Sunday Night Football was one of the most demoralizing losses possible for New York. According to OptaSTATS, New York became the first team in the Super Bowl era to lose despite having more rushing yards and passing yards, fewer fumbles + picks, and fewer missed field goals.
The Giants failed to score from the one-yard line to end both halves. The first half ended due to horrible clock management, and the game ended on a botched call by the refs. Regardless, New York is now 1-5, which means all eyes are on Mock Drafts. Big Blue would hold the No. 5 overall pick if the season ended today. Here is the latest version of my 2024 seven-round NY Giants Mock Draft:
NY Giants first-round pick: Washington QB Michael Penix Jr.
The Giants should consider picking a quarterback early in April for three reasons. Number one, if you are selecting in the top five of a draft, you must consider drafting a quarterback because there is no guarantee you'll be picking in the range to draft a quarterback again anytime soon.
Secondly, Daniel Jones only has one year of money guaranteed on his contract after this year. Finally, with Jones' injury history, especially his neck injury history, there is no guarantee he can hold up physically.
Michael Penix Jr. is the Heisman favorite and a flat-out superstar quarterback. He is mainly a pocket passer, but he has athleticism and can extend plays with his legs. Penix Jr. has incredible soft touch and accuracy while throwing, very reminiscent of the way Tyrod Taylor threw to Darius Slayton on Sunday night. When I see Penix Jr., I see a lot of Tua Tagovailoa, but with a better arm.
Through six games, the Tampa native has thrown for 2,301 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has been in college for six seasons and has thrown for over 11,000 yards. In 2022, Penix Jr. threw for 4,641 yards. He is going to be a stud in the pros.