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Giants could look to later rounds for quarterback in NFL draft

It can be done because it has been done.

Not often, mind you, but not so rarely that it should be dismissed.

A franchise-type quarterback — or, at least, a legitimate, winning starting quarterback — can be identified and selected after the first handful of picks in a given NFL draft.

Michael Penix Jr., who threw a pass at Washington’s Pro Day, could be an option for the Giants in the later rounds. P.A.

The rush to take one at No. 1 overall, or No. 2, or No. 3 is usually too tempting for a general manager to pass up.

This is why players in this position are over-analyzed and misvalued more blatantly than players in any other position.

It’s not wise to believe much of what is said by team executives this time of year, but Giants general manager Joe Schoen has said it so frequently that he is unwise to ignore the message.

When it comes to finding a quarterback, he insists, the top of the draft is always fertile ground for shopping, but the top of the draft isn’t the only department that has quality on the shelves. .

Schoen pointed to the 2017 draft as an example of restraint paying off with positive results.

Only one quarterback was among the top nine picks that year – Mitchell Trubisky to the Bears at No. 2 overall in what turned out to be an unfortunate selection.

The Chiefs took Patrick Mahomes at No. 10 and the Texans took Deshaun Watson at No. 12. Both teams won gold.

A more telling example of mining jewelry deeper into the draft came in 2012.

Spencer Rattler, throwing a pass at the NFL Combine, could be a quarterback option for the Giants. USA TODAY Sports

It was obvious that Andrew Luck would go to the Colts with the first pick and only injuries kept Luck from achieving lasting stardom and eventually Hall of Fame status.

Robert Griffin III went No. 2 that year in Washington and he was an immediate success, difficult for opposing defenses to deal with with his pass rush skills, but his lithe body let him down.

“Even in the Andrew Luck draft, some of the best quarterbacks in that draft are still playing,” Schoen said recently at the NFL’s annual league meeting in Orlando. “(Ryan) Tannehill was still a starter last year, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins. These guys didn’t go one, two like Robert Griffin.

“I just think the quarterback position is, I would say, the most important position. A general manager said this during our meetings. It’s the most important position in sports. I wouldn’t disagree due to the level of difficulty in playing this position. Yes, it is very important in the process. Again, it’s an inexact science, and you try to do as much homework as possible to, again, eliminate the margin for error and make the best decision.

The Giants were not involved in sourcing quarterbacks in the first two years Schoen oversaw the draft.

Giants general manager Joe Schoen Getty Images

They’re not all-in for one this time around, but they’re sniffing around — maybe more than just sniffing around — to add to a room that includes Daniel Jones, Drew Lock and Tommy DeVito.

Holding the sixth overall pick, the Giants are not in a prime position to sit out and get one of the top-rated passers, as Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye could be left off the board with the top three choice.

JJ McCarthy is an eye-catching prospect and could go in the top 10 or drop a few spots.

After trading one of their two second-round picks for defensive end Brian Burns in a deal with the Panthers, the Giants are down to just six selections this year.

They don’t have a lot of 2024 draft equity to work with if they want to move up to get a quarterback.

JJ McCarthy P.A.

Using history as a guide, Schoen’s assessment of the 2012 draft hails smart teams with great coaches and the ability to develop talent by finding a quarterback outside of the top five or top 10.

That year, Tannehill went No. 8 to the Dolphins and was the starter for the better part of 11 seasons at Miami and Tennessee, compiling an 81-70 record. He is currently looking for his next team.

This draft also unearthed Wilson in the third round against the Seahawks and Cousins ​​in the fourth round against Washington.

Both have been prolific players and will start at new positions in 2024, with Cousins ​​moving to the Falcons and Wilson hanging on to the Steelers.

Turns out both were draft steals.

Is there a gem outside of the first round this year?

The next tier of quarterbacks – Michael Penix Jr. (Washington), Bo Nix (Oregon), Michael Pratt (Tulane), Spencer Rattler (South Carolina) and Jordan Travis (Florida State) – are players who will likely reach the second round. and, for a few of them, on Day 3 (rounds 4-7) of this repechage.

Make fun of them if you want, but no one looks down on the 49ers’ Brock Purdy, who ranked 262nd in 2022 — dead last — and is established as a starter for the NFC’s Super Bowl entry ago some months.

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