To the dismay of many, October mock drafts are back. The New York Football Giants are just 1-4, have the league's worst point differential (-91), and have one of the league's most difficult schedules, slated to face the entire AFC East and NFC West. Those are all very tough problems to overcome. New York will likely be picking very high, yet again, in April.
Here is my 2024 NY Giants mock draft, which includes first-round offensive line help for Daniel Jones. As a reminder, New York only has six draft picks; their seventh-rounder was traded to Arizona for Isaiah Simmons.
NY Giants first-round pick: Penn State OT Olumuyiwa Fashanu
I am not the biggest fan of the Giants drafting another offseason lineman early with how much they have already invested in the position with premium picks. There are also constant struggles in Year 1 for linemen, no matter how good the prospect is. Olumuyiwa Fashanu, however, is an outlier. He is way too good not to take.
The Penn State product has not allowed a sack in his career. Across 933 snaps, all at left tackle, the 6-6, 319-pounder has allowed just eight pressures, seven hurries, and one hit. He would've been a first-round pick if he came out last year, but he opted to return to chase a National Championship.
If the Giants draft Fashanu, they can move Evan Neal inside, which will take a lot of pressure off him and potentially unlock him. Here's what ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. recently said about Fashanu in his recent 2024 Big Board.
"In any other class -- a class without (Caleb) Williams and (Marvin) Harrison -- he'd be the easy pick as the No. 1 overall prospect. That's what kind of talent he has. Fashanu has the size, footwork and physical traits teams want in a high-end left tackle. He moves effortlessly and with urgency, getting his hands on second-level defenders with ease."- Mel Kiper Jr.
He also noted that he doesn't turn 21 until December and could potentially earn an Orlando Pace-level grade. Sign us up!