We are now just two days away from the first round of the NFL Draft arriving and people can't wait for NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen to be on the clock. The Giants currently sit at pick No. 25 and will look to add some value to the squad without having to force a need.
In this piece, we take a look at the two biggest areas of need for the Giants - corner and wide receiver. Both positions are deep in this draft, so if the Giants don't take one of the positions at No. 25, then they could always potentially double back for the other position at No. 57 or even in the third round to find either a starter or at least an immediate contributor.
NY Giants GM Joe Schoen has a huge NFL Draft on the way
The GIants currently have 10 cornerbacks listed on the roster, with the oldest being Amani Oruwariye and Adoree' Jackson, both at 27 years old. After those two, the group is a bit void of talent. Street free agents Nick McCloud and Zyon Gilbert were forced into action last year and while McCloud at times flashed a bit of potential, he also found himself missing tackles and being targeted often. Third-year corners Rodarius WIlliams and Aaron Robinson were oft injured and when they were available, they were at the bottom of the rotation.
The Giants do have fourth-year corner Darnay Holmes, but he hasn't impressed the way people might have hoped. Holmes might find himself out of a job if he can't take a step forward in his game. The Giants love the potential of 2022 mid-round pick Cordale Flott and would love to add an instant impact player to the group this week as well.
Jackson is in the last year of his deal, so the Giants may look to either add a corner that can be a good CB across from him should the Giants decide to re-sign him, or someone who could take over for him if they decide to move on from him after this year.
Meanwhile at wide receiver, one could argue that the talent in the WR room has more talent except for the fact that about half of them come with injury concerns, including the one and only Sterling Shepard. Shepard is coming off back-to-back season-ending injuries, including tearing his ACL in 2022.
Schoen has preached since the beginning of the offseason that he will take speed and separation over a bigger body. To that point, the Giants drafted Wan'Dale Robinson last spring, re-signed Darius Slayton, and brought in Parris Campbell, Jeff Smith and veteran Jamison Crowder.
If the Giants go corner at pick No. 25 the two most often linked names for them have been Deonte Banks, the corner out of University of Maryland, and Emmanuel Forbes, the corner out of Mississippi State. Banks checks in at 6-0, 197 pounds.
He had a breakout season for the Terps and even though his stats might not jump off the charts, his athleticism sure does. He ran a 4.35 40, jumped 42 inches on the vert, and over 11 inches on the broad jump.
If the Giants want a corner with production, then look no further then Forbes, a 6-1, 166-pounder. Forbes was no stranger to making head-turning plays, as he set an SEC and FBS record with his six pick-sixes during his career. That's an incredible accomplishment.
From our chair, Banks and Forbes would be the most-likely corners. For receivers, two names that continue to be linked to the G-Men are USC's Jordan Addison and Boston College's Zay Flowers. Addison was a Biletnikoff Winner with Pitt, who closed out his career with the Trojans. Last season, he caught 59 balls for 875 yards and eight touchdowns.
As for Flowers, he saw his NFL Draft stock explode after a fantastic showing at the NFL Combine. Flowers put on about 13 pounds of muscle too this offseason, which impressed scouts. He posted 78 receptions for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2022.
With all of that said, who would you pick at No. 25? If Banks and Addison were on the board, would you go CB or WR? This is a tough call that very well might have to be made by Schoen on Thursday night once the G-Men are up.