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Giants: If It’s Not A QB In The Draft, Then What?

We're finally there: the NFL draft is now just a day away. As anticipation builds and rumors swirl about the Giants drafting a quarterback, it's important we, as fans, filter down the potential scenarios in order to set expectations. Here is what we do know with the clock ticking down. ESPN's Jordan Raanan who covers the Giants, said this week that the team is exploring moving up from having the 6th overall draft pick. The belief is that they would do this so that they could take UNC quarterback Drake Maye. However, that move is not as easy as it sounds, with the team likely having to give up a ton of value in order to move up just a few spots. In addition, as we all know, Daniel Jones is on the hook with a monster contract. So, if the team opts to stick with Jones and not draft a QB in the first round (Maye or Michigan's J.J. McCarthy) we are left pondering one question. Now what? Here Are Some Potential Scenarios If The Giants Drafting A Quarterback Is Not Their Plan Let's state the obvious, there are a ton of other holes to fill. Receivers Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson are young and have shown electric potential. Neither of them are big or tall targets physically, and both have wrestled with injuries. Now, think about this question. Have the Giants had a true number one receiver since Odell Beckham Jr. or even Plaxico Burress? The top of this 2024 NFL Draft is loaded with great receiver talent. Marvin Harrison Jr. will likely be gone by the sixth selection, but Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze should still be available. If I'm playing "Fantasy General Manager," and the right QB situation did not fall to me, I'm taking Odunze. He's drawing comparisons to Mike Evans of Tampa Bay, which should be enough for anybody to be sold. Furthermore, I watched Odunze play many times this past season with Washington, and he was the most impressive athlete I took note of. He often seemed unstoppable. He balances the attack best, and at six-foot-three, 216 pounds, Odunze instantly provides a threat the team has not had in over a decade. Joe Alt, out of Notre Dame, is expected to be the first tackle taken off the board. Very few mock drafts, if any, have the Giants taking him. However, I wouldn't be overly surprised if Alt became a Giant on Thursday night. No, he's not the flashy pick where fans are going to rush to buy his jersey this weekend, but the offensive line has been a problem since 2012. If GM Joe Schoen sees Alt as a solid remedy, we'll have to trust him. Those three positions are the most realistic options to be in focus for the Giants at pick number 6. Of course, crazy things can and do happen on draft night, so nothing is off the table. If Maye or McCarthy are not the names of the card the Giants hand in during round one, all is not lost. The team is not one player away from being a true title contender. Solid second-tier quarterback prospects like Spencer Rattler, Michael Pratt, or even Bo Nix could find their way to the GMen later on in the process. Still, it's necessary to remember: no quarterback is good or safe if he does not have a line that can protect him or a reliable receiver to catch the ball. [select-listicle listicle_id="729074" syndication_name="redrafting-each-of-the-giants-first-round-picks-the-past-5-years" description="yes"]

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