Day 2 of the NFL Draft was a masterclass from Giants GM Joe Schoen
Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft is in the books and the NY Giants were one of the big winners of the night, landing two more standouts who were in the first-round conversation. Center had been a huge position of need for the Giants, especially after the Jets had snagged Joe Tippmann.
Giants fans were on the edge of their seats waiting, hoping that by some miracle the best overall center prospect in the draft, John Michael Schmitz out of Minnesota, would be there. Fans were begging Joe Schoen to use draft capital to snag him, but he stuck to his guns and at No. 57, JMS heard his name called. Boom.
It has been an NFL Draft to remember for NY Giants GM Joe Schoen
Schmitz, a 6-3, 300-pounder, spents six years in college due to the COVID rules, so he is a bit more polished and has great leverage and excels at using his hands because of the wrestling background he has. For those of you who don't know, Minnesota has one of the best wrestling programs in the nation.
Schoen and Co. were not done by any means heading into the third round. They knew that after adding someone to protect Daniel Jones, they needed to add another weapon for the aerial attack. They did just that, trading up for Jalin Hyatt, a speedster out of Tennessee.
For a while now, Schoen has preached that he wanted to add speed and separation to the wide receivers room. Hyatt ran a 4.4 40-yard dash, has a 40-inch vertical leap, and jumped 11'3" on the broad jump at the NFL Combine. The Giants have added some athletic players this year for sure.
Hyatt can take the top off defenses and has a lot of potential to be great, specifically in this offense under Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka. After making Wink Martindale happy on defense with Deonte Banks in the first round, Daboll and Kafka must be jacked up with Schmitz and Hyatt. Jones has his offensive line coming together, and when he looks out there and sees Hyatt, Isaiah Hodgins, Darren Waller, Wan'Dale Robinson, Parris Campbell, Sterling Shepard and more, his eyes will light up.
Hyatt has a limited route tree, which may be the reason the once thought first-rounder slid to the third. However, the routes he does run are crisp and clean. We expect that Daboll is going to put him in a system that will showcase what he is great at along with having him be able to work with great route-running veterans in Shepard and Jamison Crowder, which will only help his progression. All in all, it was a Day 2 to remember for Schoen. The man keeps making brilliant calls.
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