Former Giants QB Phil Simms doesn't want the Giants to draft a quarterback, and his reasoning isn't because he wants another specific player.
He thinks drafting one of the top-rated signal callers will be too much of a distraction.
"What if he goes out there in the preseason and he just lights it up?" Simms told The Post's Steve Serby. "Then [Eli Manning and] the Giants start out 0-2. And what are we gonna hear? What's Steve Serby gonna write? 'Well I think it's time to see the second pick in the draft, we gotta see, we gotta see.' The fans...so there's many things.
"You talk about distractions. When you draft a quarterback really high, it's gonna be a distraction until he plays."
Distractions is what new GM Dave Gettleman wants to get rid of this year. Last season, former head coach Ben McAdoo failed to eliminate locker room distractions, and the team as a whole paid the price with shotty play and a 3-13 record to show for it.
Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur have already declared Manning the starting quarterback for next season, and they even admitted he has a few more years left in him as well. Simms believes drafting a quarterback would just be self-created drama.
"The Giants are trying to clean all that up, in my opinion," he said. "They're trying to get this team stabilized. Get the Odell Beckham Jr. situation straightened out and settle all that stuff down."
Simms is also tuned into all the reports that say the Giants are leaning away from a quarterback with their No. 2 overall pick. Most of those reports say Penn State RB Saquon Barkley will the Giants' guy, with some saying N.C. State's Bradley Chubb is up on the Giants' draft board as well.
Either way, it isn't a quarterback.
"Knowing the league and knowing Twitter and the fans and the media and talk radio and on and on and on, everything lends me to believe what I read, what the Giants say, that I don't thinnk under any circumstances they're gonna take a quarterback with that second pick. That's my guess."
If the Giants select a quarterback, it will be looking ahead toward the future instead of the present. And Simms doesn't think that's the right way to think for the Giants. He believes Gettleman should focus on what his team needs now instead of down the road becuse there is going to be a way to find Manning's successor.
"[Why is it] always, the future, the future, the future?" Simms said. "Sometimes you just gotta deal with the now. Look, the Giants gotta get back to right now. Let's play this year. Of course they're always looking ahead. ... There's always gonna be a guy, there's gonna be lots of things that go on.
"There's gonna be a backup or somebody out there in the league that can definitely play that you can trade for. ...there's many scenarios. It's not like this is: This is it. If we don't draft a guy, we have no future once Eli's gone."
Simms was the Giants' first-rounder (seventh overall) back in 1979 when he came out of Morehead State. He spent his entire 14-yera career under center for Big Blue.