Drake Maye is one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft, and he is already doing his homework with one of the league’s all-time greats, which should only help him in the long run.
The North Carolina signal-caller has been taking pointers from none other than Eli Manning, which he revealed recently in a report by The New York Post last week.
“I’ve been working with Eli throughout the process, getting on Zooms and talking football with him,” said Maye. “I’m working out in Mobile, Alabama, and his backup quarterback in college was Dave Morris, and he’s training me for the draft.”
“Pretty small world. And I was at the Manning Camp this summer, so I got to see Eli and Peyton,” he added.
Drake Maye shares similarities with Justin Herbert
In his three-year stint with North Carolina, Drake Maye threw for 8,018 yards, 63 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions for a 64.9 percent completion percentage. Drake Maye is currently listed at 6’4″ and 230 pounds, which is a great size for an NFL quarterback.
The reason he is often compared to Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is because Drake Maye has great arm strength, can throw the ball even when on the move, and he’s a brilliant scrambler when needed.
However, just like Justin Herbert, Drake Maye can run into bad sacks and throw horrendous interceptions, especially when under pressure to save a play. But those issues are fixable if Maye lands in a great situation.
Where is Drake Maye placed in the NFL mock drafts?
Drake Maye is projected to be the third-best quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft. Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels are expected to join the Chicago Bears and the Washington Commanders, respectively, so there’s a big chance that the New York Giants draft Maye with the sixth overall pick.
“The Giants have plenty tied up in Daniel Jones, but everyone can see how badly this offense needs an upgrade at quarterback,” wrote Devin Jackson via The Philadelphia Inquirer. “And Maye – who can operate from the pocket and on the move while fitting passes into tight windows – checks the boxes.”
Perhaps following in the footsteps of your mentor is the right way to go if you’re Drake Maye, and for sure, Eli Manning would approve.