For a lot of NY Giants fans, they can only hope this is a joke and general manager Joe Schoen has something else up his sleeve in terms of improving the quarterbacks room. For a while, people in New York and New Jersey have been dreaming of the G-Men taking a QB early in the draft.
However, ESPN's Matt Miller doesn't think that's going to be the case. In his latest NFL Mock Draft, the veteran analyst thinks the Giants will go with wideout Rome Odunze with the No. 6 overall pick. That's not a surprise at all. However, in the second round, Miller has the Giants passing on Michael Penix Jr. because he's not a good fit for NY's offense.
With that, the Giants will use their first second-rounder on Duke guard Graham Barton. Not only that, but Miller said the buzz at the Senior Bowl is that the Giants will look for a veteran QB to push Jones next season instead of drafting a QB early. A name he mentioned as a possibility? Jacoby Brissett.
ESPN thinks the Giants will go after a veteran QB in free agency instead of using an early pick on one
"The Giants miss out on the top three quarterbacks, but the rumors swirling at the Senior Bowl among agents is that the Giants are more likely to add a veteran free agent QB to compete with Daniel Jones than draft one early. It would allow general manager Joe Schoen to pick up a true WR1 in Odunze, who led the nation in receiving in 2023 (1,640 yards)."- ESPN's Matt Miller
Ever since the season ended for Big Blue, Giants Nation has been dreaming of Schoen potentially trading up to land either Caleb Williams, Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels. They'll all be off the board at No. 6 if the Giants stay put.
If Schoen is set on giving Jones one more chance, then bringing in a top talent like Odunze would make a ton of sense. Adding a starting-caliber guard in Barton would also be a home-run decision for the second round. Both strong picks, no doubt.
However, is this the QB splash people were hoping to see? In addition to Brissett, Colts Pro Bowler Gardner Minshew has been mentioned as someone the Giants could go after in free agency. Both Brissett and Minshew aren't QB1s for the future, though.
The Giants made a $160 million investment in Jones and Schoen may want to see what he can do with a fully healthy and improved offensive line around him. It won't be a surprise to see him start Week 1, but loads of folks will be disappointed if Schoen doesn't go after a bigger name under center too.