NY Giants 2024 NFL mock draft: Explosive playmaker arrives in the first round

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Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) makes a catch during
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) makes a catch during / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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NY Giants second-round pick: Duke OL Graham Barton

There's no denying the Giants need offensive line help. The Giants have drafted seven offensive linemen over the past four drafts and have spent five Top 100 picks on linemen in that span, more than any other team in football.

Only one of those seven picks (Andrew Thomas) is a bonafide NFL starter. Big Blue could use some veteran leadership, but should be open to adding another lineman in the draft early on if the fit makes sense.

It's hard to find an offensive lineman who fits the Giants better in this class than Graham Barton. The 6-5, 314-pounder has been a dominant left tackle over his college career, but ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has him listed as a guard on his recent big board.

That is why he is so intriguing for the Giants. It remains to be seen whether 2022 first-round pick Evan Neal is a viable right tackle. Barton gives New York a Neal insurance policy. Barton can start at guard, and if Neal struggles, he could swap positions with him.

In 496 offensive snaps played in 2023, Barton allowed just two sacks and gave up no quarterback hits.

NY Giants second-round pick: Penn State EDGE Chop Robinson

The Giants need pass-rushing help. Chop Robinson is more than that; he's an every-down player. This would be a dream scenario for Schoen, as Robinson could be a first-round draft pick, but in this case, he falls to the second round.

In each of the last two seasons, Robinson has received a PFF grade higher than 90, which is elite status. In 2022, Robinson recorded 34 hurries, nine hits, five sacks, and two batted balls in 267 pass-rush snaps.

Robinson played just 148 pass-rush snaps in 2023, as he missed time due to an upper-body injury but he still recorded 18 hurries, five hits, three sacks, and a batted ball. Robinson, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, and a veteran free agent addition would be a tremendous group for Daboll.