Ebs’ NFL Draft Hot Takes: Quarterbacks, New York Giants, Leonard Fournette


WILKES-BARRE, PA – Folks, it is finally draft week!

This is one of the more exciting times of the NFL year.

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The NFL Draft is where teams reload and build for the future. One right pick can build the structure of a dynasty. But at the same time, one wrong selection could set a team back years to come.

This year’s draft class is extremely deep and has positions full of talent. This tight end class might be the greatest ever and the draft is full of talented secondary pieces. Even the quarterback class. While there’s no Andrew Luck, Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, there’s plenty of future starters and even potential stars.

Thursday starts three days of fun! And to prime you for it, I have an NFL Draft edition of Ebs’ Hot Takes.


Seven quarterbacks will be taken in the first and second rounds. Four quarterbacks: Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes II and Deshone Kizer. All will be taken in the first round.

Like I said, there’s no Andrew Luck. But Trubisky has talent, even though he has limited playing time. Watson has the clutch gene and great intangibles. Mahomes was a real fast riser through the pre-draft process and has a ton of talent, but is extremely raw. And I mean extremely, extremely raw. Kizer, like Mahomes, is also raw but has a lot of potential.

Then you have your second-round quarterbacks: Joshua Dobbs, Nathan Peterman and Davis Webb. Both Dobbs and Peterman have also been fast risers in the pre-draft process. Dobbs has some talent and is a great runner, but didn’t grow much at Tennessee. Peterman comes from a pro style at Pitt and might be the most-ready quarterback of the bunch. Webb is another quality quarterback that’s on that second tier.

Something worth of note: ESPN NFL Draft insider Todd McShay said on one of his recent First Draft podcasts, that he’d rather take Dobbs and Peterman in the second round than any of the first round quarterbacks. However, I’m a fan of all four of the projected first rounders. Trubisky has some serious skills. Watson’s a winner and with some seasoning will succeed at the next level. Mahomes is a perfect fit for a spot like the Arizona Cardinals or Pittsburgh Steelers, where he can sit back and learn for a couple of years before stepping in. And the same with Kizer.

Patrick Mahomes II could be a future New York Giant. When it comes to draft needs, it’s pretty simple for the New York Giants. They need offensive tackle and linebacker help and should start to think about the future at the quarterback position.

However, drafting at No. 23 likely means that former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster is gone and an offensive tackle isn’t exactly a position worth drafting in the first round this year.

That leaves best player available or the quarterback position. If I’m the Giants and Pat Mahomes is on the board, I take the former Texas Tech quarterback. Mahomes is a project, but might have the highest ceiling out of any quarterback in the draft.

The Giants present the perfect situation for Mahomes too. With Eli Manning in place he won’t be asked to start until the 2019 at the earliest. That’s plenty of time for the Giants to get their hands on Mahomes and help him work on his mechanics and reach his potential.

If Mahomes isn’t there, which is a possibility, former Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis could be the pick.

Leonard Fournette’s landing spot is Carolina. My thought process is pretty simple with this one.

Cam Newton needs someone to help him relieve the pressure. The scheme is a perfect fit. Jonathan Stewart is starting to wear down. Leonard Fournette is also the best player available at pick eight. It’s a match made in heaven.

If Fournette doesn’t go to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 4, or the New York Jets at No. 6, it’s a pretty safe bet the former LSU Tiger ends up with the Carolina Panthers. If Fournette is gone before No. 8, don’t be surprised if Christian McCaffery’s the pick.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University – until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he’s a regular on Rugby Wrap Up – his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it’s the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.

  • Baseball Lifer

    The genius behind the NFL is in the opening two sentences here. People think the picking of players is exciting to the point of hyping it for months and holding it over days. Personally, I think it’s disgusting for a league that ignored major injuries to its players and then tries to squeeze them when they ask for help.

    • You make a good point. They could set aside the money generated from the draft and pour it into their retired players fund. The young helping the old – and ultimately themselves? A bit of symmetry. And don’t blame @ByDJEberle… he is a millennial, after all.

    • DJ Eberle

      I’m sorry I enjoy the NFL Draft? And how else are they supposed to do it? You can’t do it all in one day? And what’s wrong with having the combine and all-star games on TV? You learn a lot.

      • Junoir Blaber

        Before you were born it was done in 2 days with zero fanfare, kind of like the baseball draft but it had 12 rounds. you could do 7 rounds in 1 day.

  • Speaking of topics not related to the Mets – like Daniel Murphy – how about Madison Bumgarner being out 6-8 weeks after hurting this throwing shoulder in a dirt bike accident?

  • benwhit

    It might be wise for Giants to look to the future and draft a QB. But I’d really rather them get someone who could help them win now.

    • Sounds like a Yankees fan; mortgage a “Big Game”tomorrow for a Wild Card today?

      • benwhit

        So you don’t think your team has a chance to be anything more than a wildcard? No faith, typical Met fan.

        • vinny from brooklyn

          the way they r playing now. no. haha

  • Buddy Diaz

    As an Eagles fan I’m scared of this draft because we need a corner and haven’t been able to draft well for the position. At least in the first round I want to draft the best available player, be it a running back or whatever but draft the best player on the board.

    • DJ Eberle

      I think Christian McCaffery could be a great fit for the Eagles. As corners go, this is a very deep class. Some names of note for later rounds: Teez Tabor, Sidney Jones, Desmond King, Damontae Kazee and Nate Hairston.

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