Eli Manning Or Philip Rivers: Did the Giants End Up With the Right Quarterback?

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Eli Manning Or Philip Rivers: Did the Giants End Up With the Right Quarterback?
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The 2004 NFL Draft saw the San Diego Chargers select Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning with the first overall pick. Famously, Manning refused to play for the woeful Chargers and he essentially forced a trade to the Giants. 

Manning was the most highly touted of the quarterback prospects that year, so the Giants jumped at the chance to obtain his services. 

The Giants surrendered their draft rights to North Carolina State product Philip Rivers along with future draft picks to make Eli a part of their franchise, and the rest is history.

Since then, both Manning and Rivers have been two of the most productive quarterbacks in the NFL. 

Despite playing on opposite coasts in opposite conferences, the two signal-callers are constantly compared to each other as a result of this trade. 

With that said, did the Giants make the right call in pulling the trigger on this trade seven years ago? Here are a few points to consider when making that determination. 

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