NY Giants 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Joe Schoen passes on star QB in first round

Will the Giants go after a star receiver next spring for Daniel Jones?

Nov 18, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers (8) hauls in a
Nov 18, 2023; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Malik Nabers (8) hauls in a / Matthew Dobbins-USA TODAY Sports
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NY Giants second-round pick: Utah EDGE Jonah Elliss

Kayvon Thibodeaux has turned into a star edge rusher, and Azeez Ojulari has a tremendously high ceiling if he can stay healthy. Behind those two, the Giants have no future pieces in their edge department.

You can never have enough pass rushers, and Jonah Elliss has had a tremendous 2023 season. Elliss has recorded 41 total pressures, 26 hurries, and 13 sacks, tied for the fourth most in the country this fall. 

Ellis has the versatility to line up in different spots, which Joe Schoen will love about him. He has taken snaps in the b-gap, over the tackle, outside the tackle, and outside linebacker this season.

NY Giants second-round pick: Oregon WR Troy Franklin

Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson are New York's only long-term wide receiver pieces, so why not add Nabers and Troy Franklin into the fold? That would give New York a young, cheap, speedy wide receivers room.

This season, Franklin has turned his quarterback, Bo Nix, into the Heisman Trophy favorite. Franklin has been targeted 93 times this fall, hauling in 68 of those targets for 1,221 yards, third most in the country, and 13 touchdowns, tied with Harrison Jr. for the second most in college football. Of those 1,221 receiving yards, 499 are after yards after the catch, the 15th most in the country.

It's rare to see a team double up on wide receivers in the first and second rounds (the Broncos did this in 2020, drafting Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler). Still, with an extra second-round pick, it is a very plausible strategy for New York, especially in a loaded WR draft.