5 middle-round prospects the NY Giants should target in the NFL Draft

These mid-round studs can make a difference for NY in 2024 and beyond

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1. USC WR Brenden Rice

Given all of the rumors surrounding what the Giants may or may not do with the No. 6 overall pick, it's hard to tell what the final outcome will be. In the scenario where they opt not to draft a receiver in the first round, it's very likely that Schoen and company look to Day 2 to find their new pass-catcher. With the family history Brenden Rice has, it seems like he may be destined for greatness and the Giants may want to capitalize on this.

Being the son of arguably the greatest wide receiver the NFL has ever seen in Jerry Rice, the younger Rice has received a fair amount of hype heading into the draft and we can see why. He's not the craziest athlete in this draft class, but he's one of the best route runners and has some pretty impressive open-field abilities for his size.

The USC product caught 45 passes for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. Not only did he work as a deep threat, but his intermediate route game is very sharp as well. In addition to this, Brenden Rice also racked up 234 yards after catch and worked as a kickoff/punt returner as well.

His limited explosiveness and top speed may limit his potential in the NFL, but Brenden Rice projects to be a high-floor, immediate-impact player. Considering that he's currently projected to go anywhere from the second to third rounds, this is very impressive and something Schoen needs to add to this offense if receiver is not addressed by Day 2 of the draft.

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