Giants trading up to go OT over Drake Maye would have been a nightmare

Joe Schoen would have infuriated people if he would have made this move
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With the NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror, plenty of NY Giants fans are quite pleased with general manager Joe Schoen. He brought in Malik Nabers at No. 6 overall and followed that up with safety Tyler Nubin and Andru Phillips on Day 2.

Theo Johnson in the fourth round was a pretty exciting move too. Having said that, the latest buzz from Adam Schefter sure has a lot of people talking. Per the ESPN insider, he believes that had the Giants landed the No. 3 overall pick from New England, perhaps they would have targeted offensive tackle Joe Alt over Drake Maye. This would have caused a meltdown among Big Blue supporters.

Adam Schefter thinks the Giants could have taken Joe Alt had they landed the No. 3 pick

Alt is a tremendous tackle and he ended up getting picked at No. 5 by the Los Angeles Chargers. With Alt and Maye both off the board, plus Marvin Harrison Jr. going to the Cardinals at No. 4 overall, it left Schoen with the easy decision to take Nabers at No. 6.

Having said that, reports came in on draft night that the Giants were working overtime to try and pull off a trade with New England. Schoen desperately wanted that No. 3 slot and the assumption was that he wouldn't waste a second in taking Maye.

Can you imagine the shock everyone would have had if Roger Goodell made his way to the podium and said the following: with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select Joe Alt, offensive tackle from Notre Dame.

Countless fans would have assumed it was some sort of prank. Thankfully, things ended up happening in a different way in Round 1 and the Giants now have a true WR1 with Nabers. The G-Men haven't had a stud wideout in town since the days of Odell Beckham Jr., but that's no longer the case.

As for the offensive line, yes, adding Alt would have been fantastic for the Giants, but trading up to No. 3 for him would have been a disaster. The Giants gave up a league-worst 85 sacks last season, which is why Schoen probably had Alt high on his board. The Giants were busy in the offseason improving the line, signing Jermaine Eluemunor, Jon Runyan Jr. and others.

Drafting Alt would have put an end to the Evan Neal nightmare at RT, but for now, the former No. 7 overall pick is going to get one last chance to prove he can handle things on the outside. If he doesn't and there's more movement at the position, then maybe down the road we'll be wishing the Giants did end up going after Alt. For now, we're happy they didn't.