Just how in the heck did this kid not hear his name called in the 2023 NFL Draft? While NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen put in serious work with his seven picks during the draft, he was also busy working the phones in going after undrafted free agents Saturday night too.
One player in particular for Giants fans to keep an eye on is West Virginia wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton. The 6-4, 220-pounder had a fourth-round grade entering the weekend, but somehow didn't get drafted. Schoen saw this and raced to ink him. He did just that and when you take a look at his highlights, you're going to be blown away:
NY Giants WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton has 'big play' written all over him
Great size? Check. Great speed? Check. Fantastic leaping ability? Double check. Ford-Wheaton has it all and the Giants surely weren't the only team trying to sign him after the draft. Ford-Wheaton is the exact kind of outside wideout that the Big Blue offense could be looking for.
The hope was that someone like TCU's Quentin Johnston would be available for the Giants late in the first round, but the Chargers ended up grabbing him. This led to the G-Men going with Deonte Banks with the No. 24 overall pick.
NY did add wide receiver Jalin Hyatt in the third round, but he's a 6-0, 180 pounder. Hyatt isn't the kind of wideout who will be able to leap high into the air and come down with a jumpball thrown by Daniel Jones. Ford-Wheaton sure would be able to, though.
Early on, Ford-Wheaton is easily the most intriguing UDFA that Schoen has been able to come to terms with. People are also excited about north New Jersey product Tommy DeVito, but the signal-caller is a QB3 who will likely end up on the practice squad. With Ford-Wheaton, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him make it out of camp with a spot on the Week 1 roster.