Quarterbacks the New York Giants Should Target in the 2022 NFL Draft

Glenn Kaplan

The New York Giants are going to be facing themselves with a decision at the end of the season. Should they keep Daniel Jones as the starting quarterback or should they move on from him? The answer should be they need to move on from him at the end of the season. If you think Jones is the long-term answer for New York at the quarterback position, you’re completely delusional.

He is more of a turnover machine than making plays for his teammates. That 402-yard game against the New Orleans Saints was a complete outlier in Week 4. His Week 6 game of completing 29-of-51 passes for 242 yards and three interceptions, along with one lost fumble is the Daniel Jones we all know and love. He is a career backup at best.

With general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge potentially being fired at the end of the season, there is no chance Jones is going to survive this. The people that still defend him for being bad don’t understand this. Daniel Jones needs a perfect environment in order for him to succeed. Franchise quarterbacks are proven to potentially survive in chaotic situations and Jones is not it for it, despite being perfect tempered for the New York media.

The Giants will probably be drafting in the Top 5 and they will also have the Chicago Bears’ first-round pick in 2022. Which three quarterbacks should the New York Giants consider in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft?

Malik Willis, Liberty: He is 6’1″ and weighs 215 lbs. Willis could be the next Lamar Jackson. Malik Willis has a ton of speed and has put Liberty football back on the map. They have been really dangerous offensively because of him. Willis is projected to be the top quarterback taken in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.

In seven games so far this season, he has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 1.462 yards, 14 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Malik Willis has also rushed for 655 yards on 105 carries and nine touchdowns. He has also caught one pass for 13 yards receiving.

Matt Corral, Ole Miss: Matt Corral is 6’1″ and weighs 205 lbs. The last time the New York Giants drafted a quarterback from Ole Miss, I think it turned out pretty well for them in Eli Manning. Most importantly, Corral plays against very good SEC competition. He has a competent offensive-minded head coach in Lane Kiffin. The system that Matt Corral plays in is what today’s NFL is all about: A spread offense.

Corral has played in six games so far this season for Ole Miss. He has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,728 yards, 14 touchdowns, and one interception. Matt Corral has also rushed for 450 yards on 88 carries.

Sam Howell, North Carolina: He is 6’1″ and weighs 220 lbs. Sam Howell could potentially be a better quarterback from the University of North Carolina than Mitchell Trubisky was (second-overall pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2017 NFL Draft), but is that really saying much. Howell is tough like Ben Roethlisberger was for the Pittsburgh Steelers when he was younger.

He is raw when it comes to passing, but can be an excellent quarterback. Sam Howell has a very strong arm. In seven games so far this season, he has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 1,851 yards, 18 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Howell has also rushed for 494 yards on 96 carries and five touchdowns.

If the New York Giants get a Top 5 pick and I think they are going to, Malik Willis and Matt Corral should be the top two choices before I would go with Sam Howell. The New York Giants are going to get a new regime this upcoming offseason and an entirely new scouting department. They will finally adapt to today’s NFL when they make the necessary adjustments, like moving on from Daniel Jones at quarterback when the 2021 season ends. Hopefully, a new day will bring hope for this franchise in 2022 and beyond.

-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports

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