Giants’ interest in a quarterback is very real despite smokescreen rumors

Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy (9) (New York Giants)
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If the New York Giants weren’t interested in drafting a quarterback, they probably wouldn’t be sending their entire contingency to pro days in hopes of scouting potential options.

Most recently, the Giants sent general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll to Washington’s pro day to get a good look at Michael Penix, who is labeled outside of the top four quarterbacks but still an intriguing prospect.

The Giants have done substantial work on the top four, including Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, and J.J. McCarthy. In fact, they’re preparing to bring in Maye for a private workout after missing his pro day, so the work is not done ahead of the draft, and the Giants are certainly still considering a big move to replace Daniel Jones.

“They’re traveling around the country, they’re looking at these guys, they’re working them all out,” Raanan said on the Breaking Big Blue podcast. “Pretty much all the top quarterbacks have visited the Giants, worked out for them privately — so they’ve seen them throw — they met them all at the combine.”

The Giants’ Interest in a Quarterback is Very Real

The Giants aren’t trying to develop a smoke screen to put other teams off their trail since they will likely have to trade up in the draft to acquire a quarterback in the first place. Schoen will have to speak with the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, so their interest won’t be a surprise to other teams, especially those also trying to move up.

The Minnesota Vikings acquired another first-round selection to do just that. However, the Giants have a bit of leverage with the sixth overall pick since the Cardinals can still walk away with one of the best receivers in the draft class to support Kyler Murray.

Nonetheless, LSU star Malik Nabers has met with the Giants on multiple occasions, suggesting that Daboll loves his style of play. However, resetting the rookie quarterback window and opening up salary space in 2025 would be ideal, especially with Jones coming off a torn ACL and heading into the final year of his contract before the inevitable out becomes an attractive option.

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