NY Giants fifth-round pick: USC WR Brenden Rice
When you think of the last name Rice, and also think of the wide receiver position, Jerry Rice is immediately the first person many think of. So, why not try to draft the son of the greatest wide receiver who ever lived and played in the league with USC wideout Brenden Rice?
Brenden Rice is slightly bigger than his father is, as the younger Rice is 6-3 and 212 pounds, whereas his father was about 6-2 and about 200 pounds. Brenden Rice, though, will have some tough shoes to fill given how dominating his dad was, especially with the San Francisco 49ers.
With the likely departures of both Sterling Shepard and Parris Campbell, the Giants will definitely need to add depth to the wide receivers room. The Giants will continue to use Jalin Hyatt and Wan’Dale Robinson, so having the young Rice sprinkled in to get himself accustomed to the NFL life with them wouldn’t be a bad thing.
In his senior year at USC, Brenden Rice caught 45 balls for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers would be welcomed with open arms in East Rutherford.
NY Giants sixth-round pick: Washington EDGE Zion Tupuola-Fetui
The Giants need pass-rushers. They have Kayvon Thibodeaux, who led the Giants with 11.5 sacks in 2023. They also have Lawrence up the middle. But, the Giants need more, especially since they have had a hard time relying on Azeez Ojulari. So, with their sixth-round pick, they take Washington edge-rusher Zion Tupuola-Fetui.
The Huskies senior had 16 total tackles at Washington and had 3.5 sacks in 2023, which might not jump out at anyone. But, as we saw in the clip above, his strength as a pass-rusher is his continued pursuit of the quarterback and chasing after the ball.
That was also future first-round pick Caleb Williams that Tupuola-Fetui was chasing after and sacking as well in the clip too. Getting after high-profile quarterbacks is a good thing to do when you’re in college, as there are plenty of big-name quarterbacks in the NFL for him to chase after, and with Thibodeaux and Lawrence drawing so much attention from opponents, that is where he could be of use.