NFL insider hints John Mara could get in the way of the Giants new QB dream

Is Mara going to ruin the party on Thursday night?
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With the NFL Draft almost here, the NY Giants are in crunch time to decide what to do in the first round on Thursday night. The team has the No. 6 overall pick, allowing them to go in many directions based on their positional needs. 

Giants general manager Joe Schoen could either draft one of the top receivers at No. 6 like Malik Nabers or actively seek trade partners to move up and draft a quarterback like Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy. Recently, Big Blue has been rumored to have serious interest in Maye. The North Carolina quarterback is projected to be drafted No. 3 by the New England Patriots. 

While Maye would be a perfect fit in New York, Joe Schoen and the Giants' front office may need to pump the brakes on finding Daniel Jones' successor after a report from NFL insider Dianna Russini. She was on The Athletic Football Show on Tuesday to discuss the NFL Draft. Russini stated it would be a "tough sell to ownership" to trade up for a franchise quarterback to replace Danny Dimes. So, John Mara might get in the way of things after all?

Will the Giants draft a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft?

If the Giants wanted to draft a quarterback in the first round, they would have to be aggressive in finding a trade partner so that they could move up to within the Top 5, or they would have to get lucky and hope someone like McCarthy falls to them at No. 6. Still, the Giants must offer a haul of either players or picks to acquire a top pick where they can take a franchise quarterback, but does it make sense to dump all of that draft capital? 

Considering the Giants' current quarterback situation, the decision to draft a quarterback in the first round becomes crucial. Despite Jones' contract guaranteeing his roster spot in 2024, the team's need for a top receiver, a position they have been lacking for several years, is equally pressing. The Giants will give Danny Dimes one more opportunity before his dead cap hit in 2025 and then prioritize the quarterback position.

Last offseason, the Giants gave Jones a $160 million extension. The idea of giving up on him already just doesn't sit right with a lot of people and Russini thinks it could be tough for Schoen to make something happen. Still, anything can come up on draft night.

It is a no-brainer that the Giants build around their core at receiver made up of Wan'Dale Robinson, Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton and deep threat Jalin Hyatt.It also makes sense that the Giants draft a true WR1 at No. 6. If Nabers is available, Schoen might not hesitate in bringing him in, especially if Mara is hesitant on letting a trade up go down.