Giants High On QB Justin Herbert?

The Giants have spent lots of time researching and talking to Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Needless to say, it would be an absolute stunner if the Giants targeted Herbert, but RapSheet says it’s a note to file away this week.

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Herbert has had lots of FaceTime conversations with head coach Joe Judge, but that could just be a part of their “exhaustive” draft prep for their top pick. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine any scenario where the Giants would draft Herbert with Daniel Jones already in place. NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo (on Twitter) speculates that the Giants could be playing the long game, using this opportunity to do their homework on him in case he becomes available at some point down the road.

The Giants probably won’t be in the mix for Herbert, but other QB-needy teams are taking a hard look at him. That list, of course, includes the Dolphins at No. 5 overall. For months, they’ve been heavily connected to Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa, but more and more insiders are hearing that they’re actually obsessed with Herbert. That may also explain the Giants’ deep dive on Herbert – an attempt to sweat the ‘Fins into trading up.

The Chargers are also a possibility for Herbert, but it doesn’t sound like they’re willing to trade up from No. 6 to get him.

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  1. king beas

    Gettleman needs to be fired if he picks Herbert. Saquon would enter another year with a weak o line and rookie qb wasting another year of his prime then will ask for an extension next year and the giants aren’t close to being a playoff team

    • I give no fox

      This is all smoke. Lions and gmen are desperate to trade down with miami and La, but both teams see through the BS. Herbert and Tua will be there for Miami and la to take at 5/6. They don’t need to give up additional assets because no other team is within reach to move up. Vegas is the wild card, but I get the feeling that is too far for Detroit and gmen

  2. vladdy27bo11

    I don’t understand why they would do this I see a lot of Josh Rosen in Herbert. Because back in 2018 there was also lots of steam picking up before the draft that the giants would pick Rosen but eventually realised they shouldn’t reach and just go with saquon. I hope they are just throwing up a smokescreen to protect simmons.

    • kaehlaone

      Lazy evaluation if you see Rosen and Herbert similarly. Only comparison is really that they QBs from the Pac12.

  3. JoeBrady

    ” in case he becomes available at some point down the road.”

    Yup, that’s what they’re spending all their time on. If, in 6-7 years, Herbert becomes a FA, they’ll want to look at their college draft notes to see if they want him.

    • dynamite drop in monty

      No it’s not. It’s fluff, sure. But rappaport reported what has already been common knowledge, that NYG has spoke w and is researching Herbert. Sure, so is every other team so it’s meaningless. But it’s not “fake news”

      • JoeBrady

        In practical terms, it is fake news. Every top-300 player appears on the draft board of every team.

  4. JoeBrady

    Past that, it is just normal pre-draft feinting.

    But more seriously, this is what Detroit should’ve been doing since day 1. Not a single person on the planet thinks the NYG are drafting Herbert.

    OTOH, had Detroit played up Stafford’s back injury, like it might be career threatening, that looks like a legitimate interest, which is actually logical.

    A team like SD might not care if they get Tua or Herbert. But they might care about getting shut out of both. But apparently, Detroit doesn’t play the rumor mill.

    • I give no fox

      Based on that, why would Detroit trade the qb pick then? No one is gonna buy your interest in a qb if you are actively trying to trade the pick. However, that news would help the giants case because then there is only one qb left for Miami and La

      • JoeBrady

        I don’t think it makes a huge difference, but it helps if Detroit looks like it is possible to draft Tua.

        For example, if LAC really wants a QB, and they think Miami is definitely drafting one, and maybe Detroit has a 25% chance of drafting one, then trading some later draft capital, to both ensure they get a QB, and then to get the QB they really prefer, it is easily worth their #4 pick to make sure nothing goes awry.

  5. DTD_ATL

    Any GM who panics into unloading a bunch of picks to the Giants to move up for him should be fired on the spot.

  6. Michael Chaney

    This is a blatantly obvious smokescreen. If a team really feels the need to trade up because of this report, they’re off their rockers.

    • Michael Chaney

      Gettleman seems like someone who’d struggle to send an email so it’s possible Herbert is helping him with that too

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