The 2024 NFL Draft is still a ways away, but the NY Giants need to be on top of their scouting if they want to select the right player by the time the first round gets here. It's always difficult to tell whether a player will be good or not by the time they make their NFL debut. However, it always feels like there are a few players every year who feel like it's almost guaranteed that they won't pan out.
These five players may not necessarily be bad on the field, but with the Giants picking at No. 6 overall, they can't afford to waste the selection on a player as questionable as these guys. There are few guaranteed stars or busts in this draft, but these prospects have more negative traits than others, making it hard to root for them to be drafted by Big Blue so early:
5. EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA
This is a pretty solid draft class in terms of pass-rushers and Laiatu Latu is one of the best at his position in the entire nation. Despite this, if the Giants are presented with the opportunity to draft him, we think it may be best to pass for a few reasons.
For starters, you could make the real argument that Dallas Turner out of Alabama is the better prospect. But, to be more realistic, Latu has some serious medical concerns and with the Giants' injury luck, they may not want to gamble on him.
Latu may have played 12 games in 2023, but just two seasons ago, he suffered a neck injury that caused him to medically retire for a short period prior to returning. While he has been incredibly productive in his two seasons since coming back, if that neck injury is reaggravated, who knows how much time he'll have to miss.
The upside is absolutely there for Latu, as he is an incredible player who's coming off a season in which he racked up 15 sacks and 63 pressures, but the Giants may be hesitant to take such a risk when they're in the position to take a potentially franchise-altering player.