10 sleepers the NY Giants should target in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Zak Musso
4. Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan
I’ve written about Olusegun Oluwatimi on this website more than any other draft prospect. It continues to befuddle me. Lance Zierlein projects Oluwatimi as a fifth-round pick. No center was better than Oluwatimi during the college football season in 2022, and it wasn’t even close. Oluwatimi anchored a Michigan offensive line that dominated every defensive line they played in 2022, including Ohio State and TCU.
For his outstanding 2022 season, Oluwatimi was awarded the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football. He also was awarded the Remington Trophy given to the nation's best center. So why is he a fifth rounder and not a Day 2 pick? If he is available on Day 3, I would be sprinting to the podium to announce it.
3. Ricky Stromberg, C, Arkansas
In NFL.com’s latest seven-round mock draft, analyst Chad Reuter has Rocky Stromberg being selected in the seventh round. That would be a steal for any franchise. Stromberg started at left guard and right guard during his freshmen season. He then transitioned to center and played the position for Arkansas for the last three seasons. In those three campaigns, the center gave up just four sacks and three hurries.
NFL next-gen stats gave Stromberg the highest center athleticism score at the 2023 NFL Combine and scored him as the third-best center overall. NFL.com’s prospect ranking graded Stromberg as 6.22, which according to their grading scale, means they “will eventually be an average starter.” Big Blue can get an average starter in round seven? Schoen will take that.