The New York Giants surprised many in the 2022 season. How should they approach the 2023 NFL Draft? Is help on the way for Daniel Jones? The Giants were one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 NFL season, and it was because of their excellent coaching.
Now heading into their second season under the current regime, the Giants will look to build off of their success in 2022.
However, I do think extending Daniel Jones was a awful idea, especially for the cost, and I’m not so sure offering an injury prone running back a second contract is a smart idea.
The Giants are still rebuilding their roster, and I think would benefit more from trading Saquon Barkley than extending him.
Anyway, it’s clear that they are in a position to win now, and I’d bet that they attack the 2023 NFL Draft aggressively. The NFC is quite weak and the Giants might be a safe bet to make the playoffs again in 2023 if they have a solid draft.
New York Giants’ Mock Draft: Giving Daniel Jones some help
25th overall: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
One thing that I don’t dislike about the current receiving core for the New York Giants is that it is pretty deep. All of Isaiah Hodgins, Parris Campbell, Darius Slayton, Jamison Crowder, and Sterling Shepard are solid players. The depth is no question, but they need to find a true WR1 for this unit, and Hyatt could be that guy.
57th overall: Cody Mauch, OT, North Dakota State
Even though he is listed as an offensive tackle, Mauch might make a name for himself on the offensive interior, and with two solid tackles in Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal, the Giants shoring up their interior can give them a solid situation along the OL.
89th overall: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
The Saquon Barkley situation is interesting. If I were the Giants, I’d trade him. I disliked the extension they handed out to Daniel Jones, and I don’t think paying an injury prone running back in Barkley is a smart idea. Getting a solid insurance policy in Zach Evans might be a smart move.
128th overall: Carrington Valentine, CB, Kentucky
The Giants could use a boost in their secondary. Adoree’ Jackson is a fine cornerback, but there isn’t a ton behind him, so Valentine might make a ton of sense in the mid-rounds.
160th overall: Andrew Vorhees, OG, USC
172nd overall: Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU
209th overall: Keaton Mitchell, RB, East Carolina
240th overall: Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville
243rd overall: Marshon Ford, TE, Louisville
254th overall: Charlie Thomas, LB, Georgia Tech
The most interesting selection I made here in the late rounds was Malik Cunningham, a QB from Louisville. Brian Daboll has a solid track record of QB development thus far, and what happens if the team cools on Daniel Jones in two years? Could they pivot to Cunningham? Maybe.