After a difficult 2023 season for the New Giants and in particular, on offense, Joe Schoen knows the pressure is on to nail his decision with the No. 6 overall pick. With reports that quarterback Daniel Jones is expected to be the Giants Week 1 starter in 2024 after an injury-shortened season this past year, it should be on the table for Scheon and the NY front office to target either a wide receiver or an offensive lineman.
After finishing 2023 29th in total offense and 31st in pass yards per game, all that can change if the Giants shift their gears in addressing their offensive issues. That's why this week's mock draft roundup features wide receivers and offensive linemen from analysts and experts:
Giants mock draft roundup: Big Blue goes with either a WR or OL at No. 6 overall
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Media: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
It seems like for a while now, the Giants have not had a number-one wide receiver. Their leading receiver this past campaign was Darius Slayton, who had just 770 yards. That cannot be sustainable. That is why Daniel Jeremiah has the Giants taking wide receiver Malik Nabers with their first-round pick out of LSU. Jeremiah calls Nabers the most explosive wide receiver in the NFL Draft and if he continues to play like he did in college into the NFL, he could be a huge addition for the G-Men on offense.
Dan Brugler, The Athletic: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Just like Nabers, Rome Odunze would have an instant impact on the Giants offense. During his tenure with the Washington Huskies, Odunze had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2022 and 2023 and had a career-high 13 touchdowns this past season. Dan Brugler even said that he is a quarterback-friendly target and if that's the case, the Giants could hit a home run if they draft Odunze for Jones.
Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
The Giants have had problems on the offensive line for many years now and last campaign was no different. They led the NFL by a wide margin with 85 sacks allowed and that's why if the Giants don't target a wide receiver, they might go the O-line direction. And that's why targeting a guy like Taliese Fuaga may be a smart move by the Giants come April in the draft. Lance Zierlein calls him one of the finest pass protectors in this draft and after Evan Neal's struggles last season, Fuaga could give the Giants flexibility on the offensive line.
Trevor Sikkema, Pro Football Focus: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
Just like Fuaga, the Giants offensive line can be vastly improved if they draft tackle Joe Alt out of Notre Dame. Alt stands at 6-7 and weighs 322 pounds and is listed as the possible first tackle off the board in the draft. Despite only playing left tackle for the Irish, Trevor Sikkema sees Alt as a very natural athlete who possesses the coordination to play on the other side of the offensive line if needed. It's something for the Giants to take note of when they make their important first-round pick.