The Giants will select UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, predicts ESPN's Todd McShay.
The Giants' quarterback situation has been in flux all season, and with the aging Eli Manning under center, they need to be looking to the future. Enter Rosen, who McShay touts as the most NFL-ready quarterback entering the draft in April.
"This is another team with a lot of holes, but none is more glaring than at QB," McShay wrote. "Eli Manning will be 37 at the start of the next season, and the Giants' offense hasn't scored 30 points in a game since the 2015 season (30 straight games). Davis Webb hasn't been able to get on the field, and Geno Smith isn't the long-term answer at the position. Rosen outplayed Darnold in their recent matchup, and I came away impressed from watching him from the sideline. Rosen is the most NFL-ready QB in this class. The biggest challenge for him will be selling teams on his love/need for the game and his "coachability."
Rosen, and USC's Sam Darnold, have been debated all season as to who is the best quarterback coming out of the draft. McShay sees Darnold going first overall to the Cleveland Browns, making the Giants pounce on the 6-foot-4, 218 pound quarterback.
This season, Rosen has seen career highs in yards (3,717), touchdowns (26), and completion percentage (62.5). However, as McShay points out, Rosen's "coachability" and desire to play the game as brought questions to the type of player the Giants would be drafting. Immaturity has also been a point when judging the 20-year-old's character.
Rosen will likely play his final collegiate game in the Cactus Bowl against Kansas State on Dec. 26.