The Giants are 1-5 with the struggling Eli Manning at the helm and might find themselves witih a Top-3 pick in the NFL Draft for the second-straight year. But if they do, they shouldn't expect standout Oregon QB Justin Herbert to be there.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, citing NFL scouts who have been in touch with "friends and contacts" on the Oregon staff, and "strong signals throughout the agent community," says it would be "a surprise" if Herbert opted to declare for the 2019 Draft.
Instead, the 20-year-old Herbert is expected to return to Oregon for his senior year.
In seven games during what is his first season as the starter for Oregon, the 6'6", 233-pound Herbert has completed 131 of 212 passes for 1,883 yards while throwing 18 touchdowns and five interceptions.
"You watch guys like Carson Wentz, Andrew Luck. ... that's the type of player (Herbert) is in terms of traits and potential," a scout told Matt Miller of Bleacher Report earlier this month.
At the moment, the Giants are tied with the Colts, Raiders, and 49ers for the second-worst record in the NFL. The Cardinals -- at 1-6 -- have the worst record.
Meanwhile, the Giants' situation at quarterback is a mess, with the 37-year-old Manning flailing behind a rebuilt offensive line while he also takes verbal shots from Odell Beckham Jr.
Giants co-owner John Mara said last week that he still has faith in Manning, and that whether or not to turn to rookie Kyle Lauletta at some point during the season would be up to the coaching staff.