NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Giants “would seriously consider” pouncing on Johnny Manziel if he’s still on the board when the 12th overall pick rolls around on Thursday night, according to NJ.com.
Manziel is the wild card in this year’s NFL Draft, with some analysts pegging him as a top-5 pick, while others have the Texas A&M quarterback slipping totally out of the first round.
There are a number of teams in the top 10 that could use a quarterback — the Jaguars, Browns, Raiders and Buccaneers among them. Manziel could even be Dallas-bound if he falls to the NFC East rival Cowboys at No. 16.
“If there is a quarterback up there when we’re picking at the right time, we won’t be afraid to pick him,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said during February’s NFL Combine, according to NJ.com. “I don’t think it’s going to present itself in the first round. But we’re not afraid.”
It’s common for teams to leak false information to throw others off their scent. It’s also possible the Giants could be trying to lure a QB-needy club into trading up to No. 12. Maybe they’re just toying with the Cowboys, tempting them to spend big to move up.
Giants franchise quarterback Eli Manning — he of two Super Bowl MVPs — had arthroscopic ankle surgery in April and is expected to be fully healthy in time for training camp. The 33-year-old threw a career-high 27 interceptions in 2013, setting a dubious franchise record in the process.
The Giants also have quarterbacks Josh Freeman, Ryan Nassib and Rusty Smith on their roster.
Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, threw for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns last season for the Aggies.
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