Round 2, Pick 57: Minnesota OL John Michael Schmitz
Many mock drafts had Schmitz going to the Giants at No. 25 overall. Getting him at 57 is an absolute heist. Schmitz is the best center in the 2023 draft. PFF graded the Minnesota product as the top center in college football last season. His 2022 campaign was nothing short of spectacular, which led to him being named an All-American and First-Team Big Ten member.
Schmitz will start immediately for the Giants, which will plug one of the biggest holes on the team. The Giants now have three young offensive lineman in Schmitz, Evan Neal, and Andrew Thomas who will be on the team for the long run. Finding a Day 1 starter, especially one who is a first-round talent on Day 2, is great business. The league will regret letting Schmitz fall to the G-Men.
With his blue-collar mentality, Schmitz really is going to fit in quite well with the rest of the offensive unit. He wasted no time winning over the fanbase on Twitter shortly after he was selected in the second round. With the losses of Nick Gates and Jon Feliciano in free agency, Schoen knew he needed to get a stud center before the draft ended. He did just that with JMS.