Unlike last April, Big Blue is set at starting QB. Kerry Collins, coming off perhaps his finest run as an NFL QB, is entrenched as the Giants lead signal-caller. Jesse Palmer has shown enough progress and ability that New York is confident in him handling the back-up role. However, Big Blue somewhat surprisingly brought back Jason Garrett yet again to be the third QB. While Garrett's value in the meeting rooms and on the practice field is invaluable, the Giants don't view him as any more than a player/coach at this point.
Usually, NFL clubs use their third-QB slot for a young up-and-comer, a raw player with ability. Garrett is hardly that. Still don't be surprised if New York opts to look for a thrower sometime during the Draft's latter rounds. The quarterback position is deep, if not top-heavy. After USC's Carson Palmer goes as high as first overall, there may only be another one or two QBs taken in the opening round.
While some Big Blue fans would like to see New York make the sentimental pick, Phil Simms' son, Chris, don't count on it. The Giants don't need help right now, but will probably gamble sometime during the Draft's second day on a long-range QB with potential.
Last QB selected: Jesse Palmer, Florida, Round 4, 2001
Overall position strength (on a scale of 1-10): 7
Number likely to be taken in first round: 3
Giants need (on a scale of 1 to 10): 3
When Giants might select: Round 6/7
Player to watch: Brian St. Pierre, Boston College