One day at the NFL scouting combine, Giants GM Dave Gettleman sounded like it would be hard to pass on a quarterback at the No. 2 pick. Shortly after, Pat Shurmur made it sound like a running back was his top priority. And of course, every chance he got, Gettleman spoke about the importance of the offensive line.
So is it Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen? Or Saquon Barkley? Or Quenton Nelson?
Expect those winds to change a lot over the next seven weeks.
For now, all that's clear is the Giants have some very enticing options among the players who figure to be in play for them with the second overall pick in the NFL draft - and that's assuming they stay there, since Gettleman didn't sound like he's in love with the idea of trading down. There is a long way to go, of course, and things can and will change a lot.
But for now, here are my five top post-combine options for the Giants, in the order that - for the moment - I think they are most likely to be right:
QB Sam Darnold, USC
Despite all the hype of other prospects and plenty of misdirection, what I got out of the combine interviews was this: If the Giants think there is a franchise quarterback at No. 2, they will draft him because setting up the franchise for the next decade is more important than getting help now. At least that's what I thought I heard between the confusing lines. The only question is: Do they think there's a franchise quarterback in this draft?
The consensus on the quarterbacks fluctuates a lot this early, but one constant is that Darnold is generally seen as the surest bet. He has the size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds), the resume, the past performance, the demeanor, and no, no one cares that he didn't throw at the combine.
He may not be an immediate starter, but that's fine with the Giants. If he gets by the Browns, my early bet is on him.
QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
Rosen seemed very polished, poised, and determined at his combine press conference, which is at odds with his reputation - among some in the NFL - as a kid who could be a problem, and who isn't focused on football. People that know him swear that's not true. I don't know if it is or not, but NFL scouts sometimes have preconceived ideas that are hard to break no matter how much they get to know a kid.
If they can get past that, some think the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder is a much more pro-ready prospect than Darnold, and that he might be just as good in the long run. I've heard the Giants like him, at least to an extent, so if Darnold is gone that won't necessarily scare the Giants into another position.
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Heading into the combine everyone thought he was the most dynamic, and possibly best, player in the draft. Then, he lit up the combine and everyone went crazy. Through Shurmur's talk about how important a running back is to his offense - especially one that can catch - and Gettleman's talk about the "myth" of the "devalued" position, a marriage between Barkley and the Giants was born.
Of course, now there are reports he could go No. 1. I've heard that too, and since the quarterback-needy Browns also have the fourth overall pick, I'd take those reports seriously. I still think Barkley is only the Giants' choice if they don't believe in a franchise quarterback. Gettleman, of all people, knows that he can find running backs who can succeed, as long as he is able to fix the offensive line. Finding quarterbacks is much, much harder.
G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
There were moments during the combine when it seemed impossible to believe that Gettleman would pass on this 6-foot-5, 330-pound, self-described "nasty" guard who wants to rip the will from his opponents. Listen to Gettleman talk about the importance of interior linemen for two minutes, and this seems like his guy.
That's certainly possible, but Gettleman also knows interior linemen can be found in a lot of places and developed. Yes, he'd take one this good, this high. But again, they're easier to find than elite running backs, and much easier to find than top quarterbacks.
So, Nelson seems most likely if the Giants don't see a quarterback they love, and if Barkley goes to Cleveland at No. 1. It may hinge on whether they are able to sign Panthers guard Andrew Norwell in free agency, too.
QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
The combine didn't clear up a lot about Allen, except that scouts were right about his cannon arm. It's hard to find a scout that doesn't love this 6-foot-5, 233-pounder, but it's also hard to find a team that isn't concerned about his accuracy issues, and his poor senior season. He has everything anyone could want in a quarterback, but his recent performances suggest he might be a bit of a project.
Yes, it's hard to see the Giants taking a project quarterback at No. 2, especially considering at least one of the Darnold-Rosen tandem (if not both) will be available. But there is a long, long time for scouts to convince their bosses that this is the guy, and a long time for teams to become convinced that they can fix his problems.
That's what happens in the run-up to the draft. And if Allen is a little more on-target at his Pro Day, he could suddenly vault a little closer to the top.