Could the Giants pass on taking a quarterback no. 2 overall in the draft? According to NFL.com's first mock draft, that's exactly what they'll do, and draft RB Saquon Barkley instead.
Barkley, in his junior season at Penn State, rushed for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns while winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for the second time. He added another 632 receiving yards on 54 catches with three touchdowns. He returned two kicks for touchdowns and even threw a passing touchdown. His 3,843 career rushing yards at Penn State fall just 90 yards shy of breaking the school's career rushing record, held by Evan Royster.
NFL.com draft expert Daniel Jeremiah has the Browns selecting Sam Darnold, leaving the Giants free to likely pick Josh Rosen, or Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson should they rate one of that trio ahead of Rosen. But he believes, currently, that they'll go for Barkley instead.
The last time the Giants drafted a running back in the first round was 2012, when they selected David Wilson 32nd overall. Wilson's career was undone after two years and 21 games due to neck injuries.
To boot, Jeremiah has Rosen falling long enough that he does go to New York, but the Jets rather than the Giants.
Eli Manning, 37, finished 2017 with 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while totaling 3,468 yards through the air for the Giants. He was sacked 31 times, second only to 2013 when he was brought down 39 times. Landon Collins doesn't want the team to draft a quarterback, as he believes Davis Webb is the answer whenever Manning retires.
Being that the draft is more than three months away, there are many more twists and turns for these mock drafts to take. But this one early version considers the possibility that the Giants will pass on a quarterback at no. 2.