Grading the NY Giants rivals performance in the 2023 NFL Draft

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New York Giants Grade: A

You could make the argument the Giants had the best draft. Unlike the Eagles who drafted for luxury, the Giants drafted for Day 1 starters. Big Blue's first three picks are all guys who can contribute significantly in Week 1, and their fourth pick, running back Eric Gray, will likely backup Saquon Barkley and play a huge role in 2023.

In round one, Schoen drafted Deonte Banks, a freakishly athletic defensive back from Maryland. Schoen traded up to secure the services of Banks, which he deserves a lot of praise for. We have seen too many previous drafts where a team jumps the Giants and drafts the player Big Blue was going to take (none more painful than the 2021 trade between the Eagles and Cowboys which landed DeVonta Smith in Philly, and Micah Parsons in Dallas).

In the second round, Schoen added center John Michael Schmitz, the best interior offensive lineman in the draft. Schmitz is a plug-and-play starter. Jalin Hyatt, who was mocked to the Giants at pick 25 by multiple media members, was Schoen's third-round pick. Schoen traded up to secure the draft rights to the best college football wide receiver in 2023, one who had 207 yards and caught five touchdowns against Nick Saban's Alabama defense.

Schoen also drafted Tre Hawkins III, a very athletic corner in round six, and then added a humongous defensive lineman, Jordon Riley, and a play-making safety, Gervarrius Owens, in round seven. Schoen got three starters, and four impact depth pieces: the exact draft the Giants needed.

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