Will Giants, one of NFL Draft’s pivot teams, take a QB at No. 6? Leadership weighs in

ORLANDO, Fla. — The New York Giants aren’t merely taking part in coy on their determination.

The franchise holding the sixth total decide on this yr’s NFL Draft additionally, per workforce proprietor John Mara and common supervisor Joe Schoen, haven’t but decided.

Will they choose a quarterback in a yr the place the crop appears wealthy? In the event that they do, how quickly will they anticipate that quarterback to compete – and what’s going to that imply for Daniel Jones, whose deal consists of yet one more profitable yr after which few ensures?

Mara says he’s open to drafting a quarterback if Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll imagine it’s greatest.

“In the event that they fall in love with the quarterback and imagine that it is price it at No. 6 or transferring up, I actually help that,” Mara mentioned Monday afternoon from a boardroom on the league’s annual assembly. “All I wish to be certain that is that they are each on the identical web page.”

Will the Giants pair a rookie first-round quarterback with Daniel Jones subsequent season? (Picture by Wealthy Schultz/Getty Photographs)

Schoen and Co. are doing their homework on quarterbacks that might be out there. They’re attending professional days and crunching movie, whereas additionally gathering intel on how the 5 picks earlier than them are more likely to unfold.

The Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders and New England Patriots share a distinction uncommon of the groups scheduled to pick first via third within the draft.

“One via three, these groups all traded quarterbacks, and there’s a story on the market that they could take a quarterback,” Schoen mentioned.

So whereas “no one’s closing the door,” trade-up propositions greatest be profitable. Quarterbacks abound on the prime of the draft, however so do quarterback-needy groups.

The Giants, in some methods, are in a positive place. They’ve Jones below contract for the subsequent yr together with his rights for 3, and optimism nonetheless lingers that the Jones who posted a career-best 92.5 passer ranking in 2022, with a league-low 1.1% interception ranking and a playoff victory, is the Jones they’ll see in 2024.

Neck accidents and a torn ACL derailed Jones’ 2023 season, offensive line accidents additional decimating his likelihood to actually function Daboll’s offense of their second yr collectively.

Jones may trip one other yr and, in a best-case situation, the Giants draft a quarterback and let him sit for a yr the best way the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs did in 2017.

“Can or not it’s Pat Mahomes and never play one sport as a rookie in a super scenario? That may be good in the event that they flip into Patrick Mahomes,” Schoen mentioned. “It varies in conditions and it’s a massive soar from faculty to the professionals. So to say a man is gonna are available in and be instantaneous espresso, that’s robust to say.”

Which is why, if Jones isn’t a perpetually resolution, the Giants may in the end select to draft a quarterback within the first spherical with out making an instantaneous determination on Jones.

With adequate perception within the quarterback, Mara would help that.

“I do not need that to be interpreted as ‘Oh, we do not have confidence in Daniel,’” Mara mentioned. “I imply, we do believe in Daniel.

“However if in case you have an opportunity to carry one other quarterback and the top coach and the overall supervisor have a conviction about him, then go forward.”

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