What happened? What’s going on here? The New York Giants even considering taking a quarterback at 12?! That’s insane! Hear me out.
Let’s start off here. For the past couple of seasons, mock drafts everywhere had put Teddy Bridgewater as the number one pick for the upcoming draft in May, regardless of the team potentially picking at the spot. And that had been the consensus No. 1 pick up until a couple months ago, but why?
Sure, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel are great quarterbacks in their own, but what jolted them above the former Louisville star? Some may argue that the infamous Pro Day brought down Bridgewater down a bit, and one day the Giants may be thanking the football gods for it.
Now I personally think Manziel will actually succeed in the league (in the right system), and will probably not be available at No. 12. However, that shouldn’t be a problem. What Bridgewater brings to the Giants is much more than what Johnny Football ever could.
First, let’s look at the new Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo. At this point, every Giants fan knows what he wants to bring to the team, the West Coast offense, and he’s going to need the right quarterback for the role. Eli Manning, a quarterback known for throwing the ball downfield, whether that be to his teammates or the other team, will certainly not be acclimated to a run & gun offense that the WC system McAdoo plans to incorporate in 2014.
Let’s also keep Manning’s “elite” stats in mind, and his tenure in the NFL. In his 10-year career with the Giants, he has thrown for 35,345 yards 229 touchdowns. Of course, you can’t keep those out. A very small minority can say they have had the career Manning has enjoyed. With two Super Bowl MVP’s on his resume, it’s hard to be tough on him. But let’s keep some things in mind. Manning is 33 years old, and as tough as it may be for Giants fans to hear, he has maybe three to four solid seasons left, and thats if he can lower his interception totals. He has thrown 171 interceptions in his 10 seasons. Right, that’s an average of 17.1 interceptions per season, ouch.
So let’s look into what the Giants organization keeps reiterating to fans this offseason. Since the latest free-agent signings in March, Jerry Reese and co. has come out and preached about their “youth movement” and how this team will have a completely new look this upcoming season. Hm, Manning is 33, and is coming off a 27 interception season in 2013.
Bridgewater brings the perfect mix of athleticism to get out of a broken pocket if necessary, and has the field vision and arm strength to get the ball into his playmaker’s hands (i.e. Victor Cruz). Now don’t get me wrong, people. In no way am I stating that Bridgewater is a better quarterback than Manning is right now. What I am saying is that Bridgewater could bring an added dimension to the new offense of the Giants in 2014, or 2015, whichever Tom Coughlin prefers. I wouldn’t have a problem with Bridgewater taking a year to backup Manning to get his feet wet in the NFL without being thrown to the wolves. However, I wouldn’t be against him starting this season either, as he has all it takes to come in his rookie year.
And let’s please get this out of the way, Ryan Nassib nor Curtis Painter is the future of the Giants offense. Nassib is simply a poor-man’s Manning, and that’s being hopeful. Painter, at the age of 28, is a lost cause at the quarterback position and still shocks most fans that he still has a job in this league.
To add to that little tidbit of young quarterbacks on the Giants, according to NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks, Bridgewater perfectly resembles current Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Now how do the Giants and Packers have ties? McAdoo. He was just last season the quarterbacks coach for the Packers, and from 2006-2012 the tight ends coach in GB. Now if that doesn’t scream “match”, I don’t know what does.
Bridgewater would present exceptional value at No. 12 for the Giants in may, more so than Aaron Donald or Eric Ebron. What is the most important position in the NFL? 32 out of 32 GM’s in the league would tell you it is the quarterback, and simply no one could argue that. There could certainly be a surprise on Draft Day in May, but it could end up being for the best for Big Blue.
Christian Nelson is a writer for Giants Gab. Check out his Google+ for more articles on New York Giants Football.