As was the case last offseason, speculation about what the Giants will do with their top draft pick has come down to whether or not the team chooses a quarterback or not.
The Giants don't want to enter "Quarterback Hell," as GM Dave Gettleman put it last year, but this year's draft class isn't as quarterback-heavy as 2018. Instead, the top prospects seem to be defensive linemen and linebackers, two positions the Giants can certainly use an upgrade at.
So what should the Giants do? Well, former wide receiver and Super Bowl winner Plaxico Burress gave his answer.
"They have generational talent, but at the quarterback position, we just gotta find a way to solidify that position...and my mindset is if Dwayne Haskins is available at the sixth pick, we gotta take him," Burress said on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed." "Kyler Murray may end up at the New York Giants, but from a passing standpoint, with Sterling [Shepard] and Evan [Engram] and Odell [Beckham Jr.], Haskins...is a better fit for that offense."
Haskins is arguably the best quarterback prospect in the Draft, with Oregon's Justin Herbert opting to play his senior season next year. The Heisman-winning Murray entering changes that argument slightly, but Haskins is still viewed as a player the Giants could take at No. 6.
The Ohio State product had himself a tremendous sophomore season, throwing for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns to eight interceptions, and a 70 completion percentage. He has a strong arm, good pocket presence, and most importantly for the Giants, he can extend the play outside of the pocket.
It's no secret mobility is current Giants QB Eli Manning's crutch, and at age 38, it's not changing anytime soon. Still Manning is expected to return for the Giants next season.
However, if the Giants do draft his hopeful successor, Manning may have a short leash. As Michael Strahan pointed out, when Manning was drafted back in 2004, the Giants already had Kurt Warner. But New York made the switch to Manning after a few games.
Manning could be in Warner's shoes this time around, but Burress knows the Giants need to shore up the O-line no matter who is under center.
"From what I'm hearing, from what I understand, he's gonna come back and play another," Burress said of Manning. "They have to find a way to protect him, first and foremost. If you can't protect him, he can't go out and perform."
The Giants also have free agent options like Nick Foles and Teddy Bridgewater, but given they both have questionable pasts, the Draft may be their best bet. As the days and weeks go by, New York's direction at quarterback will (hopefully) clear up.