The New York Giants may have made the playoffs (and won a postseason game!) but they have tons of work to do with their roster to reach Super Bowl contender status. Their offseason is off to a good start so far.
New York managed to bring back key offensive pieces like quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, and receivers Darius Slayton and Isaiah Hodgins. On top of that, the Giants also added to their roster by making a blockbuster trade for tight end Darren Waller and signing receiver Parris Campbell and linebacker Bobby Okereke.
With the first wave of free agency done and the 2023 NFL Draft coming in about one month, here’s what the Giants’ draft class might look like when all is said and done.
Round 1 (No. 25 overall): Zay Flowers WR, Boston College
The Giants may have done some work already this offseason to build up their passing offense around their quarterback, but they’re still missing a true No. 1 wide receiver. Flowers has all of the potential to be just that as one of the most dynamic pass-catchers in the 2023 draft class. He can win on all three levels of the field and generate yards before the catch thanks to great route-running, ball skills, and an ability to separate from defenders. He’s also able to dominate after the catch thanks to his elite-level elusiveness in open space.
Flowers is on the smaller side but has already proven he can win on both the inside and outside. He could be the No. 1 receiver the Giants pair with Waller to make their passing attack significantly more dynamic.
Round 2 (No. 57 overall): Garrett Williams CB, Syracuse
Williams could make a huge, immediate impact on any team as a starting cornerback but lost the opportunity to raise his draft stock as high as the first round after tearing his ACL in October. The Syracuse product should be in a position to make that impact this fall for a team that desperately needs help at the outside cornerback position.
He’s an excellent zone defender and a physical cornerback that can defend well against the run too. If Williams gets healthy in time, he could be the Giants’ clear-cut CB1 or 2 by the time the season gets underway.
Round 3 (No. 89 overall): Luke Wypler OC, Ohio State
Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas has become one of the best in the NFL. Right tackle Evan Neal has the faith of the team entering his second season despite a shaky rookie year. But New York’s interior offensive line is an absolute mess, particularly at center.
Wypler is one of the best centers in the draft class thanks to his high football IQ, stellar range, and impressive pass blocking. He’s a well-polished blocker up the middle and could serve as a new “captain” of the Giants’ offensive line with last year’s centers Jon Feliciano and Nick Gates moving on to other teams.
Round 4 (No. 128 overall): Dorian Williams LB, Tulane
Okereke was a great addition for the Giants this offseason as a reliable upgrade to what they had at inside linebacker, but the team still needs additional help and depth at the position. That’s exactly what Williams would bring to the table as a sturdy linebacker with good length, skills in coverage, and reliable tackling. Even if Williams doesn’t project as an immediate starter at linebacker, he has an impressive résumé as a special teamer, where he could contribute immediately to a team that needs better athletes on their special teams.
Round 5 (No. 160 overall): Brandon Hill SAF, Pitt
Xavier McKinney is a great safety but his counterpart in the defensive secondary, Julian Love, departed for Seattle in free agency. Hill has great instincts and the range to make plays all over the field. He also plays with great physicality that would give the Giants another strong asset in run defense and coverage on short passes over the middle.
Round 5 (No. 172 overall): Jakorian Bennett CB, Maryland
The Giants continue to reinforce their secondary with another cornerback a few rounds after they drafted (Garrett) Williams. Bennett showed off positional versatility at Maryland, playing on the outside, in the nickel, and even at safety depending on the Terps’ opponents’ personnel and formations. That’s thanks to his great football IQ, which has also served to make him very successful with ball production: he had five interceptions and 21 passes defensed in the last two seasons alone. Bennett would be another great outside corner in zone coverage for New York.
Round 6 (No. 209 overall): Grant DuBose WR, Charlotte
After doubling up on secondary help, we flip to the other side of the ball to double up on receiving help. Yes, New York made a ton of moves to bring back players like Sterling Shepard, Slayton, and Hodgins, but they still need extra depth given Shepard’s injury history and second-year Wan’Dale Robinson’s recovery from an ACL tear.
DuBose would bring strong route-running and ball skills to the Giants’ wide receivers room and give them excellent depth at the position moving forward.
Round 7 (No. 240 overall): SirVocea Dennis LB, Pitt
Another double-up at a position of need, Dennis is a strong tackler with a quick trigger that could contribute to the Giants’ special teams immediately. With some development, the Pitt product could be a high-quality rotational linebacker in Wink Martindale’s defense as well.
Round 7 (No. 243 overall): Mohamed Ibrahim RB, Minnesota
Barkley is back for at least another year and so is backup running back Matt Breida. As things stand right now, neither is under contract for next year, so taking a flier on a late-round running back makes sense for New York. Ibrahim is a physical back that plays with great contact balance and vision that makes him fantastic in short-yardage situations
Round 7 (No. 254 overall): Tyson Bagent QB, Shepherd
This is another late-round flier pick for New York. The Giants just signed Jones to a big extension, but they only have one more year left with backup Tyrod Taylor, no third quarterback on the roster, and a potential out after two years if Jones doesn’t live up to his contract.
Bagent is a slept-on quarterback prospect from Division II school Shepherd University with an excellent arm and notable athleticism. He was one of the most impressive quarterbacks at this year’s Senior Bowl, and with development under head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator (and former quarterback) Mike Kafka, Bagent could eventually develop into—at the least—a very solid backup quarterback behind Jones.
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