Dwyane Haskins to the New York Giants continues to pick up steam as ESPN 2019 NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. just recently dropped his very first mock draft of the season.
In Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 on ESPN Insider, the expert predicted the Giants will stick with the No. 6 overall pick and select the Ohio State quarterback.
“This is an easy call,” Kiper wrote, via ESPN. “The Giants need a quarterback, and Haskins is the best quarterback in the class. The Giants can’t afford to put off the decision for another year, even if they bring back 38-year-old Eli Manning and let the rookie learn behind him. Haskins (6-3, 220) is far from a finished product — he started only 14 games at Ohio State — but he has an extremely high ceiling. One thing to watch is whether QB-needy teams get aggressive and try to trade up to get in front of the Giants.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Haskins connected to the Giants so far in mock draft season. Earlier last week, we compiled the most recent mock drafts from a panel of experts around the NFL media landscape. Haskins was the prospect most often linked to the Giants in mock draft predictions.
The Giants have also been connected to Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in recent mock drafts. This past week, following Murray’s decision to declare for the draft, both CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus predicted Giants head coach Pat Shurmur would bring Murray on board to run one of the most dynamic offenses from a skill position standpoint we’ve seen in recent years with the dual-threat quarterback, Saquon Barkley, and Odell Beckham Jr.
Earlier this offseason, Haskins made it pretty clear he is hoping the Giants draft him. The New Jersey native (he grew up in Highland Park) Tweeted then deleted a photoshopped image of him wearing No. 7 in a Giants jersey. Haskins also made it clear that he would have no problem sitting for an entire season and learning behind quarterback Eli Manning should the Giants decided to keep the veteran. According to Haskins, Manning is a legend and sometimes sitting and learning is the best route for a young quarterback.
At Ohio State, Haskins sat, learned, and waited for his turn behind quarterback J.T. Barrett. When Haskins finally got his chance to start in 2018, he threw for 50 touchdowns. The 50 touchdown passes broke Drew Brees’ longstanding Big Ten record with Purdue for the most touchdown passes in a single season. Haskins’ 50 touchdown passes were also the most thrown in a college football season since 2008.
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Haskins has also previously talked on multiple occasions about why he wants the Giants to draft him.