With the way this season has gone, the NY Giants are currently looking at having a Top 5 pick in this year's draft. Many fans want the team to select a quarterback with said pick, and while this may be the right decision, nothing is set in stone yet.
The 2024 NFL Draft is full of talent whether it be at quarterback, wide receiver, offensive line, or defense. Regardless of what position the Giants take, they're more likely than not going to earn a top-notch player.
Considering all the uncertainty surrounding whether or not Joe Schoen is going to take a QB this year, we want fans to be up-to-date on some of the other top-tier players from this class. So with that in mind, here are five first-round prospects not named Caleb Williams or Drake Maye that the Giants could target:
5. EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA
With the inconsistencies that come with Azeez Ojulari, both on the field and with health, it may be time for the Giants to consider moving on from him. If they opt to go in this direction, there may be no better option than Laiatu Latu out of UCLA.
Through 11 games this college season, Latu has racked up 14 sacks, 62 pressures, 36 tackles, and three forced fumbles. Not only is Latu arguably the best pass rusher in the draft class, but his skill set and playstyle would fit perfectly with the Giants. His elite instincts, deep pass rush bag, and speed are all the ingredients for an elite pass rusher.
His length and athleticism may not be as elite as previous top picks at the position, but his skill set will easily make up for this at the NFL level. His injury history could be a concern, but he's yet to miss a game in two seasons and has been dominant each year. Depending on how the board falls prior to the Giants' pick, Latu could very well be their guy.
Pairing Latu next to Kayvon Thibodeaux could very well make for a top edge-rushing duo in the NFL. New York already has the pieces, so adding Latu may be the glue for what could become an elite pass-rushing unit as a whole.