Draft positional preview: Quarterback

This is the first installment in a position-by-position analysis of the Giants as they prepare for the draft:

Position: Quarterback

Depth chart: Eli Manning, David Carr, Curtis Painter.

The departed: None.

Scouting report: Manning set career-highs of 510 yards passing against Tampa Bay and threw for five touchdowns in the season finale against Philadelphia, but he also went through a cold spell he hadn't experienced since his rookie season.

He had a three-game touchdown drought in the middle of the season -– his worst stretch since 2004 -- which sparked speculation of a tired arm. Manning also threw for one touchdown or less in 10 games this season.

Last year was a bit of a step back for Manning, who failed to throw for 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns for the first time since 2008. An injured Hakeem Nicks had a serious impact on Manning and the offense.

Carr threw three passes last season but serves as a solid backup for Manning and is often lauded by Tom Coughlin for helping prepare the defense as the scout-team quarterback. Painter signed a reserve/future deal with the Giants, who might need to start thinking about developing a young quarterback in the next couple of seasons.

The last time: The Giants haven't drafted a quarterback since taking Rhett Bomar in the fifth round out of Sam Houston State in 2009.

Potential targets: Obviously, the Giants don't need a quarterback. But sooner or later, they should consider looking at a young developmental quarterback late in the draft to try to groom for the future. And considering that they recently kicked the tires on Pat White, perhaps the Giants could take a look at some mobile quarterbacks, even ones who aren’t projected to play quarterback in the NFL, to help the defense prepare for speedy read-option quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III.

Michigan's Denard Robinson can't pass at an NFL level and is projected to play wide receiver. But he is as fast as they come. The Giants sometimes use Jerrel Jernigan to prepare the defense for read-option quarterbacks, but adding a mobile player like Robinson might help the Giants to prep for teams like Washington and Philadelphia. The question is, can Robinson or any other speedy player who played quarterback in college play another position like receiver or returner and justify the Giants using a late pick on a quarterback? Otherwise, it's possible the Giants bring in an undrafted quarterback to rookie minicamp and see if somebody can make the practice squad.

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