NY Giants post Super Bowl mock draft: G-Men trade up for franchise QB

Joe Schoen trades up in the first round to secure the Giants their next QB

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With the conclusion of the 2023 season and the Super Bowl coming and going, all eyes are now on the 2024 season. That goes double for the NY Giants, as they look to rebound from a rather disappointing 6-11 campaign.

With two months to go until the 2024 NFL Draft, the question for the Giants is, what they will do with their first-round pick? Will they take a quarterback? Or will they trust Daniel Jones to be the guy of the future and try to build around him? Some think the Giants could give Jones another shot and add a veteran quarterback in free agency.

However, some wonder if Giants general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll want to risk their jobs on the shoulders of Jones, who took a step back in 2023 both on the field and health wise. Jones suffered a torn ACL back in November and he is currently rehabbing and recovering from that surgery. Because of that, his status for the start of 2024 remains up in the air, and if that’s the case, this is the time for the Giants to pounce on their next quarterback.

In one recent mock draft done by CBS Sports, it has North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye falling down to the No. 6 overall pick and into the Giants lap.

It would be a massive victory in itself if the Giants could land Maye if they stand pat at the No. 6 spot, but the realistic outcome is that if Maye is available after the No. 3 pick, the Giants would have to pounce because other teams would try to do the same.

However, there have been some discussions about the New England Patriots trading out of their spot at No. 3. Will it happen?

If the Patriots do move down, this is a scenario where the Giants can jump up, especially if the quarterbacks are sitting there when the Patriots are on the board, but are looking to move out of that pick.

TRADE ALERT: NY Giants send 2024 first round, second round, fourth round and 2025 first-round pick to New England Patriots for No. 3 overall pick, select UNC QB Drake Maye

For the second straight year, the Giants decide to trade up in the first round, but this time, it’s to get one of the top quarterbacks in the draft in Maye. As everyone saw before the Super Bowl, Maye revealed that he had been working with former Giants quarterback Eli Manning as far as the NFL Draft process goes. This has given many Giants fans visions of Maye taking snaps under center in MetLife Stadium in the near future.

What better person to learn from than Manning, who was traded from the Chargers to the Giants on the day of the 2004 NFL Draft and then proceeded to have a 15-year career with the Giants that ended with two Super Bowl championships and a potential bid into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 2023, Maye threw for 3,608 yards with 24 touchdowns to just nine interceptions for the Tar Heels. Drafting Maye would signal that he is the future for the Giants and Jones’ time with the team would be coming to an end, possibly after 2024 with a $22 million dead cap hit attached.

Trading up for Maye is too good of an opportunity for the Giants to pass up on, and as Schoen once said, “scared money doesn’t make money.” Schoen isn’t scared to trade up because his job may depend on finding the next future quarterback for the Giants. He goes for it with Maye.