There have been a few 2017 NFL mock drafts recently where people are projecting that the New York Giants will draft North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky with their first pick, number 23 overall.
Trubisky had an outstanding season in his junior year at Carolina. He threw for 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. He definitely has a promising NFL future. But if the Giants take Trubisky, or any quarterback in the first round, they would be making a huge mistake.
Typically, when a team takes a quarterback with their first pick, it is coming off of a losing season. Drafting a first-round quarterback implies a team is in rebuilding mode. As we all know, Big Blue went 11-5 in 2016. It finished tied for the second-best record in the NFC. The team it was tied with, the Atlanta Falcons, went on to win the conference championship.
So, it’s clear the Giants will be one of the favorites to come out of the NFC next season, and Eli Manning has at least two or three good years left in him. Instead of drafting a quarterback for the future in the first round, NY needs to draft someone who can start and contribute right away.
Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk, Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, or Alabama tight end O.J. Howard are some of the players that could be available when the Giants pick at 23. Each of these players will make an immediate impact and could be the missing piece to another Super Bowl run. Trubisky, or any other quarterback that the Giants could draft, wouldn’t see the field unless Manning got injured. If that were to happen, the Giants’ dreams of a Super Bowl would vanish anyway. No rookie quarterback has ever led his team to a championship or even a conference title.
General manager Jerry Reese needs to use his first pick this year to find a player that can help Manning and company win Super Bowl 52 rather than use it in search of his successor.