As we get closer to the end of the 2023 campaign, there's no question the focus will begin to shift to the upcoming NFL Draft. Although for the NY Giants, and especially for many fans, draft season began a long time ago.
Once the Giants started out their season at 1-5, many started prospect searching and looking at mock draft boards. The main focus for many Giants supporters was looking at who might be the next quarterback to replace Daniel Jones. His neck injury in Miami followed by the season-ending ACL injury in Las Vegas didn’t help Jones’ cause to have the fans want him to stay here.
At one point, the Giants had the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. As the Giants won a few games late in the season, they dropped in the draft rankings. By the end of the regular season, the Giants finished at 6-11 and with the No. 6 overall pick.
Some fans thought that the Giants won meaningless games because it took them out of the first three picks, which are the prime spots for Caleb Williams, Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels. However, that doesn’t mean the Giants aren’t walking away from the draft without a quarterback, like they do in this next mock draft:
NY Giants first-round pick: LSU WR Malik Nabers
Ever since the Giants ended the season with the No. 6 overall pick, LSU wideout Malik Nabers has been the popular pick amongst many around the league who do mock drafts. Is his future in the NFC East with the G-Men?
Nabers makes a lot of sense for the Giants, as they land a bonafide No. 1 wide receiver who dominated the college scene in 2023 and is considered the second best wide receiver in the draft behind Marvin Harrison Jr.
Nabers’ 2023 season surpassed anything any Giants wide receiver produced, as he had 86 receptions for 1,546 yards and 14 touchdowns. Giants fans haven’t seen those kinds of numbers since Odell Beckham Jr. was in town. Oddly enough, Beckham is the last Giants receiver to have a 1,000-plus yard season receiving for the Giants, which was back in 2018.
With the first three quarterbacks gone by the time the Giants are picking, Nabers is a very good consolation prize. Although, the next question the anti-Daniel Jones brigade will ask is, “who will be throwing Nabers the ball?”
Good question to ask. The Giants might answer it with the next pick.