3 Most Likely Giants Round 1 Draft Scenarios

Tonight opens the NFL Draft and there are several scenarios in play for the New York Giants
The main stage as work goes on at the NFL Draft Theater near Campus Martius in Detroit on Tuesday,
The main stage as work goes on at the NFL Draft Theater near Campus Martius in Detroit on Tuesday, / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tonight officially opens the NFL Draft, with the New York Giants' sixth overall pick being one of the major question marks of the night.

The Giants are reportedly in talks with multiple teams about potential trades (both up and down) and even if they stay put at six there doesn't seem to be a clear favorite for what position they will address, let alone which player's name will be called.

Here's a look at the three most likely scenarios for the pick.

Scenario 1: Giants Stay Put at 6 and Land a Game-Changing Wide Receiver

While Joe Schoen and the Giants' brass will continue to work the phone lines in an attempt to land their signal caller the Giants seemingly won't get a trade done. This will likely result in the Giants being on the clock with three or four quarterbacks gone and one or two receivers off the board. The Giants will then turn to either selecting a wide receiver or trading down in the draft.

The Giants will in all likelihood stand pat at six selecting a blue-chip wide receiver that can transform the offense. The team would likely then pick between Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze, both of whom would be solid selections for the Giants. Nabers is a player that the Giants reportedly "covet" and the team would get a talent at wide receiver that they haven't had since trading away Odell Beckham Jr. In Rome Odunze, the Giants would get a contested catch monster, however Daniel Jones hasn't been one to throw 50/50 balls as we saw with the failures of Kenny Golladay.

The Giants would love to come away from this draft with a quarterback, however they may not be able to with as many quarterback hungry teams at the top of the draft board. Selecting a top receiver will soften the load on the quarterback the Giants select to replace Daniel Jones next season.

Scenario 2: Giants Find a Trade Partner and Find Their Quarterback

The Giants have been working the phones all week, however it's likely we won't see a trade executed until either the Patriots or Cardinals are on the clock. The Giants in this scenario trade up to either the third or fourth overall pick landing their franchise quarterback.

The likely pick in this scenario is Drake Maye, North Carolina's star quarterback. Maye is the prototypical quarterback at 6"4 with solid athletic ability and a great arm. Maye passed for 3,608 yards with 24 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He's an accurate quarterback with an ability to pass to all areas of the field. The Giants would need Maye to become a better quarterback when it comes to decision making as Maye can be too aggressive at times, but overall it's a fantastic outcome for the Giants.

The team will then likely either start Drake Maye in Week 1 or allow him to learn behind one of the current' quarterbacks. If the Giants look to sit Maye, it would likely be behind Drew Lock as an injury to Daniel Jones would keep the team from getting out of his contract.

Scenario 3: The Giants Trade Down to Stock Up on Picks

The Giants seem infatuated with the idea of drafting Drake Maye meaning they may not be interested in drafting JJ McCarthy. The Giants could then trade down either with a team interested in drafting JJ McCarthy or with a team looking to land a top receiver. The Giants certainly need blue-chip players, but they also need to add draft capital in this class. The Giants only have three picks in the top 100 with pick 6, pick 47, and pick 70.

Trading down in the draft would allow the Giants to accumulate draft capital either in this draft or the 2025 NFL Draft. This is attractive as the Giants have plenty of holes to fill in the roster in what's talked about as a deep draft class. This is also attractive as the Giants may need to accumulate draft capital in the 2025 draft class if they plan on selecting a quarterback in that class.

Ideally, the Giants trade down in the range of ten to twenty where they'll have an opportunity to select a high-caliber talent. If the Giants land between ten and twenty the prospects to watch are Brian Thomas Jr, Terrion Arnold, and Brock Bowers among others.

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