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Five early top options in 2025 NFL Draft for Giants’ next franchise QB

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Get ready for another year of guessing who will be the Giants’ next franchise quarterback.

With three quarterbacks already off the board Thursday, the Giants selected receiver Malik Nabers at No. 6 and punted their franchise quarterback search into the future.

Here is a way-too-early look at the top options in what is generally considered by scouts to be a subpar quarterback class in the 2025 NFL Draft, leaving room for someone to emerge from nowhere next fall like Joe Burrow in 2019 and Jayden Daniels in 2023.

Shedeur Sanders, Colorado, 6-2, 215

Shedeur Sanders is an accurate passer but often holds the ball too long. AP

The son of his coach (and Hall of Famer) Deion Sanders could’ve been a first-rounder in 2024 but is eyeing No. 1 overall.

He is accurate (27 touchdowns and three interceptions) but holds the ball too long (52 sacks) and has boom-or-bust games.

Will he and his father pull an Eli-Archie Manning and try to dictate his landing spot?

Quinn Ewers, Texas, 6-2, 205

The former No. 1 overall recruit has held off backup Arch Manning so far.

Like Drake Maye had to when he took a step back in 2023, Ewers will be breaking in a new cast of receivers with the Longhorns.

Ewers has the natural arm talent and varied release points, but he puts the ball in harm’s way when his mechanics get out of whack.

Quinn Ewers celebrates after Texas’ win over Alabama last season. AP

Carson Beck, Georgia, 6-4, 220

Ranked No. 3 nationally in passing yards (3,941) and No. 4 in completion percentage (72.4), Beck replaced national-championship-winner Stetson Bennett without a hiccup.

He has the prototypical size and smooth mechanics.

Beck is particularly lethal against the blitz — 11 touchdowns and no interceptions — because of his quick decision-making.

How well can he move around the pocket?

Carson Beck throws a pass during Georgia’s win over Alabama in the Orange Bowl. AP

Riley Leonard, Notre Dame, 6-4, 217

The Duke transfer’s Notre Dame debut will be his first game since Oct. 28 and will come after he reportedly underwent a second ankle surgery.

Unlike the first three listed, Leonard is a dual-threat (699 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground in 2022).

Leonard throws into tight windows underneath but his deep ball needs refining.


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Jalen Milroe, Alabama, 6-2, 220

Once told he should change positions by former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, Milroe looked the part with a 172.2 passer rating last season.

Now he will work within new head coach Kalen DeBoer’s explosive spread offense.

Can the dual-threat (531 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing) improve his below-average accuracy beyond 10 yards downfield?

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