NY Giants fifth-round pick: Wake Forest S Malik Mustapha
Malik Mustapha is a versatile defensive back who could help the Giants secondary. The 5-11, 207-pounder has 175 tackles, four sacks, and three interceptions in his three-year college career.
In 2023 alone, according to PFF, Mustapha played 327 snaps as a box safety, a hybrid linebacker, 163 as a deep safety, 144 in the slot, 27 on the defensive line, and nine at cornerback. Versatility is necessary for any defender in the Wink Martindale defense, making Mustapha an ideal fit.
NY Giants sixth-round pick: Wisconsin OL Jack Nelson
The Giants have invested so many picks along the offensive line in the early rounds of the NFL Draft, but they would be wise to target one with a high upside in the later rounds. Schoen has found late-round impact players in his first two drafts, so this is certainly no throwaway pick.
The 6-7, 311-pound Jack Nelson has hovered around a starter-quality PFF grade the last three seasons. In 2021, Nelson played the entire season at right guard, but shifted to left tackle in 2022 and played there over the last two seasons.
Nelson was a First-Team all-Big Ten member in 2023. The Big Ten's first-team offensive line was littered with future NFL talent: Nelson (OT), Penn State's Olu Fashanu (OT), Ohio State's Donovan Jackson (OG), Michigan's Zak Zinter (OG), and Michigan's Drake Nugent (C).