4 players the NY Giants should target with the No. 5 overall pick

The Giants will have to start thinking about what to do with their first-round pick

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1. OL Olu Fashanu - Penn State

One of the prospects making the most sense for the New York Giants is Penn State offensive lineman Olu Fashanu, who is considered one of the best prospects in this class and will likely be a Top 5 pick in the draft. In 12 games and 382 pass-blocking snaps this season, the junior tackle has not allowed any sacks, earning him a 78.8 player grade on Pro Football Focus.

The 6-6, 319-pound left tackle demonstrates precise footwork and body positioning, which has allowed him to become college football's best pass-protector in 2023. Fashanu has helped lead the Nittany Lions to a 10-2 record and a Peach Bowl matchup with Ole Miss. We can expect Olu to be a valuable asset on whichever team he joins next season and for the Penn State lineman to carry his collegiate success to the professional level.

The Giants have drafted offensive linemen twice with their first-round picks in the last few years in Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal and even took center Jon Michael Schmitz in the second round last year. Yet, the position continues to be a consistent concern for the team. Big Blue fans are starting to wonder if the organization plans to use another pick in the early rounds on an offensive lineman, which this front office will likely be interested in exploring again.

Something to keep in mind is that both Fashanu and Alt are left tackles, and right tackle is the position the Giants need more help with at the moment. Alternative options for the G-Men could be JC Latham or Amarius Mims. When the Giants tried to convert Neal to right tackle after playing mainly on the left side at Alabama, it didn't turn out the best for either side, which we saw this season. That said, we will have to wait and see what the Giants decide to do during the draft and how they prepare their roster to bounce back in 2024.

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