With April's NFL draft getting closer and closer, the New York Giants will likely look to add a QB in some fashion. With Daniel Jones coming off a poor campaign that concluded with a torn ACL, having at minimum a backup option heading into 2024 is of the utmost importance.
In ESPN's prediction of how the QB carousel will break down between free agency and the draft, Jordan Raanan had a bit of a different idea than what most Giants' fans originally envisioned. Rather than using the No. 6 overall pick to grab a QB, Raanan proposed the idea of waiting, and targeting either Michael Penix Jr. or J.J McCarthy later on.
Could the NY Giants land Michael Penix Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft?
"Perhaps the Giants ultimately try to trade into the back end of Round 1 to secure the fifth-year option on a quarterback, but they get their pick of the next tier near the top of Round 2. I went with Penix over Michigan's J.J. McCarthy (at No. 39 overall) in this scenario because of his big arm and ability to get the ball downfield. That makes him an ideal fit for Brian Daboll's offense. This is of course contingent on Penix's physical going well, given his extensive injury history (two shoulder injuries, two knee injuries). The pick gives New York options should Daniel Jones not rebound in 2024 after coming back from his torn ACL."- Jordan Raanan, Giants reporter
With two viable options projected to land in the late first or early second round, the Giants could end up landing a stud outside of the Top 3: Caleb Williams, Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels. Both Penix and McCarthy are considered strong targets, while Bo Nix has been receiving plenty of attention of late too.
This year's College Football Playoff ironically saw Penix and McCarthy battling for the National Championship. With Michigan and Washington playing opposite styles, with Michigan's ground-and-pound against Washington's "air-raid," it was a tremendous game to watch. McCarthy was able to get the best of Penix and the Huskies, as Penix battled obvious injuries towards the end of that game.
With both players proving themselves as ultra-talented winners during their college careers, the Giants surely won't face an easy decision regardless of what draft pick they decide to use to grab a QB of the future. Let's hope that Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll find their guy.