The Giants could have sent this year's second and fourth picks to San Diego instead. But they opted to give away next year's first selection, which, considering they'll have a rookie QB at the helm, is likely to be a pretty high pick.
"We wanted to preserve our second-round pick (34th overall)," GM Ernie Accorsi said. "I don't consider (what they gave up) the store by any means for this player. I traded a one for (Bernie) Kosar and it worked out pretty good." Needless to say, although no one associated with the Giants would admit it, Kerry Collins' career in New York has come to a screeching halt. "That's between Kerry Collins and the Giants," Accorsi said.
As for Manning, who told the Chargers before the draft that he would not play for them, most consider him the real deal; the total package. "I think he has a chance to be a great quarterback," Accorsi said. "He's a classic prospect with tremendous athletic ability. He lifted his team – he made the athletes around him better. That's an element the top quarterbacks have.
"History also says that if you get the right quarterback you win championships."
"We're excited; we're enthusiastic," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "When the number one player on the board is within striking distance, you have to do whatever you can to get him."
Coughlin was also extremely interested in OT Robert Gallery, who was taken second by the Raiders. However, he's thrilled to have a new QB under center.
"We're excited to have a player of this ability in our organization," he said. "He's very good or he wouldn't have been the number one pick on three-quarters of the boards in the NFL."
With Collins likely to be released after New York's unable to trade him, it's going to be Manning's team before long.
"I think he'll be ready very shortly," Coughlin said.
Judging by his storied college career in Mississippi, it wouldn't be all that surprising. Manning finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, but captured the Maxwell Award, as the nation's top collegiate player. He threw for more than 10,000 yards, completed close to 61 percent of his passes and threw 81 touchdowns to only 35 INTs.