NY Giants fifth-round pick: Michigan C Drake Nugent
Schmitz has played very well down the stretch and appears to be Big Blue's center of the future. Adding center depth, someone who can develop chemistry with New York's quarterbacks in case Schmitz suffers an injury, like he did this season, is critical.
Nugent isn't just a center, though. He is one of the leaders of Michigan's offense, the No. 1 college football team in the country. The 2023 first-team All-Big Ten member also has versatility. Prior to transferring to Michigan last year, Nugent played four seasons at Stanford. In his freshmen season, he played left guard, and in his sophomore season, he played left tackle before making the switch to the middle of the offensive line for his last three collegiate seasons.
NY Giants sixth-round pick: Alabama S Malachi Moore
Jason Pinnock has developed into an NFL starting safety, but the depth chart behind him in 2024 is murky. Xavier McKinney is a free agent this spring, and the only other safeties on the roster are Dane Belton and Gervarrius Owens, neither of whom profile as starters.
Malachi Moore may not be a starter, but he would add depth to a room that needs it. The Giants have had success in drafting Alabama safeties in the last decade (Landon Collins and McKinney), and it may be worth going back to that well.
In four seasons at Alabama, Moore picked off five passes. The 6'0", 198-pounder is one of the leaders of Alabama's defense and has the considerable game experience that will prepare him for the NFL and playing in New York.