2023 NFL Draft: New York Giants
As for the New York Giants, I’ll start by saying this: they are going to pay Daniel Jones. I don’t see any way they don’t. Jones has been excellent in his first season under Brian Daboll and especially so in the Giants’ upset victory over the Vikings in the wildcard round.
But my goodness, can you sign someone for this poor guy to throw to? If you caught my Kenny Golladay jab earlier, you may have picked up on where I’m planning to go here. If you didn’t catch it, I’ll sum it up: he stinks. He made about $18 million this year and had six receptions. I wish that was a typo.
Top Draft Needs: WR, LB, TE
Darius Slayton, Richie James, and Isaiah Hodgins have all performed well for New York in the absence of a true perimeter threat, but getting an elite downfield option needs to be priority number one for the Giants. New York may choose to address this via trade or free agency, but I believe they will also draft one come April. The Giants could double down and also fetch Jones a weapon at the tight end position.
Daniel Bellinger had a solid rookie season, but no one is mistaking him for Travis Kelce out there. While obviously that’s a high bar, this is a Mike Kafka offense (for now) and Kafka served as the passing game coordinator in Kansas City just two seasons ago. Assuming Kafka doesn’t leave for a head coaching opportunity, the Giants may reward him with a new, shiny, high-upside tight end.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants need some new faces in their linebacker room. The lack of depth was obvious over the course of the 2022 season, as the Giants allowed 144.2 rushing yards per game (27th). With a solid DL in place, the Giants could turn that around dramatically in 2023 by drafting off-ball linebacker talent.