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Make the Case: QB Baker Mayfield vs. QB Josh Rosen

Posted Mar 22, 2018


NFL Draft Experts debate if Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield or UCLA QB Josh Rosen would be a better fit for the Giants.

“Make the Case” is now in session on Giants.com.

In this series, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on which player you would like the Giants to select second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Today, we look at two quarterbacks: Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and UCLA’s Josh Rosen.

Be sure to vote and Make YOUR Case in the comments below!

BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, OKLAHOMA

CBSSports.com’s R.J. White projected the Giants trading back to No. 9 and taking Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner. He finished his career ranked second in FBS history in passing efficiency rating (175.4), third in yards per attempt (9.7), tied for fourth in touchdown passes (131), fifth in total offense (15,690 yards) and seventh in passing yards (14,607). Mayfield also set the FBS record for consecutive games with at least two TD passes (each of his final 27 contests).

White: “If the 49ers have a shot at a guy like [N.C. State defensive end Bradley] Chubb, [Notre Dame guard Quenton] Nelson or [FSU safety Derwin] James, I think they keep this pick. But with all off the board, they move down with the Giants, who jump ahead of the Dolphins to get their QB of the future in Mayfield.”

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JOSH ROSEN, QB, UCLA

For the Giants, Danny Kelly of The Ringer liked Rosen, who last season led the Pac-12 in passing yards per game (341.5). He also set school records for highest passing yards per game (341.5), most games passing for 350 yards or more in a season (six), most games passing for 300 yards or more in a season (seven), and most consecutive games of 300-plus yards in total offense in a season (five).

Kelly: “The Giants could get a king’s ransom to trade out of this spot—or take Saquon Barkley or Quenton Nelson—but the chance to draft and develop a top-tier passer like Rosen as the heir to Eli Manning is too enticing. The UCLA product excels in the pocket and can attack all three levels of the field. He would give the team’s new front office and coaching staff the chance for a seamless transition away from the 37-year-old Manning, whether that happens in 2019 or 2020.””