NY Giants make Daniel Jones quite happy in Mel Kiper Jr.'s first 2024 NFL Mock Draft

The NFL Draft guru has the Giants linked with an SEC speedster

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Yes, we know that a lot of you reading this are hoping NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen trades up into the Top 3 to draft a star quarterback for the future. Sorry, folks, but there's a strong chance Schoen sticks with Daniel Jones for 2024 and beyond.

If that's the case, then one of the top priorities for Schoen this offseason is to improve the weapons for Jones to work with. This is something ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has in mind for late April. On Tuesday, the NFL Draft guru dropped his first mock draft for 2024 and he has the G-Men rocking with LSU wideout Malik Nabers, who has been linked to NY quite a bit at No. 6. The same can be said for Washington's Rome Odunze.

Mel Kiper Jr. thinks the Giants will pick Malik Nabers No. 6 overall

"I keep coming back to getting Jones more help, as he has never played with a true No. 1 wide receiver. Nabers could be that. He's coming off an 89-catch, 1,569-yard season catching passes from Jayden Daniels, and he has a rare combination of speed and route-running ability. He led the FBS with 17 catches of 30-plus yards. The Giants had just 15 total 30-plus yard receptions last season, five of which were from rookie third-rounder Jalin Hyatt."

Mel Kiper Jr.

One thing Kiper noted with the No. 6 pick is that due to the Giants allowing a league-high 85 sacks, he could also see Schoen going with either offensive tackle Joe Alt or OT Olu Fashanu. However, despite the glaring need for offensive line help, he still likes Nabers being the pick and becoming the WR1 both Jones and the Giants as a whole so desperately need.

While Wan'Dale Robinson showed flashes at the end of the season and Darius Slayton was pretty dang reliable, this team needs a superstar wideout, period. Since the days of Odell Beckham Jr., there's been no bonafide stud at WR for Big Blue.

Kenny Golladay was a nightmare and Kadarius Toney was one of the worst first-round picks of the last decade. Darren Waller was brought in to be the No. 1 pass-catcher for Jones, but his hamstring kept giving him issues and he couldn't stay on the field. Nabers has all the attributes to be an elite playmaker in the NFL. If Kiper likes him, then hey, so do we.