4 Giants on Thin Ice Heading Into the NFL Draft

The New York Giants will be replacing several franchise mainstays with their selections in this years NFL Draft
Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the
Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Darius Slayton - Wide Receiver

If New York is unable to land its franchise quarterback with the sixth overall pick, all signs point towards the team selecting a wide receiver. The Giants will likely end up with a receiver as the top three picks will be a quarterback while the Vikings are seemingly more desperate than the Giants to trade up to the fourth pick for JJ McCarthy.

If the Giants miss out on their quarterback they'll end up selecting either Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, or Rome Odunze giving the team a future top receiver.

While Slayton isn't in danger because of his play, there will be several reasons for the Giants to move on from Slayton. For starters, he is currently holding out in hopes of a new contract as he enters the final year of his contract. Joe Schoen has invested a second-round pick in Wan'Dale Robinson and a third-round pick in Jalin Hyatt, while Slayton was picked by Dave Gettleman.

If Schoen uses a first-round pick in a wide receiver in this draft, he'll be more invested in developing his players rather than continuing to play Slayton. This may lead to the Giants looking to trade Darius Slayton on draft night while the team also won't be extending him making him a lame duck.

1. Daniel Jones - Quarterback

The Giants may leave this draft with their future signal caller if the team is able to execute a trade up for a quarterback or if one slides to the sixth overall pick. Landing a quarterback early would all but end Daniel Jones' time in New York after the end of the 2024-25 season.

The Giants have shown interest in JJ McCarthy, while they're also reportedly interested in trading up for North Carolina's Drake Maye. The team may also look to the second round for their guy as Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr., and Spencer Rattler provide the team with intriguing options.

The Giants can get out of Daniel Jones's contract after this season with just $22 million against the salary cap. If a successor is chosen, we'll likely see Drew Lock or the rookie start the season at quarterback since New York won't want to risk a potential injury keeping the contract on the books.

Even if the Giants decide to wait on selecting a quarterback, it would take a near-MVP year for Jones to have a chance at staying.

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