Giants Post-Combine Mock Draft: Daniel Jones Replacement Paired With Electric Playmaker

The NFL Combine was a news packed week for the New York Giants as draft rumors, free agency news, and a potential retirement swirl.

New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen talks to the media during his bye week news conference
New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen talks to the media during his bye week news conference / Art Stapleton/NorthJersey.com / USA
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The NFL Combine was a week full of storylines with the New York Giants as General Manager Joe Schoen spoke to the media.

The Giants revealed their plans to pass on franchise tagging Saquon Barkley with all signs pointing towards a future split. The team is also releasing offensive guard Mark Glowinski, saving around $6 Million in cap space. Joe Schoen reiterated his belief in Daniel Jones as the team's quarterback while experts made it clear the Giants are very open to drafting a quarterback. Tight end Darren Waller also announced that he's contemplating retirement as it's something he's been considering.

This news has reshaped our outlook on the Giants' NFL Draft plans, and here's our latest full 7-round mock draft:

1. 6th Overall Pick: J.J. McCarthy, QB

December 31, 2022; Glendale, Ariz; USA; Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy (9) throws a pass during
December 31, 2022; Glendale, Ariz; USA; Michigan quarterback JJ McCarthy (9) throws a pass during / Patrick Breen/The Republic / USA TODAY

The storyline of the combine is that the Giants are reportedly in the conversation for a quarterback in this draft. Here we won't see the Giants trade up, but rather stand put and take advantage of the deep QB class.

The Giants don't need to pick top-five to land their future quarterback in Michigan's JJ McCarthy. The national champion quarterback will need some time to develop, making landing behind Daniel Jones to start the year a great situation for McCarthy to set until he's ready.

The Michigan standout impressed at the NFL Combine as one of the few players who elected to compete in the drills. The team selecting McCarthy would signal general manager Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll finally building the team the way they desired. McCarthy has all of the traits needed to become a star at the NFL level and sitting until he's ready could prove beneficial as it did for Jordan Love, Jalen Hurts, and several other quarterbacks.