A Close Look at Ben Roethlisberger

While the Giants aren't the only club to rate Eli Manning higher than Miami of Ohio's Ben Roethlisberger, New York has Roethlisberger ranked as the third-best player in the entire draft. <BR><BR>

Considering Big Blue picks fourth in the opening round – provided they're unable to trade up for Manning or Robert Gallery – it seems like a sure bet that the newest Giant will be the 'Giant' quarterback, who stands 6-5 and weighs 241 pounds.

Adding to the intrigue about New York's likely top pick is the fact that current QB Kerry Collins is in the final year of his contract and will cost the Giants some $8 million under the salary cap in 2004. While some view Roethlisberger as a long-term project, the Giants obviously believe that he can come in and contribute sooner rather than later. Backing up Collins this coming year, then taking the reins next season is a likely scenario.

Roethlisberger is a poised QB that withstands the rush and quickly finds the open man. He makes very good, smart decisions, which is something that Tom Coughlin would love. He also throws the deep ball better than Manning, something his receivers would love. While the draft is annually full of surprises and last-minute movement, if New York holds tight at the fourth spot, expect them to take the player they believe is the third-best available, if he is indeed available, Ben Roethlisberger.

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