contribute to any NFL team.

When the Giants are officially on the clock Thursday night in Nashville with the sixth and 17th overall picks to spend, the name Drew Lock could come out of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's mouth. 

The Giants have been connected to the Missouri quarterback throughout this draft process, as the team looks for Eli Manning's hopeful heir apparent for this season. Lock certainly has some competition for that role with Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones among them. 

But in a 1-on-1 interview with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, Lock sold himself with not just the physical attributes like his strong arm and ability to keep a play alive. He made sure to point out what he accomplished through the ups and downs during his four years with the Tigers.

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Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) during the first half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) during the first half in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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NASHVILLE - Josh Allen, the best edge-rusher available in this year's NFL draft, thinks it would be "crazy" if he ended up playing NFL football not far from where he grew up in Montclair, N.J.

It would be even crazier if he ended up playing for the Giants and not the Jets.

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Draft Profile: Daniel Jones 00:00:41
Duke College quarterback Daniel Jones is a 2019 NFL draft prospect and looks to have early-round potential.

NASHVILLE -- Dave Gettleman sounded last week like he was perfectly content to wait to see if the right quarterback falls to the Giants with their second of two first-round picks in the NFL draft.

But there are a number of people around the NFL who just don't believe him and think he's preparing to take Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6.

"That's their guy," an NFL source told SNY on Wednesday. "They love him and they have for a while. I can't imagine they'll wait until 17. He's not likely to last that long."

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Giants NFL Draft Preview 00:01:29
SNY Draft Analyst Rich Cirminiello previews the Giants NFL Draft, looking at who they should pick, avoid and a possible sleeper to steal.

The Giants have eight picks over the final four rounds of the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. 

That leaves them with plenty of opportunity to improve the depth of their football team.

NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello broke down five sleeper candidates the Giants should be targeting with their surplus of picks.

Ryan Finley, N.C. State, QB 

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Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)
Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)

Depending on which pieces of information you trust, Dwayne Haskins is either a terrific pocket-passer with a great mental approach who should go early in the first round of the NFL Draft, or he isn't a first-round talent at all.

According to ESPN's Diana Russini, the Redskins believe Haskins is the former -- and have made him their target. 

The Redskins currently have the No. 15 pick in the Draft, and also have a second-round pick (No. 46).

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Odell needs to take high road 00:01:03
Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. recently went on a twitter rant about the New York Giants and the Thread dissects the fiasco

Former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued to call out his former team on Twitter on Monday night.

A day after Beckham called out Giants GM Dave Gettleman for his comments about the team not having a culture problem "anymore", Beckham tweeted his side of the story when he wanted to return from injury but head coach Pat Shurmur wouldn't let him.

A sampling of Beckham airing the Giants' dirty laundry...

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Nov 10, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones passes the football in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports (Nell Redmond)
Nov 10, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones passes the football in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports (Nell Redmond)

The Giants will be on the clock twice during the first round of the NFL Draft. 

However, that means there are two chances for them to miss -- at No. 6 and No. 17 overall. 

NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello dished on four prospects the Giants should avoid come Thursday.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants will enter the NFL Draft with two glaring needs they have to fill soon and two first-round picks with which to do it. They need a Quarterback of the Future, unless they really do think Eli Manning will play forever. And they need a pass rusher for a team that basically has none.

There is absolutely no reason they can't get both if GM Dave Gettleman plays his draft cards right, and there are multiple ways he can do it. But the best and smartest way to do it would be to take the franchise quarterback first and the pass rusher later.

So he should take Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins with the sixth overall pick, and a top defensive player -- like Clemson's Clelin Ferrell -- at 17.

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Giants NFL Draft Preview 00:01:29
SNY Draft Analyst Rich Cirminiello previews the Giants NFL Draft, looking at who they should pick, avoid and a possible sleeper to steal.

NFL Draft expert Rich Cirminiello has a bold claim. 

In five years, Dwayne Haskins will be a better quarterback than Kyler Murray

Here's why he thinks the Giants should select Haskins at No,. 6, including options they could tap into if they don't take him there, as well as who Big Blue should target with the 17th overall pick. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins drops back in the pocket during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. (Matthew OHaren/USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins drops back in the pocket during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. (Matthew OHaren/USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Giants pick a quarterback with the No. 6 or No. 17 pick in Thursday's NFL draft, it is possible they could draft someone who has drawn comparisons to Tom Brady.

