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2024 NFL Draft watch: Giants slip to No. 7 pick

The Giants have been leapfrogged by the woeful Jets

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NCAA Football: Georgia St. at Louisiana State Matthew Dobbins-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants finally got some time off, thanks to their Week 13 bye. But while the Giants were resting and recovering from the first 12 games of the 2023 season, the rest of the NFL played on.

(Save the Ravens, Bears, Raiders, Bills, and Vikings, who were also on their bye week.)

While the Giants might not have done anything on the field, their draft position was still impacted by Sunday’s events. The Giants would be drafting seventh overall if the season ended today, after being jumped by the Jets in their loss to the Dolphins.

The Washington Commanders and New England Patriots lost as well, potentially cementing the top five of the draft order.

Tankathon

The Giants will play the Packers, Saints, Eagles (Christmas Day), Rams, and Eagles to finish out their season. Of the five games, the New Orleans Saints appear to be the Giants’ best (and possibly only) chance to pick up another win.

Since 2018, teams that finish with five wins typically pick between sixth and ninth overall. That would likely put three to five quarterback-hungry teams in front of the Giants, depending on how the rest of the draft order shakes out.

That could force the Giants to have to use some of their Day 2 picks (and possibly future picks as well) to trade up if they want a quarterback like LSU’s Jayden Daniels or Drake Maye out of UNC. There seems to be growing momentum for Daniels to be considered at the top of the draft alongside Maye and Caleb Williams — former NFL GM Randy Mueller recently said that Daniels is his QB2 (approximately 24:30 in). It wouldn’t be unthinkable to see Daniels complete a “Joe Burrow” like rise from relative obscurity to the top of the draft.

Even if the Giants remain steadfast in their commitment to Daniel Jones, slipping in the Top 10 could also limit their ability to get a franchise altering player. Prospects like Marvin Harrison Jr, Olu Fashanu, Joe Alt, and Malik Nabers could be off the board if the Giants wind up drafting eighth or ninth overall.

How the next few weeks unfold could have far-reaching implications for the future of the Giants’ franchise.