The New York Giants turned what many anticipated to be a forgettable season right into a magical playoff run that has followers enthusiastic about what’s to come back in 2023 and past. So the place do they go from right here?
Sounds prefer it’s mock draft time.
Heading into this mock draft, we’re going to function beneath the idea that each Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley will likely be re-signed for the reason that Giants have been open about wanting each gamers again. I additionally imagine the Giants will deliver again security Julian Love and huge receiver Darius Slayton, which suggests the wants for this draft will focus on huge receiver, cornerback, inside offensive line, edge rusher, and an off-ball linebacker.
Mock Draft Guidelines
New York Giants Mock Draft
Rd 1 (Choose 25): Trenton Simpson, LB Clemson
My intention wasn’t to take a linebacker this yr, however when Simpson fell it made sense. At 6’3″ 230, Simpson is the perfect form of hybrid defender for the fashionable NFL. He has taken snaps for Clemson at security, WILL linebacker, and even lined up throughout the entrance in strain fronts.
He can shoot the gaps, free himself from blocks, and end tackles with aggression. He has the instincts to be sturdy in protection in addition to a dynamic blitzer in passing downs, and I believe his versatility could be large for the Giants’ protection.
Plus, this can be a deep huge receiver class, and Joe Schoen acknowledged in his postseason press convention that “A primary receiver doesn’t assure you something. I believe it’s essential that we proceed to construct the group, and there are a number of positions the place we need to improve all through the offseason.” If a expertise like Simpson falls, they could not need to cross that up for a receiver.
Rd 2 (Choose 57): Jalin Hyatt, WR Tennessee
Particularly if a large receiver like Jalin Hyatt falls. Now, I don’t assume Hyatt will fall this far within the second, however I performed by the principles of the mock draft. He was on the board, so I jumped.
He received the Biletnikoff Award because the nation’s high huge receiver this yr. He has great pace and robust route working which implies that he can win deep or over the center of the sector. Whereas most of his faculty manufacturing got here from the slot, he might be an asset there for the Giants in the way in which they envisioned Kadarius Toney being one.
Irrespective of the place you line him up, he could be an enormous asset for this Giants’ offense.
Rd 3 (Choose 89): Andrew Vorhees, OG USC
New York additionally will get an improve within the inside of their offensive line with 6’6″ 320-pound behemoth Andrew Vorhees. The USC product has good athleticism and energy for his construct and has began for the Trojans since he was a freshman.
He’s been described by a number of scouting reviews as a “tone-setter up entrance” due to the way in which he seems to be to punish individuals on his blocks. He’s a greater blocker at present within the run recreation, however that’s greater than wonderful for this Giants’ offense. If Vorhees handed pace strain higher he’d seemingly be an early Day Two decide however within the third spherical, his body and energy will likely be an enormous win for the G-Males.
Rd 3 (Choose 100): Garrett Williams, CB Syracuse
I thought of taking a CB within the first spherical for the Giants however none fell that intrigued me, so we assist the secondary right here with an extended cornerback within the 6’0″ Williams.
Williams was a Freshman All-American in 2020, an All-ACC choice in 2021, and was having a strong 2022 earlier than an ACL harm ended his season. If not for harm, there isn’t a approach he’d slip this far. He’s an incredible athlete who confirmed effectively in Syracuse’s zone protection however has the talents to play press-man as effectively. He’s a bodily tackler and aggressive in protection.
He additionally brings quite a lot of the identical swagger as Jets’ cornerback Sauce Gardner, and I believe he’d be a fan favourite in New York.
Rd 4 (Choose 126): Mike Morris, EDGE Michigan
Whereas Simpson can play the EDGE in sure packages, I felt just like the Giants may use a extra conventional EDGE defender too. That’s the place Morris matches in at 6’6″ and 280 kilos.
Morris took an enormous step ahead as a cross rusher in 2022 and confirmed that he may win along with his hand within the grime or in a two-point stance. He bought higher at utilizing leverage on his rushes and utilizing his fingers to disengage from blockers.
He’s a big man, so there’s a restrict to his athleticism, however he’s a robust, bodily run defender who is usually a true three-down defender within the NFL. That’s a very good discover this late within the draft.
Rd 5 (Choose 158): Mohammed Ibrahim, RB Minnesota
I anticipate the Giants to deliver again Saquon Barkley, however possibly it will likely be on a franchise tag. Even when Barkley is signed long-term, Matt Breida is a free agent, so the Giants might be trying so as to add a younger backup for Saquon. Given his harm historical past, that’s not a horrible thought.
Ibrahim was as soon as a possible first or second-round decide, however he tore his Achilles within the first recreation of the 2021 season and admittedly didn’t come again as the identical athlete. Nonetheless, he will likely be one other yr faraway from that harm and can present worth even when he by no means hits the highs he had beforehand.
He’s an instinctive runner, who’s low to the bottom and might transfer the pile between the tackles. He appears to have a knack for incomes further yardage for himself attributable to his imaginative and prescient and skill to make cuts within the backfield. He by no means was an actual pace risk, so he’s not going to interrupt an enormous run, however he is usually a strong complement to Saquon to maintain the Giants’ star rested and wholesome.
Rd 6 (Choose 195): Andrei Iosivas, WR Princeton
I made a decision to have some enjoyable with this one. The Giants is likely to be bringing in a number of huge receivers to assist overhaul their room, so why not take of venture on a 6’4″ former observe star with a 40-inch vertical? Isn’t that what late-round picks are for?
Iosivas didn’t play in opposition to the most effective competitors in faculty and he’s not a bodily participant on the perimeters as a blocker or in contested catch conditions, however he will get out and in of his routes at top-end pace and has good physique management when making the catch. Plus, his observe pace makes him harmful each time he has the ball in his fingers. That is the kind of flyer you’re taking late in drafts.
Rd 7 (Choose 219): Riley Moss, CB Iowa
Joe Schoen and Brandon Beane liked drafting cornerbacks late once they have been collectively in Buffalo, and it labored effectively, hitting on some strong rotational gamers with sixth or Seventh-round picks. Moss might be a type of guys.
He’s been a constant presence within the Iowa secondary for his complete collegiate profession and earned Large Ten Defensive Again of the 12 months in 2021. As a highschool huge receiver, he understands routes effectively and appears to all the time be in the correct spot to make a play on the ball or wrap up for a fast sort out.
He’s not a very twitchy athlete, however you don’t anticipate that from a decide this late within the draft. He’ll be a strong depth piece at cornerback who may have particular groups worth. That may entice Schoen.
Rd 7 (Choose 222): Jacob Gall, OC Baylor
Gall is an excellent athletic inside lineman that doesn’t have the ability of Vorhees. He can play each heart and guard and has proven the power to react rapidly to defenders to chop off angles and maintain blocks even when he lacks elite energy. In case you get him in an NFL weight program, he may turn out to be a helpful swing lineman for the group’s bench.