Former NFL quarterback and former NFL analyst Trent Dilfer compared Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins to the six-time Super Bowl champion Brady, not based on the style of play, but how they see the field.

"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."

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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman believes he knows what it takes to build a Super Bowl contender, having been a part of a number of teams that have gotten there throughout his career. He says he's never been a part of a Super Bowl team that had a culture problem.

So as he tries to rebuild the Giants into such a team, does he think there's a culture problem?

"Not anymore," Gettleman told NJ Advance Media's Steve Politi in a story posted Sunday.

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Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jonah Williams (73) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

It's no secret Dave Gettleman loves big guys. Or, as he calls them, "hog mollies." The Giants general manager maintains the old-school philosophy that the game is won in the trenches, and he's done all he can during his tenure in charge to make the team fit that mold.  

To protect quarterback Eli Manning's blind side, Gettleman signed All-Pro tackle Nate Solder from New England. Another notable move was selecting guard Will Hernandez, who started all 16 games at guard last season, in the second round. But Solder took a step back from his Patriots days, Hernandez had to learn on the fly as a rookie, and an injury to center Jon Halapio early in the year left the Giants thin at the position. 

Plus, a hole still exists at right tackle.

Enter Jonah Williams, perhaps the "hoggiest" "molly" in the 2019 draft class. The Giants will have two first round picks come Thursday. Will Gettleman be able to pass on the Alabama product with more than one pass at him? 

Tags: Eli Manning, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez
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New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)

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There's nothing more memorable than finding a monster player in the NFL draft - unless it's bungling a high-profile pick. Thanks to the Internet and fans' long memories, those dud choices live forever, long after careers have ended. 

How will that play out for the Giants on Thursday in the latest installment of the draft? Is there another Dave Brown waiting for them, come draft night? Another high-profile Duke quarterback is available, so what could go wrong? 

With that in mind, here's a look at the Giants' biggest mistakes in the draft over the last 25 years. Brown doesn't make this list, since he was picked in the 1992 supplemental draft. But you'll probably remember plenty of the guys who do.

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We're back with another scouting report, and another defensive end has made the list as the Giants have less than a week left until the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Clelin Ferrell was one of college football's most lethal edge rushers on a Clemson Tigers' line that was furious in all aspects. The redshirt junior could have entered the Draft last season, but he wanted to work on his craft more in college and it paid off. 

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There's nothing more memorable than finding a monster player in the NFL draft - unless it's bungling a high-profile pick. Thanks to the Internet and fans' long memories, those dud choices live forever, long after careers have ended. 

How will that play out for the Giants on Thursday in the latest installment of the draft? Is there another Dave Brown waiting for them, come draft night? Another high-profile Duke quarterback is available, so what could go wrong? 

With that in mind, here's a look at the Giants' biggest mistakes in the draft over the last 25 years. Brown doesn't make this list, since he was picked in the 1992 supplemental draft. But you'll probably remember plenty of the guys who do.

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Nov 10, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones passes the football in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports (Nell Redmond)
Nov 10, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones passes the football in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils won 42-35. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports (Nell Redmond)

The Giants have been rumored to be heavily interested in drafting Duke QB Daniel Jones. And according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo, one team has Jones as the No. 1 quarterback on their Draft board.

Is it the Giants?

Robinson certainly seems like he's implying it's them, ending his tweet about Jones by saying "And y'all know exactly who that team is."

The Giants have been the team most closely linked to Jones, who could possibly be available when they make their second pick at No. 17 in six days. New York also has the No. 6 pick, and it would be shocking if Jones isn't there at that point. 

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Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate (19) walks the sideline after the anthem before a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Nov 25, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Golden Tate (19) walks the sideline after the anthem before a game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Welcome to New Jersey, Golden Tate. 

The Giants' newest receiver, signed in March, is becoming acclimated to his new home as the team's voluntary offseason program began this week at their facilities in East Rutherford. 

But Tate is learning more than just a new playbook -- he is also learning about the quirks of living in New Jersey. 

