NY Giants 7-round 2024 Mock Draft: Daniel Jones gets OL help on Day 1

Will the Giants end up with a Penn State star in Round 1?

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NY Giants fourth-round pick: Michigan RB Donovan Edwards

Is Saquon Barkley going to be back in New York next fall? That remains to be seen, but even if he is, New York could stand to draft a quality complement. Eric Gray looked good in his first game action Sunday, but it's still unclear if he can be a lead or complementary back.

Enter Donovan Edwards. Edwards was the complimentary back to Michigan star Blake Corum last fall, but by the end of the season, had a legit claim for being one of the best running backs in college football. Over 2.5 seasons at Michigan, Edwards has 226 rushing attempts for 1,342 yards and 10 touchdowns, with a long of 85.

That 85-yard touchdown sealed Michigan's dominating win over Ohio State in Columbus last November. He had 216 yards and two touchdowns in that game, despite playing on a partially torn patellar tendon. He is a certified dawg.

He also has 593 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in his career. He's off to a slow start in 2023 and has seen limited carries as he recovers from offseason surgeries, but he projects as an elite committee back, the same role he is serving in college already. That role has also limited much of the wear and tear running backs have when they enter the NFL.

Oh, by the way, he can throw, too. He launched a touchdown in the 2022 Big Ten Championship. Put this in the playbook, Brian Daboll.