For many NFL teams, strategy for the upcoming postseason is the most important objective at this point during the regular season. For other, less successful teams, however, early draft tactics are being employed to ensure success in the upcoming years.
The New York Giants (2-9; 4th in the NFC East) is one of those teams hoping to erase this year’s performance from memory and are instead choosing to focus their energy on next year’s draft where they will have the fortune of snapping up a top three selection.
Since this is an opportunity the Giants rarely get, they are predicted to take advantage of the situation by going with UCLA junior Josh Rosen, the most technically sound passing quarterback of the 2018 draft class.
Rosen is a top tier pocket passing quarterback who, in the last 6 quarters of his collegiate career, has racked up 623 yards with five touchdowns and only one pick. He has also shown remarkable resilience throughout his tenure with the Bruins and has proved his ability to score while taking huge hits under defensive pressure. If he signs with the Giants, he’s predicted to develop into a franchise quarterback under Eli Manning thanks to his natural passing ability and arm talent that is being hailed as starter material.
However, there are two sides to every story as the Bruins are hoping the elite level quarterback will stay for one more year where he will have the opportunity to partner up with new head coach Chip Kelly and potentially bring in a national championship thanks to the latter’s incredible track record in Philadelphia, Oregon, and San Francisco as well as his fresh approach to offensive schemes.
Regardless of his choice, Rosen is looking at a bright future and one more year under the tutelage of one of the top coaches in the nation cannot hurt the quarterback’s draft stock in the upcoming years. For the Giants, however, it may be the future of the franchise that slips away should Rosen choose to stay one more year with Chip Kelly and aim for a national championship.