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New York Giants 2024 Team Mock Draft

The elephant in the room for the New York Giants organization still has to be the monstrous contract the team gave QB DANIEL JONES before the 2023 season. Most personnel people around the League still have a hard time understanding that move, which still looks ill-fated for a franchise that had shown much promise under first-year Head Coach Brain Daboll in 2022. And to compound the error, the team just lost SAQUON BARKLEY, their top offensive weapon, to the Eagles in the early 2024 VFA stampede. On the bright side, the Giants did acquire BRIAN BURNS, one of the NFL’s top young Edge Rushers for not much more than a second-round pick and a 6-Pack. Welcome to the NFL world of salary-governed rosters. 

My Mock effort for them will be keyed around the need for some dynamic playmakers Offensively and a sprinkling of defenders to replace high-priced vets who became Cap Casualties. 

New York Giants 2024 Team Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 6      ROME ODUNZE     WR     Washington   6’3/215      

Here is an elite wideout unlike any the Giants have seen since a guy named OBJ was a breakout Rookie who lit up the New York sports sky almost a decade ago. Now that Rome has muscled up to full size I have no problem likening him to Davante Adams, but more pro-ready as a Rookie than ADAMS was. He and Jalin Hyatt, from last year’s Draft, should be the new bellcows for Daboll’s Offense.

Round 2, Pick 47    JAYLEN WRIGHT  RB    Tennessee    5’11/210      

With Barkley gone their RB room looks pretty sparsely populated, talent-wise. So the League’s current aversion to taking RB in Round One plays to the Giants’ Offense. Wright got the most touches in his collegiate career last season for the Vols, and emerged as a RB-1 pro prospect. He has a nice combo of power and speed. Should make a solid 20-touch per game RB1.

Round 3, Pick 70       JADEN HICKS     S      Washington St     6’3/210    

With the VFA loss of McKinney, the Training Camp battling for starting S spots should be fearsome in Training Camp. Hicks provides ideal size and good athleticism. He has the tools to make an NFL starting S in my eyes. And while they find his ideal spot on the field how about emerging early as a Special Teamer?

Round 4, Pick 107     LEONARD TAYLOR     DT     Miami (FL)     6’2/305      

TAYLOR has the talent to be a Top 100 Prospect, but in reality, was never more than a quality rotational DT for the Hurricanes. His development for the G-Men is critical, given the departure of DT ROBINSON/WILLIAMS. 

Round 5, Pick 166      C.J. HANSON     OG      Holy Cross     6’5/300    

The team has walked away from a significant number of their 2023 OL group. They are counting on HANSON to fight for a starting OG slot, but not this season.

Round 6, Pick 183       TYRICE KNIGHT   LB    UTEP    6’0/235      

I can guarantee you that the average Giants fan has not watched many, if any, UTEP football games in recent years. But this guy stood out last season Miners. He totaled 140 tackles, 84 of them solo, during the 2023 college season. He gained an invite to the Senior Bowl and the Combine, post-season. His clocking of a 4.63/40 raised some eyebrows at the Combine. This looks more and more like a high value at the Pick. 

On paper, especially when you roll in the addition of BURNS to compliment THIBODEAUX as an Edge Rusher this looks like a winning Draft group. But unless WRIGHT comes through as a replacement for BARKLEY I am worried about their Offense.

Cheers

Pigskin Paul 

 

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