It's only early November, but the New York Giants 2023 season is over. Any sliver of hope the Giants had was destroyed on Sunday afternoon as Big Blue fell 30-6 to the Raiders in Las Vegas. Just five days after firing Josh McDaniels, the Raiders, led by Giants legend Antonio Pierce and fourth-round rookie Aidan O'Connell, crushed New York in all phases of the game.
Even worse for New York than the loss, Daniel Jones suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Jones received a four-year, $160 million extension in March, but will end the year with just 909 passing yards, three total touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Jones was awful when on the field, which was not often, as he also missed three games with a neck injury. The Giants will likely lose most or all their remaining games and end up with one of the top picks in the 2024 draft. Given Jones' injury and ability concerns, Big Blue will almost certainly take a quarterback with that pick. Here is my latest NY Giants seven-round mock draft:
NY Giants first-round pick: USC QB Caleb Williams
If the season ended today, New York would have the fourth pick in the draft. If they have the fourth pick on draft night, Joe Schoen won't play around; he will trade up to secure his guy, just like he did to get Deonte Banks in the 2023 NFL Draft.
If the Cardinals hold the first pick, they will look to trade it, as the belief is they prefer to build around Kyler Murray. It would likely cost a 2024 first, a 2024 second, a 2025 first, and more, but it would be worth it to get Caleb Williams.
There is also a realistic chance the Giants end up with the No. 1 pick, considering they will not be playing with an NFL-caliber QB for the rest of 2023. That is the assumption I made in this simulation.
Williams is a dual-threat quarterback who makes otherworldly plays. He is a can't-miss generational prospect who will be the top pick in the draft. He has drawn comparisons to Patrick Mahomes for a reason.
USC has underperformed in 2023, but that is due to their horrendous defense, not the play of Williams. He ranks first in the FBS in passing touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (38), points responsible for (232), and is second in passing yards (2,958). The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner also has a 70 percent completion rate to just four interceptions. He is a true superstar and could have an Andrew Luck-level impact in his rookie season.