10 sleepers the NY Giants should target in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Zak Musso
9. Sean Tucker, RB, Syracuse
The New York product would like awesome in blue. Sean Tucker had three phenomenal seasons at Syracuse, where he served as a workhorse back. Despite playing on terrible teams, Tucker was an All-American and First-team All-ACC member in 2021 and a Second-team All-ACC member in 2022.
In his freshmen season, Tucker rushed 137 times for 626 yards and four touchdowns. Tucker ran for 1,496 yards on 246 attempts and scored four rushing touchdowns in his sophomore campaign in 2021. Tucker's 2021 season set the Syracuse single-season rushing record. In his senior season in 2022, the star running back found the endzone 11 times on the ground. He had 1,060 rushing yards on 206 attempts.
Tucker was not medically cleared to participate at the NFL Combine, but was recently cleared, and he had a Pro Day for scouts on Monday. He is currently projected to be a fourth or fifth-round pick. Tucker has a similar playing style to Saquon Barkley, which would make him an ideal backup.
8. Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
Roschon Johnson is a sleeping giant in this year's draft. Johnson was Texas’ backup running back for the majority of his career. For the last three seasons, Johnson backed up Bijan Robinson, who many consider the best running back prospect since Barkley.
Speaking of Barkley, Johnson would be an outstanding backup to the superstar. Unlike the vast majority of the backs in the 2023 draft class, Johnson knows what the role of a backup entails and what it takes to succeed in that role.
He had great production despite playing limited snaps in college. Johnson ran for 649 yards in 2019, 418 in 2020, 569 in 2021, and 554 in 2022. PFF gave Johnson an 88.3 rushing grade and a 90.0 zone grade for the 2022 season, both of which are phenomenal.
Some of his underlying statistics are insane. In 2022, Johnson forced 46 missed tackles, ran for 402 yards after contact, had 9 carries of 15+ yards, and had 4.28 yards after contact per attempt. By the way, Johnson had 10 touchdowns in one game when he was in high school.