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TDN early Mock Draft has Giants landing franchise quarterback

The New York Giants have one final game to wrap up their 2018 regular season and then we can shift our full attention to the 2019 offseason. Of course, with the Giants eliminated from playoff contention, most of the fanbase has already shifted their focus to this coming critical offseason.

The NFL’s up-and-coming teams generally have one of two things in common: a quarterback on his rookie contract who is playing excellent football and/or multiple and consecutive draft classes that provide multiple key contributors in each one. When NFL teams begin to stack strong draft classes, that’s an excellent indicator that a positive turnaround is coming in a team’s win-loss record.

The Draft Network (TDN) is compromised of diligent, hard-working, and impressive draft analysts who put in the legwork and show their work. The TDN’s Kyle Crabbs recently revealed his early 2019 two-round NFL Mock Draft. In his mock draft, he has the Giants finding their next franchise quarterback and then pairing him with a rangy defensive player whose skill set makes him a near-perfect fit for James Bettcher’s unique defensive scheme. Crabb provided a breakdown for the Giants’ first-round pick below:

No. 8 overall: Giants select Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert

“We don’t know for sure what Herbert’s plans are but for the sake of Giants fans (and my mentions on Twitter) I’m going to continue to give them a franchise QB until it’s no longer feasible,” Crabb wrote.

“This is the dream scenario for the Giants: landing a franchise QB just one year passing on Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen in favor of Saquon Barkley would extend New York’s competitive window exponentially.”

Herbert has yet to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft and it’s possible he returns to Oregon for the 2019 season. The Giants have shown interest in Herbert throughout the 2018 season. Earlier this year, the Giants sent scouts to watch several of Herbert’s games, including his game against Utah. General manager Dave Gettleman also attended one of Herbert’s game to personally and individually scout the quarterback. We broke down why based on Gettleman’s track record/history drafting players, it’s very telling that he decided to scout Herbert.

With their second-round draft pick, Crabb has the Giants drafting Michigan linebacker and 2018 defensive captain Devin Bush.

247Sports college football analyst John Henschke provided the following analysis of Bush after he made the decision to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

“Bush departs the U-M program as a consensus All-American selection at linebacker for the season. On top of that, Bush won multiple defensive awards in the conference including the linebacker of the year and defensive player of the year.

“Although he doesn’t work directly with the linebacker himself, U-M defensive line coach Greg Mattison stood by the defensive captain and said all that needed to be said about Bush’s character and how much he meant to the Wolverines’ defense this season.

‘“He’s a phenomenal linebacker,” Mattison told reporters this season. “And I keep saying it and I mean this, he’s got tremendous character. He’s a great young man. He’s intelligent. After I say that a few times I always go, ‘Cause he’s a Michigan Man’ and I mean that.’

‘“Having been at other schools, I’m telling you what a Michigan Man is, this is him. A guy that has so much invested in his teammates, so much invested in how he plays that when somebody disrespects you, that bothers you.”’

The Giants appear to have landed one of their best draft classes (2018) in nearly a decade during first-year general manager Dave Gettleman’s first draft. The Giants already have six players either starting or playing the vast majority of snaps from this rookie class. Saquon Barkley has played all but a couple handfuls of snaps in every single game this season on route to shattering just about every all-time Giants rookie running back record. In Week 16, Barkley shattered Reggie Bush’s all-time rookie receptions record.

Will Hernandez has improved from Week 1 until now while starting every single game at left guard. On the All-22 coaches film review, there’s a lot to like about Hernandez’s rookie season including a three-game stretch after the bye week where he played at a borderline All-Pro level. B.J. Hill has emerged as a starter for the Giants after they traded Damon Harrison and the rookie defensive tackle has the third-most sacks of all rookie defenders  (5.0) — as an interior defensive lineman. Lorenzo Carter’s playing time varies game to game, but he has flashed big-time potential when he’s on the field.

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Undrafted rookies Grant Haley (cornerback) and Tae Davis (linebacker) have played the majority of snaps in several games after the bye week and have mostly held their own. Haley has even earned strong grades from Pro Football Focus in his rookie season after going undrafted just months earlier.

If the Giants can stack another draft class like 2018 during the 2019 draft, they will be a lot closer to competing than they appear to be now.

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