Mel Kiper Jr.’s draft grade for the NY Giants will bring fans back to earth

Kiper has given his verdict on how things went for Joe Schoen and Co.
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers poses after being selected by
Apr 25, 2024; Detroit, MI, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers poses after being selected by / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

How did NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen do in the 2024 NFL Draft? Countless people have been praising him for the job he was able to get done, especially with Malik Nabers and Tyler Nubin being his first two picks. 

Schoen was able to attack major positions of need throughout the draft, which people loved to see. Some analysts gave Schoen either an A or A- grade for his work, which fired Giants Nation up. Leave it to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. to calm your excitement a bit, as he gave NY a B for its efforts.

The Giants were able to address several positional needs in the draft

"I would have taken a few other safeties ahead of Tyler Nubin (47) in Round 2, but you can't deny his playmaking ability; he had 13 career interceptions for the Golden Gophers. Dru Phillips (70) is a late riser who played a lot of slot coverage snaps in his career. With Darren Waller's future up in the air, I liked the pick of Theo Johnson (107) early on Day 3. He's my fourth-ranked tight end in the class. This is a small class, but all four of the Giants' top selections should have significant roles this season. Nabers might end up being the most-targeted player on the team."

Mel Kiper Jr.

Kiper makes some good points there. For starters, we loved the Nabers and Nubin selections. Nabers has finally provided this team with a WR1, while Nubin will step in to replace standout safety Xavier McKinney, who is now with the Green Bay Packers. 

A major concern some folks have, though, is that the Giants didn’t draft any offensive linemen or defensive linemen. On top of that, Schoen and the front office tried to move mountains to trade up for the No. 3 overall pick to grab Drake Maye, but no dice.

Now, the G-Men will enter the season with Daniel Jones as their QB1, but his future with the team could not be more unclear. Some fans are already scouting 2025 QBs for the Giants, with some mock drafts even linking Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders with Big Blue

The late-round picks were a bit questionable too, but Schoen clearly saw something in both running back Tyrone Tracy Jr. and linebacker Darius Muasau. Soon enough, we’ll find out how this class as a whole performs, but for now, Kiper has the group with a solid overall grade of a B, which isn’t quite as stellar as some would have asked for.