J.J. McCarthy buzz to the NY Giants will only grow ahead of the NFL Draft

Will the Giants use their first-round pick on the Michigan QB?

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J.J. McCarthy is flying up draft boards and plenty of people think the NY Giants can be a great fit for the young Michigan star. McCarthy led Michigan to a National Championship win this past season, silencing a ton of his haters. Critics will say he didn’t have to do as much as other college quarterbacks, but the truth is he has the ability both as a passer and a runner, and he proved it when it mattered most.

McCarthy completed 72.3 percent of his passes, had 2,991 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also had 202 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. So, what's coming up for him at the next level? Perhaps a move to New Jersey.

Will the NY Giants draft J.J. McCarthy in the first round?

McCarthy is a guy some people tend to be split on, but he is flying up draft boards thanks to his performance at the NFL Combine. McCarthy was previously seen as a borderline first-round prospect, but now he could make his way inside of the Top 10.

The Giants are reportedly looking to move up in the NFL Draft. If that happens, then Daniel Jones' days as the starting signal-caller for this team could be numbered. While Jones isn't going anywhere this offseason, NY could release him next year, especially if they move up in the draft to land a new QB1. Or, if McCarthy is still on the board at No. 6, they can land him there.

McCarthy had an interesting NFL Combine. His 3-cone drill was a 6.82, which was the best time ever for a QB. McCarthy was a bit off at times during passing drills, but plenty of jaws dropped seeing him launch the ball deep.

While it's up in the air what the Giants plan to do at QB, it's clear they're intrigued by guys at the top, including McCarthy. Despite giving Jones a massive contract last March, it really feels like Joe Schoen doesn't believe in his game for the long haul.

The Giants have an out with Jones' contract after next season. With Danny Dimes suffering his torn ACL in 2023 too, plus dealing with a neck injury, Schoen could feel inclined to grab a QB in late April since the class is so loaded. Will it be McCarthy? We'll find out this spring, but this could be a solid fit for the G-Men.