The Giants and the Jets sent two very different messages to their respective fan bases.
The New York Jets were in the business of going all in when it comes to addressing the quarterback position.
On the flip side, the New York Giants were not.
Giants fans all wondered if General Manager Dave Gettelman was sending a smokescreen to the rest of the NFL when he suggested that Eli Manning has at least another three good years of football left in his right arm.
The Giants were picking second in this years draft. They were in prime position to select Eli’s heir and decided against it.
Dave Gettelman sent a clear message. The Giants are trying to build a team that can win now.
The Giants selected one of the most dynamic running backs to come out of the draft in years in Saquon Barkley out of Penn State.
Barkley is one of those guys that can do it all.
He can take it to the house on any play, he can catch the ball out of the backfield and he can pick up the blitz.
He’s a flat out stud and will absolutely help the Giants next season.
However, I don’t believe it was the right pick for the Giants.
I am not of the belief that the Giants should be looking to build around a 37-year-old quarterback in Eli Manning.
Yes, the Giants will be a better football team next season, but are they a championship caliber team with Barkley in the fold?
The answer to me is a resounding no.
The Giants could have selected Eli’s heir and the succession plan would be in place.
Instead it’s about trying to win at a high level next season…
The ultimate beneficiary of the Giants decision to pass on a quarterback may be the team that they share a stadium with.
The New York Jets landed quarterback Sam Darnold out of USC, a quarterback that was expected to be the first pick in the draft.
Darnold is exactly the sort of quarterback prospect the Jets have been waiting on for years.
He is 20 years old, built like a bull, can make every throw on the field and has the combination of mobility, arm strength and precision that scouts can only dream about.
Darnold’s decision making needs to improve and probably won’t be ready to start right away, but I think he’s in an ideal situation.
Having veteran quarterback Josh McCown back in the fold will be an asset for the rookie. McCown will play the perfect role of mentor and knows ultimately he will be handing the job off to the youngster.
The selection of Sam Darnold gives Jets fans the sort of hope they haven’t had in a very long time.
The hope of finding the best quarterback the franchise has had since Joe Namath.
Jets fans hope that in about five years, they can reminisce in the parking lot of Met Life Stadium over a few cold ones about the day, the pick that changed the franchise forever.
The aftermath of this draft will have lasting ramifications for years to come around town.
For the Giants, Saquon Barkley better turn out to be one of the best running backs in football and the team must perform at a high level for the selection to be justified.
For the Jets, their fans can only hope that they will be able to hold over the Giant fan forever the fact that they passed on Sam Darnold.
I think both New York football teams became a lot more interesting.
Let the guessing games begin.
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