Mike Shula said he doesn’t want to see his team picking this high in the NFL Draft again.
The New York Giants’ offensive coordinator sees last year’s 3-13 record and subsequent high draft pick as a blessing born out of a curse.
Shula did admit, however, that there are some pretty good quarterbacks that will be available when the Giants pick in three weeks, something that the Giants might just take advantage of with their second overall pick.
Speaking today from the team’s facility in the shadows of MetLife Stadium, Shula talked about his vision for the Giants’ offense. He utilized the usual buzz terms including “balance” and being “multiple” on offense. He dodged questions about the future of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and gave a vote of confidence to veteran quarterback Eli Manning.
But when asked about Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, Shula gave positive reviews on the consensus top two quarterbacks in this draft. Either quarterback could be in play for the Giants at No. 2.
“I think both of those guys are going to be really good quarterbacks,” Shula said. “I think they’re talented. They’re a little different in the way they go about things, but I think it’s an exciting time in the draft because of the guys that are coming out. It’s exciting to have an early pick, but hopefully, this will be the last time we have an early pick.”
There is, of course, the possibility that the Giants will trade back, perhaps with a team like the Buffalo Bills or (gasp!) the New England Patriots as either team might be willing to shed multiple first-round selections to get a deal done.
But if the Giants do stay at No. 2, they might end up with running back Saquon Barkley, as good of a bet as there is in the draft.
They also could go with Darnold or Rosen if the chips fall a certain way in a move that would groom a successor for Manning.
The Giants have done extensive homework on Darnold and Rosen. They have scouted both of them at college games and attended Pro Days and setting up workouts for each. The workouts and visits at the team’s facility play an important role in the Giants’ overall assessment of the players.
“It’s about what you think. You just keep gathering information in every aspect. What’s their personality? What’s their demeanor like? You can talk a little football. We’ve seen them workout now. Just re-establish that relationship,” Shula said.
“Those guys have been pulled in every different direction by a lot of different teams from the end of the season, obviously, especially since the combine, physically and mentally,” Shula stated.
“So it’s like anything else when you’re looking and getting ready to invest a lot in somebody, you want to find out as much as you can in every aspect of their life.”