The New York Giants are going into full-on quarterback scouting mode, according to a report from ESPN. There was a “directive given several weeks back by co-owner John Mara” to begin evaluating the top college quarterbacks. This is notable because the San Francisco 49ers could still be in the top quarterback market despite the Jimmy Garoppolo trade.
And if not, the 49ers are still battling the Giants in draft positioning. Right now, the winless 49ers hold the second pick while the one-win Giants hold the third. Before the Garoppolo trade, the 49ers were a primary opponent for the Giants in regards to potentially drafting the top quarterback in the nation.
After said trade, they’re not eliminated from the running, but the relationship with the Giants has been altered somewhat. Now the 49ers are potentially a trade partner down the line, even if only one pick separates them.
This report is notable for a number of reasons. The Giants have admitted that Eli Manning is on the tail end of his career, and it feels like he gets more and more prone to making completely boneheaded mistakes. Now they’re in full-on scouting mode and will likely be drafting a quarterback sooner rather than later.
The folks over at Big Blue View took a look at the top five quarterbacks in the draft and talked about the Giants’ potential interest in bringing in a rookie quarterback next season. It’s worth a read, especially if you think the Giants might be interested in dealing with the 49ers.
And it’s notable because this is all hot on the heels of the news that the Minnesota Vikings have activated Teddy Bridgewater to the active roster. They hope Bridgewater can still be the quarterback of the future, but if not, they are certainly looking to be big players in the quarterback market this offseason.