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Make the Case: Two-round draft possibilities


"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 draft week finally here, we're going to take a look into what the experts think the Giants might do with their top two picks in this year's draft.

Let's break down what ESPN's Jordan Reid and Pro Football Focus' Aaron Bloch believe the Giants might do with their first two picks.

First-Round 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)

"Nabers is an electrifying target who would immediately be the go-to target in New York. He finished last season with 1,569 yards and 14 scores, dominating with his route running."

Second-Round Pick: T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa State

Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 189

2023 Stats: 12 games, 44 total tackles (33 solo), 2 interceptions, 7 passes defensed, 3 tackles for loss

Accolades: Third-Team All-American (2023), First-Team All-Big 12 (2023), Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2023), Second-Team All-Big 12 (2022)

"Tampa is a big and physical corner who could help shore up the Giants' pass defense. He had 16 pass breakups over the past two seasons."

Bonus Third-Round Pick: Maason Smith, DT, LSU

"Smith has climbed draft boards this spring, and he'd firm up the interior defensive line in New York next to Dexter Lawrence II. But don't be surprised if Smith goes much higher than this pick."

First-Round 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)

"There is no need to panic and reach for a quarterback in this scenario, and with Jermaine Eluemunor backstopping Evan Neal at right tackle, the Giants take what they do need: a true WR1. Odunze, Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson form one of the league's most promising wide receiver trios, showcasing a blend of youthful talent and immense potential."

Second-Round Pick: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

*(Note - Bloch has the Giants trading pick No. 47 (second-round) and pick No. 107 (fourth-round) to the Carolina Panthers for pick No. 33)

Height: 6-foot-2 | Weight: 214

2023 Stats: 14 games, 4,508 passing yards, 77.4 completion percentage (NCAA single-season record), 45 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions; 54 rush attempts for 234 yards (4.3 avg.) and six touchdowns

Accolades: Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year (2023), William V. Campbell Trophy (2023), First-Team All-Pac-12 (2023), SEC Freshman of the Year (2019); Most career starts for a QB in NCAA history (61)

"With Nix still available at the top of the second round, the Giants seize the opportunity to walk away from this draft with a starting-caliber quarterback who provides them critical optionality at a position that can at best be described as precarious. Nix recorded the lowest turnover-worthy play rate in the nation last season."

Bonus Third-Round Pick: Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

"Giants get a steal here, selecting a versatile defensive back who can play both inside and out. Melton allowed just a 65.7 passer rating last season when targeted and was a stand-out at the NFL scouting combine."

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