Here’s what I wrote in my Giants “Draft Priorities” piece earlier this week:
Eli Manning hasn’t missed a start in 135 games, which makes him the “NFL Ironman” at the QB position. In fact, only 2 other QBs have a streak half that long:Then again, when a QB as good as Ryan Nassib lasts until the 4th round, why the hell not? Eli Manning is 32 and has a dead arm (kidding), so bringing in a rookie to learn behind a cerebral QB like Eli makes sense.
As a result, the Giants have often only carried 2 QBs on their roster in recent years. Eli Manning is 32, but should have plenty left in the tank. At what point do the Giants begin to think about drafting a QB to groom behind Eli? I don’t know the exact answer to that, but my guess is “not yet.”
One thing to keep in mind in the 4th round, by the way, is that you’re not looking for immediate starters here. If you are, you’re a horribly run franchise. This is a value pick, and a great one.
I don't hate the pick, either. I'm just curious about the way it went down: trading up et al. I have no problem with the Giants upgrading - or trying to upgrade - at any position, even if it is at backup QB.
The mindset here is twofold. Peyton Manning was also once thought to be indestructible. The Colts got lax and didn't have a serious backup. When Peyton missed the entire 2011 season, the Colts finished the season with the worst record in the league.
This pick is a preemptive measure to avoid such a disaster. Nassib will be groomed as Eli's backup in case of an emergency. If the Giants fall into a better option, Nassib could be traded for a pick down the road. The hope is that he never has to play a meaningful down for the Giants.
The Giants also want to show the league that they are planning for the future at every position. Eli is represented by Tom Condon, who is now Victor Cruz' agent. His contract ends after the 2015 season. If the Giants have a real-live option at QB in Nassib, they won't be held hostage by CAA or anyone else when extending Eli's contract.