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Draft watch: Giants fall to No. 6 in 2024 NFL Draft after beating Patriots

Is the Giants’ winning streak a pyrrhic victory?

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The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, exiting Week 12 with a 4-8 record.

The Giants are on their first winning streak since Week 7 of the 2022 season, but in doing so they’ve dropped to sixth overall in the 2024 NFL draft order.

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The win is great for players and fans desperate for wins in what has become a nightmare season. However, the lower draft position is likely distressing for fans looking to the draft for an infusion of talent in the hopes that the team can consistently compete against the top teams in the NFL.

A top-10 pick can still be useful if the Giants aren’t interested in drafting a quarterback. Players like Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR, OSU), Malik Nabers (WR, LSU), Ola Fashanu (OT, Penn State), Joe Alt (OT, Notre Dame), Dallas Turner (EDGE, Alabama), Chop Robinson (EDGE, Penn State) and Kool-Aid McKinstry (CB, Alabama) could all be potential upgrades for the Giants at cornerstone positions.

But Daniel Jones’ contract and injury history could push GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll to draft for the foundation of the team, not a cornerstone.

The Giants currently have four picks in the first three rounds (6, 37, 53, 70), and could be forced to use them as trade chips if the front office wants to select a top quarterback. The New England Patriots seemingly have to draft a quarterback after Mac Jones’ incredible regression this year. The Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders could both select passers, while the Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers could look to trade up for a quarterback as well.

We know the Giants have scouted quarterbacks extensively this year and have paid particular attention to Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy, Jayden Daniels, Michael Penix, and Bo Nix. One of them would still be around, even in the unlikely event that five quarterbacks go in the first five picks. However, if the Giants are set on getting a quarterback, they might have to move up to ensure they get “Their Guy”. Per Bill Barnwell, the Giants have just a 1% chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick.

Next year’s class appears relatively lackluster at this point, and will likely be headlined by Shedeur Sanders and Quinn Ewers. That too could factor into the the Giants’ strategy as we move forward into the draft process.

There is, of course, still plenty of football left to be played and the draft order will continue to be fluid.