2024 NFL Draft Giants rumors: Malik Nabers top target at No. 6

Malik Nabers Giants NFL Draft
FILE – LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers jogs off the field after his touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Nabers is a possible first round pick in the NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Should none of the top quarterbacks be left by the time the New York Giants are on the clock at No. 6 overall on Thursday night, Malik Nabers appears to be the top priority.

The LSU wide receiver, per SNY’s Connor Hughes, is the consolation prize for general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll, who will potentially pair up the pass-catcher with quarterback Daniel Jones for at least the 2024 campaign. 

With Jones recovering from a torn ACL and questions still remaining about his viability as the No. 1 quarterback of the future, Giants management has the potential to exercise an opt-out in his four-year, $160 million contract at the end of this upcoming season. 

It is an avenue that they certainly seem to be mulling over. The Giants have spoken with multiple quarterbacks — most recently South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler and Oregon’s Bo Nix — in the build-up to the 2024 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday night in Detroit.

Those two, however, will be Day 2 picks at the draft. By the time the Giants are on the clock come Thursday, it is expected that USC’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, LSU’s Jayden Daniels, and Michigan’s JJ McCarthy will be off the board. 

The Chicago Bears (No. 1), Washington Commanders (No. 2), and New England Patriots (No. 3), all need new quarterbacks, and the Minnesota Vikings are expected to jump into the top five for a passer, too, after Kirk Cousins signed with the Atlanta Falcons. 

Nabers gives Jones a bona fide, outside offensive weapon and a legitimate No. 1 receiver to work with if he remains atop the depth chart in 2024. The receiver set an LSU school record with 3,003 receiving yards in his career, including 89 receptions for 1,569 yards, and 14 touchdowns last year. 

He would immediately join a receiving core of other young, promising talents in Jalin Hyatt and Wan’Dale Robinson along with veteran Darius Slayton.

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