The Giants will need a QB and the selection spot would be the perfect meeting of need and BPA. They have young talent outside at the WR position in Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Add in veteran big body Brandon Marshall and the WR group, if it can stay healthy, gives him plenty of solid targets. At the TE position, rookie Brandon Ingram displayed plenty of promise and could be a high upside security blanket for the young QB.
Defensively this team spent big dollars in the 2017 free agency period and it showed as the season wore on. They could use an elite pass rusher and as always for the Giants, an upgrade in the LB group but this side of the ball won’t be a negative.
It would seem Rosen left the UCLA Football program only to be cursed with another team with OL questions. The Giants need to upgrade the protection no matter who’s behind center. The run game really fell off last season and if it isn’t addressed it’s going to hamper the young QB’s development. Of course a major part of it is the OL but who’s the bellcow back there? Or at least who gets the majority of the carries? Former UCLA Football Bruin Paul Perkins regressed and was injured in his sophomore campaign but right now the RB group is just a bunch of guys with not a single one taking charge of the position.
This isn’t a stretch at all. In fact if you’re an NFL draft junkie you’ve likely seen this as a landing spot for Rosen for the past few months. The former UCLA Football QB could come in and in a year take over for an aging and, if I’m being honest, a diminishing Manning. Sitting your first round selection, especially at QB, isn’t a popular idea but it would be hard to imagine Rosen beating out Manning at this point in both of their careers. Not because Rosen doesn’t have the ability to do it but because that would mean the Giants have to willingly bench or release Manning. After last season’s debacle, benching him doesn’t seem like a popular idea.
Neither Smith or Webb would be a challenge to Rosen in a head to head competition. Smith has spent his entire career in New York first with the Jets and as a backup with the Giants. Neither stint has been impressive and he’s destined for a low ceiling backup role. Webb, a rookie in 2017, is a big, strong armed QB that had plenty of issues coming out of school including deep ball accuracy and decision making.
If Rosen is taken by the Giants the fit and potential for an early impact is promising for the former UCLA Football Bruin. I’d grade this fit a B+.