Did the Giants Just Throw Away 2 Picks on an Insurance Policy at Quarterback?

Brad GagnonFeatured Columnist IVAugust 13, 2016

Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Syracuse Orangemen quarterback Ryan Nassib participates in a passing drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants weren't crazy enough to use an early-round draft pick on a quarterback. Not with a two-time Super Bowl MVP on the roster. 

But when you consider how crucial the quarterback position is and the value Syracuse product Ryan Nassib offered in Round 4, and when you combine that with the fact that Manning is now 32 years old, it's no surprise that the Giants used a fourth- and sixth-round pick in order to add an arm like Nassib's.

Nassib has the potential to become a very good starter, but even if that never has to happen in New York, he should at least be a long-term backup for Manning. And in 2013, starting quarterbacks have become so valuable that their backups have also become much more important. 

Here, the Giants are upgrading their quarterback depth chart immediately while adding a potential long-term replacement for Manning. 

Yes, Eli is expected to serve as this team's franchise QB for many, many years to come. But that's what they said about Peyton in Indianapolis when he was 32. Things change. Injuries happen. And smart teams add insurance for the short and long term. 

Here's what I wrote when pondering a situation like this back in January: 

There's a chance the Giants get lucky when Manning's time is up and land an Andrew Luck like Indianapolis did at the end of Peyton's reign. But we've received proof that it doesn't hurt potential stud quarterbacks to sit and learn for three or four years. And so with that in mind, I wonder if it's nearly time for the Giants to start thinking about potential heirs to the quarterback throne.

I like that the Giants decided to go that route this year, but I do think there's more risk involved here than what appears on the surface. That's because this team desperately needs to add depth on defense, and they gave up a sixth-round pick merely in order to move up six spots to take Nassib. 

That leaves New York with only one pick between the 111th spot and the 224th spot. Was it worth it? You never know right away, but in this case, it could be half a decade before we get the verdict on this move.