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Make the Case: Taking a look at Round 1 options


"Make the Case" is officially back on for the 2024 NFL Draft.

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

With the draft officially kicking off tonight, we're going to take a look at what numerous experts across the NFL landscape think the Giants might do with their top pick in this year's draft.

Here are first-round predictions for the Giants from the following NFL analysts:

Pick: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Height: 6-foot-0 | Weight: 200

2023 Stats: 89 receptions for 1,569 yards (17.6 avg.) and 14 touchdowns. Led the nation in receiving yards per game (120.7), 20-plus yard plays (34) and 30-plus yard plays (17)

Accolades: Unanimous All-American (2023), First-Team All-SEC (2023)

"In this scenario, I think the Giants' selection would come down to Nabers versus Rome Odunze. To me, that's a flip-a-coin decision. Taking Nabers here, New York opts to get more dynamic and explosive. I expect the G-Men to try to make a move up the board for Drake Maye, but I don't think they will be able to pull it off."

Pick: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 215

2023 Stats: 92 receptions for 1,640 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 1,640 receiving yards led the nation.

Accolades: Consensus All-American (2023), 2x First-Team All-Pac-12 (2022, 2023), Third-Team All-American (2022)

"You could make an easy case for either Odunze or Malik Nabers here, but which prospect will the Giants prefer? Odunze is the most well-rounded receiver in this class. He has size, speed, route-running prowess, ball skills and yards-after-catch ability."

Pick: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 223

2023 Stats: 12 games, 3,608 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 63.3 completion percentage; 112 rushing attempts for 449 yards (4.0 avg.) and 9 touchdowns

Accolades: ACC Player of the Year (2022), ACC Offensive Player of the Year (2022), ACC Rookie of the Year (2022), First-Team All-ACC (2022), Second-Team All-ACC (2023)

"Brian Daboll helped Josh Allen in Buffalo and may see a chance to do the same with the toolsy-but-inconsistent North Carolina quarterback. "

Pick: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 209

2023 Stats: 12 games, 67 receptions for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns; two rush attempts for 26 yards and a touchdown

Accolades: 2x Unanimous All-American (2022-23), Fred Biletnikoff Award (2023), Chicago Tribune Silver Football (2023), Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year (2023), Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year (2022-23), 2x First-Team All-Big 10 (2022-23)

"Assuming the Giants don't move up for a quarterback, this is about as good as they could hope for. Many people consider Marvin Harrison Jr. to be the best player in this draft. If Harrison had run even a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at the combine or his pro day, the decision between him and Malik Nabers as the top wide receiver in this draft would be much tougher. But the uncertainty surrounding his speed bumped Harrison down one spot for me."

Pick: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Height: 6-foot-2 | Weight: 219

2023 Stats: 15 games, 2,991 passing yards, 72.3 completion percentage, 22 touchdowns, four interceptions, 202 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns

Accolades: First-Team All-Big Ten (2023), CFP National Champion (2023), Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, Second-Team All-Big Ten (2022)

"McCarthy was 27-1 as a starter, threw 49 touchdowns, is durable and is a great leader. He played great against Alabama and Washington when he had to. McCarthy played great against Illinois in a tough game, too. [Daniel] Jones is a talented player but has had trouble staying healthy and protecting the ball. In this scenario, the New York Giants should be doing backflips because they got the quarterback, and they didn't have to give up anything."

Pick: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Height: 6-foot-8 | Weight: 322

2023 Stats: 12 games, 368 pass block snaps, one sack allowed, five total pressures allowed (stats provided by PFF)

Accolades: Unanimous All-American (2023), First-Team All-American (2022)

"The NFL draft is all about finding players with size, speed and strength who have the IQ to use those traits optimally. That's Joe Alt, and that should spell a top-10 selection as a future long-term tackle."

View Daniel Jeremiah best remaining prospects from his original top 150 ranking in the 2024 NFL Draft.


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