There is a strong belief by some in the league that Maye is the Giants’ guy. Perhaps it has to do with him being the most similar to Daboll’s former pupil, Allen. Maye is the one who could force New York to mortgage part of its future in order to address the most important position on the roster. He also could benefit from sitting a year behind Daniel Jones.

“He’s only 21 years of age,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said. “He’s going to keep getting better. … If you want to hit the home run, you take Drake Maye.”

Some concerns among evaluators range from being too inconsistent to an inability to raise the level of his teammates.

“I know there are some people who have a really hard time with Drake Maye’s mechanics,” an executive who studied Maye said. “He dips the ball low and has a low release. From a ball security standpoint, I think that is problematic.”

He’s the most boom-or-bust quarterback at the top of this draft.

The national championship winner is perhaps the most controversial of the top quarterback prospects. He threw for 2,991 yards with 22 touchdown passes and four interceptions as a junior at Michigan, where he was primarily a passenger in a run-heavy offense. McCarthy didn’t even officially throw a pass in the second half of a win over Penn State.

But the Giants are clearly intrigued. He visited, had a private workout around Easter and met with them at the combine. The interest is real for pick No. 6. The question is whether the Giants are all-in and willing to trade up to land him ahead of Minnesota.

McCarthy’s rise up draft boards isn’t quite as monumental as most believe. A general manager told ESPN after the combine he would be a top-10 pick. Teams really do seem to like the talent, not just the résumé.

“I don’t think there is a shortage of talent there,” one assistant GM said. “There might be an incomplete résumé because he wasn’t a volume passer. That’s not really his fault.”

It makes McCarthy a projection more than most. But he has a strong arm and enough ability to make plays out of the pocket. At 6-2, 219, he’s big enough, but perhaps isn’t the stereotype for Daboll’s offense. McCarthy, though, has reportedly excelled in the pre-draft process.

Some evaluators, however, still aren’t sold.

“He’s better than Mac Jones,” the evaluator said. “If you want J.J. to go in there and say, ‘Hey, let’s get this guy, go in there and compete with these big dogs,’ nah. He has to play like he played at Michigan. Shootouts and things, he’s just not that guy.”

The evaluator later compared McCarthy to former 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and pondered if that is what you want at pick No. 6. He thought the same of the Giants taking Jones at No. 6 in 2019.

McCarthy is a lightning rod because of the wide range of opinions. One general manager had him as the No. 2 quarterback in this draft. A scout had him fourth behind Williams, Daniels and Maye. An executive had him sixth behind Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix. It’s a true mixed bag on McCarthy.