Giants checking out QBs

By | November 9, 2017

Interesting story earlier this week that Giants co-owner John Mara had literally ordered the team’s football management to get cracking checking out the top QBs in the 2018 draft class. On the one hand, it doesn’t really sound like something that Mara would actually say, but the Giants reportedly did dispatch VP of Player Evaluation Marc Ross to the far coast to check out UCLA QB Josh Rosen. And while its not unusual for teams to send senior personnel people to check out top college prospects, it is very unusual that they would be going so early in the process. So reading the tea leaves what does it tell us? First, its pretty obvious that everything else being equal the Giants will take a QB early in the upcoming draft. Of course, we can also assume that the Giants will be doing the same kind of due diligence on the other top QB prospects including Sam Darnold of Southern Cal, but the fact that the Giants have a senior exec checking out Rosen suggests their scouts already have a pretty good grade on him. (At this point in the process, the Giants would have had at least 2-3 scouts at UCLA at different points in the season and its also likely that several of the positions coached will also have graded film on him to date.) And while it may dismay many of the ‘fire-em-all’ elements among the Giants’ fan base, the fact that ownership appears to be entrusting the QB search to the current personnel department may suggest that the team may not be making any radical changes to their football operations staff.