We’re two weeks from the 2024 NFL Draft. Rumors are flying through every media outlet as to what the Giants will do with the No. 6 pick and later rounds.

Quarterback? Wide Receiver? Cornerback? Offensive Lineman? There are so many needs on this team.

The Giants’ offseason moves give some indication of a narrowed focus on draft picks. They are in a win-win position to help the team for the long haul.

The Giants have focused much of this offseason on signing five offensive linemen, two blocking tight ends, a solid running back, a top edge rusher after a trade, an experienced defensive back, a returning linebacker/defensive back, two experienced but not top wide receivers, and another running back that hasn’t played a down since college in 2022.  They also signed QB Drew Lock as insurance if QB Daniel Jones is not ready for the season.

Clearly, GM Joe Schoen has set the stage to draft a top offensive skill position (receiver or quarterback) player, right?  I mean, they’ve already signed the open guard positions on the offensive line (Jon Runyan & Jermaine Eluemunor) to go with LT Andrew Thomas, C John Michael Schmitz, and RT Evan Neal, plus capable, experienced former OL starters as backups in Aaron Stinnie, Austin Schlottmann, and Matt Nelson.  This doesn’t seem to indicate the Giants will go for a top offensive lineman early in the draft.  The running back position isn’t viewed as an early draft position by the Giants (with the loss of Saquon Barkley) or many teams.  With the signing of a starter in Devon Singletary, they may need a complimentary banger of a running back. But that’s not a priority.  

The defensive front and linebackers seem more established and set than in years past.  It would make sense for the Giants to draft a secondary player (cornerback or safety) in the Day 2 rounds to add a starter or depth in the absence of DBs Adorie Jackson and Xavier McKinney.  However, none of the predicted “best players available” are defensive secondary prospects.  This will be solved in later rounds.

That brings us to two positions that have been primary focus points of the Giants’ front office efforts as we get closer to the draft…quarterback and wide receiver.  The Giants have spent extensive effort on nearly every quarterback considered a first or second-round option.  They have met multiple times with QB prospects Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, JJ McCarthy, Bo Nix, and Michael Penix Jr., with most of these meetings including both GM Joe Schoen and Head Coach Brian Daboll.

Likewise, the Giants have invested extensive effort in meeting with the top wide receivers in this draft.  They have met with Marvin Harrison Jr, Malik Nabers, Romeo Odunze, and others.  It is unlikely that the Giants would miss out on any one of these three receivers if they were available at Pick No.6. The only reason they would not choose a wide receiver is if a quarterback they covet was still there at Pick 6 or they traded up to get a quarterback they covet.

As Albert Breer stated in his Sports Illustrated article on April 8, 2024, the Giants have options to get a top player in this draft.  And they are forcing the hand of other teams to make trades to select ahead of them.  Either way, the Giants get a player of ability and need.\

ESPN’s Field Yates discusses his most recent two round mock draft with Mel Kiper where he predicts the Giants pick WR Malik Nabers at No. 6, then CB Max Melton at No. 47.  This means the Giants will stay with their QB room as is.  

Yahoo Sports summarized the draft experts’ mock picks for the Giants at No. 6, wide receivers Malik Nabers or Romeo Odunze.  

The question is, will Daniel Jones, behind a veteran and upgraded offensive line, be able to get the ball downfield and into the hands of his newest weapon, a blue-chip first-round wide receiver? Or do the Giants move up to grab a quarterback from purportedly the best quarterback class in several years?
In two weeks, we will find out.

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