If The Giants Don’t Draft A QB In Round 1, All Is Not Lost
The quarterback discussion and debate will certainly be front and center for the next few months in East Rutherford. The Giants holding the sixth pick in the upcoming NFL draft may or may not give them the choice to add a top talent at the position. However, if the top three guys are gone, the Giants will have other quarterback options later in the draft.
Of course, this assumes the team does not make a trade to move up into the top five. If they do, that should certainly signal a high chance that General Manager Joe Schoen is interested in a particular QB.
At this point, it’s well understood that USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, and the Heisman Trophy winner from LSU, Jayden Daniels, are considered the three premier guys at the quarterback position in this 2024 draft. In fact, some believe there’s a chance they can be the first three players selected. Regardless, let’s consider the options if those three guys have been picked by the time the Giants are on the clock at six.
Late Round 1, Early Round 2 Options
It’s been a common occurrence for teams to trade up and get back into the late first round if a player they are interested in unexpectedly falls and is still available. Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy and Oregon slinger Bo Nix could be guys hovering around the end of round one. The Giants would most likely have to trade their second round pick in order to bump up here. Nonetheless, I think there are better value options waiting until the later rounds, if a QB is desirable.
Here Are Some Names To Watch
One of the strongest arms in this draft belongs to Tennessee QB Joe Milton (nicknamed “Bazooka Joe”). Sure, he’s a raw talent, but his size (6 foot 5) and athleticism may be too difficult to pass up. Especially if he’s still available in the late rounds of the draft. Milton competing with Daniel Jones could provide some drama.
If we get to day two of this NFL draft and the Giants went wide receiver and lineman heavy so far, here are some other names. Spencer Rattler of South Carolina will be there, as should Michael Pratt from Tulane.
The Giants certainly have their work cut out for them. Events like the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine will help shape their draft board preparation. With Daniel Jones injured but under contract, that also complicates the situation. Still, there are high expectations for the top talent available this year. If the Giants do not select a quarterback early on in April’s draft, it doesn’t mean they won’t at all.