After three straight wins and no losses in a four-week stretch between mid-November and mid-December, the New York Football Giants re-entered the playoff race. Big Blue was just one game out of the final NFC playoff spot, and Tommy DeVito Mania was taking over New York City and entering Sunday's game in New Orleans.
The Giants were humbled by the veteran Saints 24-6, and saw both their playoff hopes and DeVito mania come crashing down. The end-of-season push became fun, but it's back to mock draft season. The best-case scenario for New York now is to lose all three games to improve their draft spot.
According to Tankathon, New York currently holds the No. 6 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Here is my latest mock draft.
NY Giants first-round pick: Georgia TE Brock Bowers
Joe Schoen has shown in previous drafts that he will take the best available player, and when the Giants come on the clock in April, that player could be Brock Bowers. Darren Waller is a fantastic talent at tight end and highly productive when on the field, but he cannot be relied upon to stay healthy anymore.
At worst, Bowers and Waller form the league's best tight-end duo. Bowers has hauled in 175 balls through three college seasons for 2,538 yards and 26 touchdowns. He won two National Championships and lost just two college games.
There were rumblings around the NFL that Brian Daboll attempted to pursue Rob Gronkowski out of retirement this spring to join the Giants and form a one-two punch with Waller, so a Bowers pick is not impossible.
Bowers has had an illustrious college career. He's a two-time John Mackey Award winner (recognizes the country's best tight end), 2023 consensus All-American, 2022 first-team All-American, 2021 Second-team All-American, 2021 SEC Freshmen of the Year, and was a three-time first-team SEC member (2021, 2022, 2023).