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The Giants are currently in a sweet spot in the QB position and the 2014 draft is where some forward thinking could net the franchise big gains a few seasons further on.

Eli Manning is now 33 years old and is coming off his statistically worst year in the NFL and has recently undergone ankle surgery.

On top of this, Giants former offensive co-ordinator Kevin Gilbride recently revealed
that Manning has had previous minor surgeries that nobody was aware of.

Gilbride claimed that this history showed that there was no need to worry about Manning's latest ankle surgery. If he had recovered quickly from surgeries in the past surely he would do the same again now.

Equally as likely though is that this ankle surgery is yet another in a series of injuries that are beginning to take there toll on the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

This is not to say that the Giants should be looking to replace their quarterback immediately. Manning is an experienced play caller who manages the game well. He should be capable of leading the Giants well over the next few seasons.

It needs to be recognised however, that he is on the down-slope of his career. Manning is not going to improve and become a better QB then he already is. In fact Eli Manning is likely at the beginning of a slow decline.

Fortunately, this year's draft offers the Giants the opportunity to put plans in place to replace Manning and secure the success of the team long-term.

The top quarterbacks in this draft are all talented. There is a strong chance that Manziel, Bortles and Bridgewater will all be NFL stars or at least starters someday. They are not slam dunks however. 

They all have deficiencies that will likely restrict them from succeeding in their rookie seasons and consequently from being picked at the very top of the draft.

Manziel is often too reckless and gung-ho in his play.

Bortles has question marks over the accuracy and speed of his throwing arm.

Bridgewater has a slight frame that might not stand up to the rigours of the NFL.

For these reasons few-to-none of the teams with top draft picks seem to be completely sold on the top QB talent in this year's draft.

Fortunately for the Giants though they aren't in this position. Manning will be the starter for the next couple of seasons and any QB the Giants draft can be given time to learn the playbook and iron out and technical difficulties.

The Giants have the 12th overall draft pick. Given all the uncertainty surrounding the top QB prospects it is conceivable that the Giants will have an opportunity to draft one of them. If this
happens the Giants must seize the moment and draft Manning's replacement.

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