The next best-selling jerseys were first overall pick now-Cleveland Brown Baker Mayfield, former Oklahoma quarterback and this year's Heisman Trophy victor, and No. 3 pick now-New York Jet Sam Darnold, former USC quarterback. Lauletta will probably battle second-year QB Davis Webb - a 2017 3rd round pick - for the backup QB job in training camp. You know both fan bases well.
The teams that compete year after year, nearly all of them have former first-rounders at quarterback - or they've lucked into lower-round picks who became elite. The Giants made a decision to trust their guns in Eli Manning and provide him with several tools to upgrade the offense (Saquon Barkley). He will turn 38 in January. That's crucial for a locker room that dealt with much adversity and strife past year, which was the team's biggest problem last season.
His QBR has dropped each of the last four seasons.
He was a Heisman Trophy favorite entering last season, but had a rocky start in which he matched the number of interceptions he threw his first season - nine - in just USC's first six games while working with several new faces in the Trojans' offense.
In three seasons, Barkley finished as Penn State's second all-time leading rusher with 3,843 yards, including 1,271 this past season when he scored 138 points.
Then what? While it's true that franchise quarterbacks can be found in later rounds - see Russell Wilson (third round, 2012), Dak Prescott (fourth, 2016) and of course the patron saint of late-round quarterbacks, Tom Brady (sixth, 2000) - the truth is those are rare.
In the meantime, it brings another quarterback on board to bring more depth to the position this offseason.
Dave Gettleman has been hired as the general manager, Pat Shurmur has been hired as the head coach, Eli Manning was returned to his post as the team's starting quarterback and the 2018 NFL Draft yielded, on paper, the best results in years.
"What's the long-term plan with the quarterback?" You won't want to miss out on any breaking news stories, updates, or every-day activities! He's our quarterback. We believe in him. He is not improving with age or even maintaining a particular level of excellence.
The second day of the 2018 National Football League draft is in the books.