New update on Giants QB draft target proves NY was right to pass on him

The Giants decision to draft Malik Nabers at No. 6 proves to be the right move
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The NY Giants had a big decision to make at this year's NFL Draft with the No. 6 pick. Big Blue had shown interest in several quarterbacks, such as North Carolina's Drake Maye and Michigan's JJ McCarthy. Ultimately, the G-Men decided to stick with Daniel Jones and take LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers instead, which is proving to be the right decision.

Giants GM Joe Schoen had a couple of options in the first round of this year's draft. They could have moved up or down, but Schoen decided to stay put at No. 6 and take Nabers, a move that fills a void left by Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018. Nabers has already impressed at Giants offseason workouts, making flashy plays and head-turning catches, which has gotten Big Blue fans excited about what the LSU wideout will bring to New York's offensive scheme in 2024.

While neither Maye nor McCarthy landed in New York, the Giants have made the right choice with Nabers, as he has already proven to be a standout player to watch this summer during practice. Both quarterbacks are not expected to be their respective teams' Week 1 starters. While Patriots QB Maye not starting does not come as a shock, as he is likely to sit behind Jacoby Brissett, many expected McCarthy to win the job, but that may not be the case.

JJ McCarthy has underwhelmed this offseason for the Vikings

That is not to say the former Giants QB targets won't earn any starts in 2024. Still, they may need a little more development, especially for the Minnesota Vikings, as NFL analyst Greg Cosell reported McCarthy may need more time to be ready by Week 1. With McCarthy not expected to be the starting quarterback to the start the season, the Giants will likely see veteran quarterback Sam Darnold under center on Week 1 rather than the 2023 CFP National Champion. McCarthy has had an inconsistent spring and has struggled with his ball protection this offseason with the Vikings.

Darnold brings experience to the Vikings as the short-term replacement for Kirk Cousins, with McCarthy waiting in the wings to eventually take the helm. The veteran also knows a thing or two about playing MetLife Stadium as the former Jets quarterback. The 2018 No. 3 overall pick also spent time with the Carolina Panthers and, recently, the San Francisco 49ers after his failed days with the Jets. Minnesota's head coach Kevin O'Connell told Mad Dog Radio's Adam Schein that the team is very excited about the veteran.

You can only imagine Schoen and the Giants are happy to hear this news about McCarthy's development. Leading up to the draft, the Michigan quarterback was viewed as the long-term replacement for Jones, but the Giants front office passed on him. It appears to be the right call.