Sam Darnold


Giants Hosting Sam Darnold, Josh Allen This Week

April 16, 2018 - 3:12 pm


While the Giants reportedly consider Penn State running back Saquon Barkley to be a near-perfect prospect, they're certainly doing their due diligence on all of the draft's top quarterbacks.

Big Blue will host two of those QBs this week at their training facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey, according to reports.

USC's Sam Darnold is arriving Monday. He'll have dinner with team brass Monday night before touring the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Tuesday.

Not long after he leaves, the Giants will go through the same routine with Wisconsin's Josh Allen.

The Giants, who own the second overall pick, will have then hosted all four of the top-rated quarterbacks. They brought Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen in last week. 

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The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Darnold passed for 4,143 yards in 14 games last season while completing 63.1 percent of his passes. He tossed 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Darnold's strengths include his size, pocket presence and accuracy, while some of his weaknesses include his high turnover rate and slow release. 

Last season, Allen passed for 1,812 yards in 11 games while completing 56.3 percent of his throws. He threw 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Josh Allen

The 6-5, 233-pound signal-caller is highly regarded by scouts for his size and arm strength, but his critics point to his relatively low completion percentage and sometimes-dangerous decision-making. 

Of course, the Giants' choice will hinge upon what the Browns do at No. 1. Cleveland, which also owns the fourth overall pick, is expected to select a quarterback at No. 1. 

The Giants reportedly think very highly of Darnold. One NFL talent evaluator recently told that if Darnold is available, they'll draft him. Other anonymous NFL scouts and executives, too, told MMQB's Albert Breer that the Giants covet the USC quarterback.

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The same source said the Giants don't like Rosen. 

The New York Post reported over the weekend that the Giants view Barkley as a near-perfect prospect, a running back who is better than Ezekiel Elliott, who the Cowboys selected with the fourth overall pick two years ago.