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CBS Sports Makes This Pick for Giants at No.6

The Giants grab their franchise quarterback in CBS Sports’ latest mock draft.

NFL Draft buzz is heating up, with about one month left until the big event. The New York Giants, who hold the No.6 overall pick, have rumors swirling about their intentions, as they are in a spot to pick one of the premier players in this year’s class.

But will that pick be a quarterback? Everyone is waiting to see, as some draft analysts believe as many as five quarterbacks could go in the first round of the draft. And will the Giants move up to make sure they get who they want? That possibility can't be ruled out either.

As far as CBS Sports’ latest mock draft, composed by Kyle Stackpole, goes, the Giants will likely stay at No. 6 and select Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, of whom he writes, "Best-case scenario for the Giants, who get the QB they're reportedly interested in without giving up anything.”

McCarthy’s name has skyrocketed since the conclusion of the NFL Scouting Combine, going from a projected fringe first-round pick to a potential top-ten selection. He’s been linked to the Giants numerous times over the last few weeks, including a top-30 draft visit this past week. 

According to Bleacher Report insider Jordan Schultz, the Giants recently went all out to host McCarthy on a pre-draft visit.  

Some are split on whether McCarthy will find success in the NFL. He comes from a pro-style offense in Michigan, where he threw for just under 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns with four interceptions last season. 

He has issues consistently throwing deep and outside the numbers, but there are things to like about McCarthy’s game. He’s not extremely athletic, but he can extend plays and can make eye-opening throws occasionally. While he has trouble throwing deep, he is not afraid to attack over the middle and excels at doing so.

McCarthy just turned 21, and he has a lot of room to grow. Whether it's him or another quarterback, the expectation is that they will sit for at least a season while incumbent Daniel Jones (once healthy) and, if need be, Drew Lock handle the bulk of the heavy lifting for 2024.

Considering what head coach Brian Daboll, offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, and quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney were able to do with Tommy DeVito and Tyrod Taylor last season, it’s fair to say they could help McCarthy reach the next level. Selecting him at No. 6 would be interesting, but if the Giants regime views McCarthy as their guy, they have to take the chance regardless of the outside noise.