Here come the quarterbacks.
The Giants continue their top-30 visits this week by bringing in two of the hottest prospects in the draft. Sam Darnold of USC arrives Monday afternoon, dines with members of the coaching staff in the evening and spends Tuesday at the team facility. Josh Allen of Wyoming arrives Tuesday afternoon and, one day after Darnold, does the dinner and meet-and-greet deal as well. The Giants already have had Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield in for private visits.
Darnold is widely considered the top quarterback in the draft and, despite all sorts of chatter and noise, remains likely to be taken by the Browns with the No. 1 pick. Allen is the biggest quarterback with the strongest arm and is intriguing from a development standpoint. Some team will take him early in the first round and attempt to groom him, working with his immense physical abilities.
The Giants attended Darnold’s Pro Day in Los Angeles and Allen’s Pro Day in Laramie.
The Giants, at No. 2, certainly could take a quarterback, with 37-year-old Eli Manning entering his 15th NFL season. It remains more likely they will bypass a quarterback in the first round and select running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb.
It is not as if the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman are opposed to taking a quarterback in this draft, even with Manning set as the starter. If one of these prospects were deemed worthy of ranking as Manning’s eventual successor, the Giants would take him. It is believed the Giants do not view this year’s top quarterbacks — Darnold, Allen, Rosen and Mayfield — as an elite class.
This is an opinion shared by Saints head coach Sean Payton, who continues to win with Drew Brees as his quarterback. The Saints have the 27th-overall pick in this year’s draft and thus Payton is not looking to take one of the top quarterback prospects.
“I don’t see [Andrew] Luck in this draft, and I don’t see Carson Wentz, who I liked a lot coming into the draft,” Payton told MMBQ.com. “I’d feel a little bit uneasy if I were at the top of this draft and I decided I had to have a quarterback. The pressure to get a quarterback is so great in this league, I get that. But we can’t create ’em. I wouldn’t be surprised if only one of these guys is left standing in four or five years, and if so, I’d guess it would be Sam Darnold.”
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