With a need for a long-term solution at quarterback, will the New York Giants turn to a prospect with a familiar name?
Maybe you didn’t know, but New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has a son who plays college quarterback. Who is he? His name is Kyle Shurmur, and he spent four years Vanderbilt. This past season, he threw for over 3,000 yards and had 24 touchdowns passes on his ledger.
During the 2017 season, he did struggle against top SEC defenses, but showed leadership skills and toughness in his junior campaign.
Many NFL scouts will look at the game against Georgia where he only had 169 yards passing and zero touchdowns. If you watched him this year, Kyle Shurmur had several big-time plays and multiple 300-yard plus games. Against the University of Florida, the younger Shurmur threw for 229 passing yards and two touchdowns.
In the process, he showed good footwork and smart play-making ability in that game.
Kyle Shurmur – Career passing statistics at Vanderbilt:
- Freshman (2015) 44-103, 503 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT, 93.9 PR
- Sophomore (2016) 204-375, 2,409 yards, 9 TD,10 INT, 110.9 PR
- Junior (2017) 220-380, 2,823 yards, 26 TD, 10 INT, 137.6 PR
- Senior (2018) 254-406, 3,130 yards, 24 TD, 6 INT, 143.9 PR
As we all know, the New York Giants have a ton of holes to fill in the upcoming NFL Draft, so it’s unlikely they take a quarterback in the early rounds. If they do, going after Shurmur in the first round would be a massive reach, unless he has a huge NFL Combine.
Nonetheless, Shurmur could be a steal as a late-round second or third day pick. In the NFL Draft, we’ve seen a lot of late-day quarterback draft picks that pan out well, and make their team’s scouting departments look like geniuses. – Marc Bulger (6th), Mark Brunell (5th), Matt Hasselback (6th), and course Tom Brady (6th) – are all examples of longtime NFL starters who were late selections.
The New York Giants could go the Case Keenum “game manager” route, making Shurmur a great fit for that type of offense. It’d also be a good way to give Big Blue fans a bit of excitement around a rookie quarterback. Also, who can resist the father-son storylines we’d get to hear for an entire season in the NFL?
The way current New York Giants signal-caller Eli Manning has performed over the past two seasons, perhaps a game-managing rookie couldn’t do any worse.