ORLANDO -- John Mara insisted that no one should draw any conclusions from the fact that he and Steve Tisch recently had dinner with UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. But one conclusion is pretty inescapable:
The Giants owners wouldn't bother sitting down for dinner with a college quarterback if they weren't seriously considering taking a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft.
"Listen, obviously we're thinking about a quarterback because there are a lot of good quarterbacks," Mara said at the NFL owners meetings on Sunday. "But there are a lot of good players at other positions also. So I wouldn't draw any conclusions about that. We're going to be having dinner with a lot of guys."
Whether or not those future dinner guests include USC's Sam Darnold or Wyoming's Josh Allen remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that the Giants are at least thinking about drafting a successor to Eli Manning this year. That's a no-brainer, especially given the fact Manning is 37 and signed only through 2019.
They need to have an answer to the question: Who's next?
Of course, it's possible they've already answered that question when they took quarterback Davis Webb in the third round last year. Even Mara said, "We may have one on the roster right now, I just don't know that yet."
The fact that he doesn't know it, though, is probably telling because the draft is only a month away and the Giants aren't going to see Webb on the field between now and then. If they believed he was their future franchise quarterback, they likely would have already come to that conclusion.
And if they haven't ... well, wouldn't it be crazy to pass on a quarterback with the second pick of the draft? Wouldn't that be wasting a rare opportunity to select their next franchise quarterback before their current one is done?
"I don't think that can be a factor," Mara said. "I think if we end up having a conviction about a quarterback, that certainly would be something we'd have to strongly consider. If not, then take the next best player or deal it.
"If you're asking me right now what I think we're going to do: We don't know that just yet. We're still very early on in the evaluation process. I could see any of a number of different scenarios.
And yes, that could include passing on a quarterback and taking a chance that they can find one in the next couple of years, before Manning's time with the Giants officially runs out.
"We could," Mara said. "Again, I think it comes down to if you have a chance to get a quarterback and you have a conviction about that guy then I think that's where you have to go. But I'm not sure we're at that point yet."