Giants scouts will be on hand at USC/UCLA to scout Darnold and Rosen

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Nov 11, 2017; Boulder, CO, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to attempt a pass in the first quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants fans will undoubtedly tune in to Sunday’s game when they host the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs. However, Week 11 of the NFL schedule might not be the important game of the weekend to Giants fans.

That game takes place Saturday night more than 3,000 miles away from MetLife Stadium when USC hosts UCLA. This game is not just for local bragging rights but it may help determine the future of the NFL for years to come.

The 12th-ranked Trojans are led by quarterback Sam Darnold while the rival Bruins have quarterback Josh Rosen behind center. Both Darnold and Rosen are among the top quarterback prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Scouts from at least 20 NFL teams will be on hand at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Saturday night.

The Giants will have scouts present. It is part of the directive of co-owner John Mara to take seriously examine the top quarterback prospects in this year’s class, which is already drawing comparisons to the Classes of 1983 and 2004. The Giants’ likelihood of picking high in the draft seems more certain with a 1-8 record. Eli Manning, the first overall pick in 2004, will be 37 on Jan. 3 and has two years remaining on his current deal.

The Giants recently sent vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross to Los Angeles to scout Rosen. They are also doing their homework on Darnold, even though the word around the rumor mill is that he will return to USC next fall.

Although the Giants drafted Davis Webb in the third round of this year’s draft, they have no choice but to do their due diligence on the quarterbacks in this year’s class. This season is lost although they haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs…yet.

At some point, they need to see what they have with Webb in a game situation. At the same time, scouting Darnold, Rosen, and other potential franchise quarterbacks is the smartest thing Giants management has done all season.

– Curtis Rawls is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the NFL and New York Giants. Please like and follow on Facebook and Twitter. Curtis can be followed on Twitter @CuRawls203.


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  • royhobbs7

    Were there any Giants scouts at Lawrence, Kansas to see Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield put another notch in his pursuit of the Heismann?
    Mayfield is the 2nd coming of Drew Brees and should be the college QB that the Giants target in the 1st Rd. in next year’s NFL draft.

    • Curtis Rawls

      I don’t think Oklahoma/Kansas has the same flavor as USC/UCLA. Watching Mayfield rip up the Jayhawks isn’t the same as a nationally televised game featuring two elite quarterbacks. The Giants and 19 other NFL teams were there. Also, I wouldn’t put too much stock in the Heisman Trophy winner. It doesn’t necessarily translate into success at the NFL level