As the New York Giants are wrapping up their season in the NFC East, questions emerge as if it is time to add some new pieces to the mix to change the culture in East Rutherford, N.J. The offense seems to be on the decline, which is eye-opening with a two-time Super Bowl MVP running the team in Eli Manning. Could it be time to take a new signal-caller early in the 2014 NFL Draft to develop under Manning for the near future?
While some may say that it is still too early to think about the Giants’ next gunslinger of the future, those very same people must take a look at his stats. First of all, Manning is 32 years old, slowly entering the decline of his career as a two-time Super Bowl champion. Unfortunately, however, this quarterback has been struggling the past couple years, and though he still has a few good years left at the helm for Big Blue, time is ticking for a new leader of the organization.
Experts would tell you that just last year the Giants took Ryan Nassib in the draft with a fourth-round pick. And though he could very well be a decent game manager throughout his career, there are some talented quarterbacks in this upcoming draft that the Giants could consider drafting in the earlier rounds.
One quarterback I like for the Giants to take a look at in 2014 is Fresno State‘s Derek Carr. The famous brother of former No. 1 overall pick (and former backup of Manning) David Carr, the Bulldogs’ signal caller is currently leading an undefeated squad, shocking many analysts who bet against the university in the beginning of the season.
As the starting quarterback this season, Carr has compiled a total of 39 touchdowns to just four interceptions, while throwing for over 3,943 yards with a 69.7 completion percentage. He has put together an impressive quarterback rating of 159.7. As a senior on Fresno State, Carr has over 102 touchdowns to just 20 interceptions, leading his team to an overall 39-20 record in NCAA Division-I play.
The Giants should absolutely consider drafting Carr early in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Fresno State quarterback would probably go as a second or third round pick, which wouldn’t be a huge commitment, opposed to taking a huge gamble on a mobile quarterback in the first round (i.e. Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater).
Big Blue tends to stick with prototypical quarterbacks who generally can command an offense from inside the pocket, and Carr seems to fit perfectly with this mold, while also possessing the necessary mobility of the current day NFL. Though not a huge threat on the ground, Carr can evade the pass rush, with five TDs and 276 yards out of the pocket throughout his career as a Bulldog.
This seems to be the perfect year to go out and take a quarterback of the likes of Carr to develop under the great Manning, and be ready when the Giants ultimately need him down the road in a few years.