1. QB J.J. McCarthy, Michigan
The hype surrounding J.J. McCarthy being a first-round pick has been mind-boggling to see, let alone those who project him being picked to the Giants. We respect what McCarthy has done in college, but it's tough to look at the teams around him, alongside his production, and leave with the takeaway that he was the reason for Michigan's success.
Through 15 games this season, McCarthy completed 72.1 percent of his passes for 2,991 yards, 22 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Not only are his stats not the most impressive, but watching him play will showcase some glaring flaws in his game that will likely prevent him from succeeding at the professional level.
For starters, McCarthy played in a ridiculously simple offense at Michigan that relied on him succeeding off of his initial read. Once this read was gone, McCarthy would often look flustered in the pocket and fail to make plays. This does not mean that McCarthy doesn't have positive traits though.
McCarthy is an incredibly young prospect, being just 20 years old, meaning that any team who drafts him will have plenty of time to develop the NCAA champion. Alongside this, he has good pocket presence, can make some creative plays, and is very good in play-action scenarios. These positive aspects of his game should not take away from his inability to process defenses and his lack of touch in the air.
Perhaps the Giants could select him in the second round if he falls, as at that point, taking a gamble on a QB Daboll can develop may be worth it. However, if the Giants take him at No. 6 overall, it could be Daniel Jones all over again.