Giants scouting potential first-round offensive tackle has fans divided

Could the Giants end up surprising a lot of people by going after an OT in the first round?
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It feels like a lock that NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen is going to use his upcoming first-round pick on an offensive player, we just have no idea which position. The headliners of course are quarterback and wide receiver. J.J. McCarthy or Malik Nabers? Both are options, plus others.

However, Schoen could end up surprising us all and going after an offensive tackle at No. 6 overall, which is where Notre Dame's Joe Alt enters the conversation. At his Pro Day recently, new Giants offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo was on hand taking a close look at him. This came after Joe Schoen and Co. had their eyes on the 6-7, 280-pounder at the Combine. Is he a player the G-Men would consider once draft night gets here?

Joe Alt to the Giants could end up happening in the first round

Alt is considered the best offensive lineman in the draft and plenty of mocks have him going inside of the Top 10. The expectation is that he could be available for the Giants at No. 6 overall, with four quarterbacks potentially going in the Top 5.

However, after the Giants made a flurry of offensive line signings, including right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor, would Schoen still prioritize the line over bringing in a WR1 at No. 6, or moving up in the draft to land a Daniel Jones replacement?

It's hard to say. On one hand, a lot of Big Blue supporters don't like the idea of going after Alt, as the hope is Eluemunor can push Evan Neal at RT, which would open the door for the former No. 7 overall pick to move to right/left guard.

However, others want the Giants to keep improving things up front, as games are won in the trenches and Alt could lock down the RT spot for years, the way everyone was hoping Neal would. It's tough to say, but we're a bit split ourselves.

The Giants absolutely need to bring in a star wide receiver for this offense. Nabers, Rome Odunze or even Marvin Harrison Jr. could be on the board at No. 6. However, we also can't rule out Alt being in play here as well.