NFL.com's four-round mock draft
We are officially one month out from the 2023 NFL Draft.
NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter recently released a four-round mock draft, where he predicted the Giants take two players on each side of the ball with their first four picks.
Pick for No. 25: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Analysis: "Signing Bobby Okereke was a nice start for the Giants as they fortify their linebacker corps. Simpson can play in the middle or step outside. He offers excellent quickness and is a tenacious tackler."
Simpson played three seasons for the Tigers, totaling 187 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles in his collegiate career.
As a freshman back in 2020, the linebacker amassed four sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in just eight games. He followed that up with six sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss as a junior in 2021.
This past season, Simpson accumulated 77 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles on 616 defensive snaps across 12 games, all of which he started. He earned a selection as Third-Team All-ACC, along with being named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second consecutive year.
Pick for No. 57: Joe Tippmann, IOL, Wisconsin
Tippman saw his first significant action as a redshirt sophomore in 2021, when he played in 11 games with 10 starts at center. He helped block for the No. 2 rushing offense in the Big Ten with an average of 210.9 yards per game.
The 6-foot-6, 317-pound lineman shined in 2022, starting 12 games at center before declaring for the draft and forgoing the Guaranteed Rate Bowl this past December. He allowed just one sack and five total pressures on 338 pass blocking snaps, which helped him earn a selection as All-Big Ten Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season. Tippmann was also an Academic All-Big Ten honoree from 2020-2022 as he majored in Consumer Behavior & Marketplace Studies.
Pick for No. 89: Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
Reed began his collegiate career at Western Michigan, where he caught 56 passes for 797 yards and eight touchdowns across 12 games as a freshman en route to being named Second-Team All-MAC. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound receiver then transferred and played his final three seasons at Michigan State. During his junior campaign in 2021, Reed caught 59 passes for 1,026 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named Second-Team All-Big Ten. He earned the same honor the following year after finishing with 55 receptions for 636 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games.
In addition to his receiving, Reed also found success on special teams. In his four seasons between the two schools, Reed returned 38 punts for 581 yards (15.3 yards per return) and three touchdowns. He earned First-Team All-America honors in 2021 by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as an all-purpose player and was also a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, which recognizes versatile, high-level performers in college football.
Pick for No. 128: Ji'Ayir Brown, S, Penn State
Brown attended Lackawanna College from 2018-19, where he was named the Northeast Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year in his final season there. He then transferred to Penn State and played 13 games in each of the final two seasons. Across the 2021 and 2022 campaigns, the 5-foot-11, 203-pound safety recorded a total of 10 interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, eight passes defensed, 4.5 sacks and nine tackles for loss.
Brown was named Third-Team All-Big Ten in each of his final two seasons at Penn State, and was also named the 2023 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP.
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