Following April of last year, the Giants fan base was split on the decision to draft Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick. Barkley has been sensational for the Giants over the season but with the team’s current record at 5-10 fans have pointed to QB play as the source of it all.
Whether you believe Eli Manning is the sole reason for the Giants poor season is up for debate but what isn’t is that the Giants need to have a contingency plan in place for life after the 38-year old QB and the 2019 draft is their chance to do it. Oregon QB Justin Herbert has decided to forego the 2019 draft to stay in school for his senior year leaving the QB class for this draft very thin but one thing is for sure and that is that the prospect of Dwayne Haskins is legit and the G-Men are very much in play to draft the Ohio State QB come April should he declare. Haskins is coming off of a season that saw him break record after record in his lone season as a starter for the Buckeyes and almost lead them to a berth in the college football playoffs.
One quality of Haskins that can’t be taught is size and at 6’3 220 pounds the Buckeye QB can certainly be able to withstand the NFL. Haskins will go into the draft as undoubtedly the premier QB in this class and while some may say to just wait it out a year for the following QB class, the way the Giants have played for the majority of the second half of the season could lead one to believe that should they sure up some things on defense and add a piece or two to the offensive line they may not even be in a position to take a franchise guy in the 2020 draft.
Above all else it’s a lot more easy to draft skill players then to find that franchise quarterback and it’s also better to start the process of grooming a young QB to lead your franchise sooner rather than later. Haskins has not been shy at all about letting it be known of how fond he is of the idea of playing for the New York football Giants. He’s friends with Saquon Barkley, has chatted with Odell Beckham Jr through social media before, and has even liked a few posts about him being the Giants QB of the future.
Haskins who is also originally from New Jersey grew up a Giants fan attending camps as a child as well as games which are all viewable on YouTube. In his interview right before the Heisman ceremony he mentioned that he’d like it very much if he were drafted by the Giants while naming off all the big blue legends he had come in contact with while attending the organizations camps. The young QB has also mentioned he wouldn’t mind sitting behind veteran QB Eli Manning who will enter the final year of his contract next season to learn and better prepare himself for when it’s his time to step on the field. Haskins who has completed 70.2 percent of his passes this season put up 4,580 passing yards in his lone season as a starter and logged in 47 touchdowns as well.
One of the unique things about Haskins was his ability to succeed in Urban Meyers offense which caters to dual threat quarterbacks while primarily being a pure pocket passer and he continued to get better each week as the season progressed showing how he continued to learn.
The next look fans will be able to get of Haskins will be at the Rose Bowl against Washington at five PM on New Years day. Some may not believe in destiny but if you do all signs point to Haskins being the man the Giants should take come April of 2019.
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