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If you would’ve told me the New York Giants would be a playoff team at the beginning of last season I probably would’ve laughed. Fast forward and first year head coach Brian Daboll accomplished just that and now has a bright outlook on the 2023-24 season. Last year’s draft yielded good results for New York and they now go into draft weekend looking for the next crop of contributors for their young squad.
Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College
T.J. Bass, Guard, Oregon
Nic Jones, CB, Ball State
The Giants showed last season that age is nothing but a number when you have talent. They now have to spread that talent out to become a more complete team and compete in a tough division and conference.
Last season saw the receiver room plagued by injury, which forced the Giants to go to a “receiver by committee” system in a sense. Drafting a solid player such as Zay Flowers out of Boston College would give them a young number one option, and another cornerstone to build on. Flowers has been wildly productive in his college career, showcasing elite traits. His 15.9 yards per reception and 102 QB rating when targeted show his ability to elevate an offense when he is on the field. The BC standout had elite ball carrier vision and speed in the open field, and is an above average route runner. Getting Flowers will stabilize the receiver room and also help continue the development of Daniel Jones.
Getting a receiver is good but New York needs to shore up their offensive front as well, specifically the interior line. T.J. Bass is a player that could get a look on Day 2. The Oregon guard is one of the headiest lineman in the draft class. His ability to snuff out stunts and get to the second level is borderline elite. He is a bit raw but under good coaching could turn into a Pro Bowl caliber offensive lineman at the next level.
The Giants have a good stable of defensive backs but could still use an infusion of young talent. Ball State’s Nic Jones can be just that. Jones has ideal size for the position and possess the instincts to play in zone or man coverage. He has excellent scheme versatility and can cover both inside or outside receivers. As a late round pick he offers great value to a team on the rise.
New York is a team that is a piece or two away from being a playoff perennial contender. This draft could contain those very pieces and if navigated correctly could yield great results.