Giants news: NFL scout doesn't think Dwayne Haskins is the best choice for New York in the draft
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NFL scout doesn’t think Dwayne Haskins is the best choice for New York Giants in the draft

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Dwayne Haskins still might be the first quarterback off the board come April 25th. As the 2019 NFL Draft grows closer and closer, though, there seems to growing skepticism about the Ohio State product’s viability as a top-10 pick.

One anonymous scout believes the New York Giants, for instance, picking sixth overall, would be better served rounding out the rough edges of their roster in the first round than picking Eli Manning’s eventual replacement.

“Haskins has the most upside of the top quarterbacks,” the scout told NJ Advanced Media’s Matt Lombardo. “But I don’t think he’s the best fit for the Giants.

“It all depends on whether they think there is an offensive lineman who holds more value still on the board,” he continued. “Then, they can get a guy like Tyree Jackson from Buffalo later on, or they could consider Daniel Jones from Duke. Both of those guys have upside, both have multiple years of starting experience, but both will most likely need to sit a year.”

Haskins’ rise to the top of 2019 draft boards has been nothing short of meteoric. He threw for 50 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and 4,831 yards while completing a whopping 70 percent of his passes in 2018 as a first-year starter.

The redshirt sophomore was also at his best when it mattered most, throwing a combined 14 touchdowns and one interception over the Buckeyes’ last three games, including a six-touchdown, zero-pick performance against fourth-ranked Michigan.

Manning, 38, is a free agent after next season. He threw for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while completing 66 percent of his passes in 2018 when the Giants went 5-11 under first-year coach Pat Shurmur.