1. Justin Herbert
Based on potential, there’s no one that can touch Herbert in this class. He’s got a rare combination of athleticism and arm talent. He isn’t a perfect quarterback now, but he’s got All-Pro potential. As such, he’ll absolutely be a guy the Giants will scout heavily between now and April.
We believe Herbert as a legitimate chance to be the No. 1 overall pick. The Giants may or may not be in a position to make that selection. Even if they don’t start the process with the first pick, they could always trade up to grab Herbert if they believe he’s their quarterback of the future.
The only question about Herbert going to the Giants is whether or not Shurmur is a creative enough offensive mind to get the most out of the Oregon star. He’s not a guy who should be left in the pocket all the time. Whatever team drafts Herbert needs to be ready to let him use his legs on a regular basis.
In terms of NFL comps, we see a lot of Carson Wentz in Herbert. He probably doesn’t have quite the arm that he Eagles star showed in college, but he is more dynamic out on the edge. The Giants would certainly love to draft a quarterback in Wentz’s ballpark.
Ultimately, Herbert is the guy who’s going to draw the most attention between now and the draft. If the Giants end up with the first pick, it’ll be tough for them to pass on his combination of talent and production. He’d give New York an immediate potential star to build around.