Giants 'don't know' if they can pass on pass rusher with No. 6 pick, team source says

Giants GM again defends Eli Manning: He’s ‘still a quality NFL quarterback’

The Giants could select a pass rusher with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 draft.

New York is rumored to eyeing a quarterback to replace 38-year-old Eli Manning, but one team source says the Giants “don’t know” if they can pass on a top defensive player.

“There are a ton of great defensive players in this draft,” the source told SportsNet earlier this week. “As much as we need a young quarterback, I honestly don’t know how we can pass on one of the pass rushers at 6.”

Giants coach Pat Shurmur thinks there’s no shortage of top pass-rushing talent in this year’s draft. The offensive-minded coach can’t deny how impactful pressuring the opposing team’s quarterback can be.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of them,” Shurmur said. “Certainly (among) the top-tier guys that everybody is predicting to go (early in the draft). I still watch my son (Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur) get sacked by all those SEC pass rushers, so I’ve seen it firsthand.

“Well, there’s an urgency to get better at all positions. There’s quarterbacks on other teams playing at roughly the age that Eli is. The important thing for us is to make our team better.”

The Giants posted 30 sacks in 2018, the second-lowest total in the NFL.

New York finished last year with a 5-11 record.