The NY Giants are about to embark on their most critical part of the offseason: evaluating talent for the NFL Draft. The team currently has seven picks for April's draft, including the No. 6 overall selection. They happen to have four picks in the Top 70, which could be used to select top talent within the first three rounds or as capital to trade up if they so choose.
Hitting on mid-late level draft picks has been a struggle for the Giants in recent years. They've done slightly better since Joe Schoen arrived, such as the rise of Micah McFadden (fifth round pick in 2022) and the potential with Jalin Hyatt (third round pick last year).
As the Giants head into a crucial Year 3 with the same regime, they need impact players at key positions, including wide receiver. Ricky Pearsall, who tore it up at Senior Bowl practices, would be a great fit for the Giants offense.
Ricky Pearsall would be an ideal fit for the NY Giants offense
Pearsall began his collegiate career at Arizona State and played there from 2019-2021. He transferred to Florida for the 2022 season and played with the Gators for two years, establishing himself as a walking-highlight reel with spectacular catches such as this one this past season against Charlotte:
In two years with the Gators, Pearsall, who didn't play in the Senior Bowl game, racked up 98 catches for 1,626 yards and nine touchdowns on 16.6 yards per catch. He was also able to add 11 carries for 175 yards and three touchdowns in that span. Standing at 6-1, 200 pounds, Pearsall is a tough cover, being a superb route runner while also being labeled a deep threat (averaged 20 yards per catch in 2022).
He's able to create separation with ease while working primarily out of the slot, but he can also split out wide when need be and he does it well. Pearsall has great hands, is strong at creating yards after the catch and has a knack for making ridiculous catches.
Pearsall will be 24 years old when Week 1 rolls around, so he'll be a little older for a rookie. However, his versatility is something to watch for the Giants, as they certainly wouldn't mind another dynamic playmaker on their roster.
Pearsall's draft projection before Senior Bowl practices started was a Day 3 pick, but his stock definitely rose after a great week. The Giants (for now) have three picks on Day 2 and if they don't end up selecting a wide receiver at No. 6 overall, Pearsall could be a nice option for them once Friday, April 26 rolls around.