Selecting second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Giants will likely have their choice of either Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold, whichever quarterback isn't selected first overall by the Browns.
While many early mock drafts assume that Darnold will be taken by the Browns, the quarterback said that it'd be "amazing" should his name be called by the Giants. One reason for his excitement: Eli Manning.
"I was at the Manning Passing Academy, it was a great opportunity for me to get better, and I learned a lot from Eli," Darnold told Steve Serby of NY Post. "He's a great guy, great personality, him and Peyton both. ... It would be amazing. If I do get drafted by New York and he was there, it'd be an amazing opportunity to get better."
Darnold completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 14 games in his second season as a starter for the Trojans. He finished his collegiate career by completing 26-of-45 passes for 356 yards and an interception in USC's 24-7 loss to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
The 20-year-old joked that being a communications major at USC has prepared him to handle the New York media.
"No, it wouldn't scare me," he said. "I dealt with a lot at USC. The market's pretty big at USC, but I'm sure it's not as big as New York. I learned a lot at USC being a communications major."
The Giants aren't the only New York team near the top of the draft. The Jets pick sixth overall, and while it'd likely take a trade up from the Jets to have a chance to draft Darnold, the former USC quarterback would welcome the opportunity to play for the Jets.
"It would be awesome to play for them as well," Darnold said of the Jets.
Darnold will find out who his future employer is on Thursday, April 26.