Most teams place a lot of stock in how good they will be in how good their quarterback is. The number one way a team acquires good young talent is through the NFL Draft which is held each spring. It stands to reason then that the best way to land a good young quarterback, a player who could change the fortunes of any team, is to look for one available in the NFL Draft.
The New York Giants know that drafting quarterbacks, like drafting any player, is a tough business. A scouting department has to evaluate them from their play in a college offense, at the college level, and against college opponents and try to figure out how good of a pro football player they will be. High draft picks are very valuable to teams because it is with these picks that they can pick up the highest rated college players. It isn’t easy to figure out who the best players are, but hopefully a team picks the best ones possible with their first round selections.
Since 1960, the New York Giants have only selected a quarterback in the first round on two occasions.
1979 – Phil Simms – Morehead State
Phil Simms was picked by the Giants with the 7th overall pick in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft. He would go on to help the team win two Super Bowls and establish a number of team records too. He would also play his whole career with the Giants and retire as one of the most beloved players in team history.
2004 – Philip Rivers – North Carolina State
When the Giants took Philip Rivers, they had absolutely no plans for him to ever suit up for them. They selected him with the intention to trade him to the San Diego Chargers for the rights to quarterback Eli Manning.