Mini-mock draft: Giants pass on a potential future franchise quarterback

From ESPN - April 17, 2018

Who are the New York Giants drafting with the second pick?

Its the No. 1 question I get asked these days. No wonder, the 2018 NFL draft is 10 days away. Finally!

Giants fans have been talking about it since Week 5 of last season. Its their biggest moment since the playoff game in Green Bay 15 months ago.

I have heard and processed a lot of information over the past few weeks. This is my best guess at how the top seven picks unfold next Thursday night.

1. Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Not buying the Josh Allen talk. Wont believe it until I see it. As one source said: Not a good player right now, would be unprecedented for a player who has accomplished so little at all levels to go No. 1 overall. Darnold is 20 years old with a more impressive resume. If Darnold is available at No. 2, it changes the equation for the Giants. I would expect him to be their pick if the Browns elect to go elsewhere.

Scouts/coaches on Darnold: He has the makeup that you like. Better football player than quarterback. If youre willing to wait a year or two, there is some magic in him. "All upside with him."

2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

Its hard to imagine Barkley wont be No. 1 on the Giants board. Hes that good a player, and the Giants are crazy about him. Barkley was expected to be the top player on the board for the two other teams I checked with last week. Unless general manager Dave Gettleman gets an offer he cant turn down, the Giants take their gold jacket guy in this scenario.

Scouts/coaches on Barkley: Hes legit. Better prospect than Zeke and Fournette. Youre talking about a 230-pound dude who runs sub-4.4 that has balance and run skills. Its rare.

3. Jets: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

The same person who told me the Jets would take Christian Hackenberg two years ago told me Mayfield to the Jets weeks ago. Who am I to argue? We all know the Jets are taking a quarterback. Mayfields personality and past may fit with the Jets. It doesnt with the Giants and their ownership group.

Scouts/coaches on Mayfield: The guy kicked a** at the highest level. Hes confident, tough, poised and a leader. Mayfield vs. Allen is a guy who has done everything vs. a guy who has done nothing.


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