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Giants players discuss their optimism for the upcoming season while their newest additions look to fit in

The debate about the Giants' No. 2 pick from last year's NFL Draft rages on even a year later, with some still believing that Dave Gettleman and Co. should've taken a quarterback, perhaps the Jets' Sam Darnold, instead of running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley is aware that such talk still exists and had this to say about it on Thursday.

"Yes. I understand that. I don't care for their opinions or anything, I can't change those opinions. Not being cocky or anything, but if a Rookie of the Year doesn't sway that mindset, then I don't know what will," Barkley said.

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Many experts believe the Giants will go with a defensive playmaker with their No. 6 pick, but the No. 17 pick is up in the air. Does GM Dave Gettleman go quarterback? What about another defensive playermaker? Even an offensive tackle can't be ruled out. 

For the quarterback argument, the Giants know they need a successor for Eli Manning heading into this season, and the NFL Draft has some top prospects that could be that man. One of them that has been connected to the Giants is Duke QB Daniel Jones. The 6-foot-5 gunslinger impressed during his Senior Bowl drills, and some believe the Giants could nab him with their second first-rounder. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - By the time the draft begins at 8 p.m. next Thursday, Dave Gettleman and his staff will have spent months building the Giants' big board. They will have a pretty good idea by then of what they're going to do - particularly with their two first-round picks.

Then the Arizona Cardinals will make the first overall pick, and everything could change.

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It's officially one week until the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville, and the Cardinals will be on the clock with the first overall pick. With that top selection, many believe Arizona is going to take dual threat QB Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma to lead Kliff Kingsbury's offense in his first year as head coach. 

And those speculations about Murray taking over have not gone over the head of the Cardinals' current starter in Josh Rosen -- the 2018 first-round pick the Cardinals traded up to get at No. 10. 

Rosen has been going about his offseason like normal, but he is no stranger to the rumors involving him potentially being traded away. He admitted he has been keeping tabs on what's been reported during a segment with Sports Illustrated

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New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman explains his draft strategy during his most recent press conference and how he will handle drafting a QB.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman spoke with the media for roughly a half hour during his pre-Draft press conference on Thursday afternoon. The majority of the questions were -- shocker -- about the plans at quarterback. Here are the takeaways...

On the quality of this year's QB class

"It's good. It's a good quarterback class," Gettleman said when asked, but he laughed off an attempt to get him to answer whether it was better than the 2018 QB class: "Better than last year? I'm not going there! Come on now!"

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Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)
Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)

Dwayne Haskins' stock soared after his pro day, but has fallen in recent weeks -- either because interested teams are trying to spread disinformation so he falls to them or due to concrete concerns about his ability to excel in the NFL.

And if Haskins winds up with the Giants -- who have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in the Draft next Thursday -- he's happy to sit and learn from Eli Manning.

"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."

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Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State (9) in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; South defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State (9) in the second quarter of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

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When the Giants find themselves officially on the clock at No. 6 in the 2019 NFL Draft, many experts believe GM Dave Gettleman is going to get one of the top edge rushers still on the board. This is a heavy draft class for defensive playmakers that include Nick Bosa and Josh Allen.

But those two are likely not going to be there for the Giants at No. 6. So who could the Giants select here? How about Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat?

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Eli Manning during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

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A week-by-week look at the Giants' 2019 schedule, and some way-too-early predictions that are sure to change a lot:

Week 1 (Sept. 8) - @ Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

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One of the biggest mysteries in this year's NFL Draft is whether the Giants will take a quarterback, and if they do, which of their first-round picks will they use? It's not even clear which quarterbacks will be available to them at No. 6, or if any of the top ones will be left at No. 17.

For weeks, it has seemed they will go with a defensive player at 6. Lately, some smart NFL people have changed their minds on that. Eli Manning thinks there's a chance the Giants will use one of those early picks on his likely successor. And adding to the intrigue, the quarterback most often pegged to go to the Giants at 6 - Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins - is now a player some think will be available at 17.

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' 2019 regular-season schedule is set, as a leak was confirmed by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Wednesday. Big Blue wants to bounce back from their 5-11 record of last season, but it will be no easy task with the opponents they are set to play. 

Here's what matchups to look forward to this season...

Familiar Opener

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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