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Daniel Jeremiah talks potential Giants draft fits

DANIEL-JEREMIAH-HELLMANNS

A lot can and will change between now and April 25, but with the Giants holding the sixth overall pick, it is unlikely we see many big changes at the very top of this year's draft.

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah joined the Giants Huddle podcast in Indianapolis this week to discuss a variety of topics, including the top of his draft board.

"It's really top heavy," the draft analyst said about the top of the draft. "So in other words, I feel great about that group and it probably goes to 10 to 12, 13 in there. I think we do have some drop-off (after that). I think a lot of that is it's a longer discussion in terms of NIL and the lack of juniors that came into the draft and that's going to show up in rounds four through seven. But especially at the top of this draft, I've got three receivers in the top five players in the draft. You start there, that's an impressive group."

Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr., LSU's Malik Nabers and Washington's Rome Odunze find themselves near the top of just about every outlet's draft board after all three were named first-team All-American by the Associated Press.

Harrison is widely considered to be the top wide receiver in this year's draft class, and it is unlikely that he will be on the board for the Giants at No. 6. However, both Nabers and Odunze could certainly be in play for general manager Joe Schoen.

Nabers is coming off a season in which he caught 89 passes for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading the nation in 10+ yard plays, 20+ yard plays and 30+ yard plays. Meanwhile, Odunze brought in 92 passes for 1,640 yards and 13 touchdowns and finished with 100+ yards in 10 of 15 games.

When the Giants are finally on the clock, Schoen's decision could come down to the two standouts from LSU and Washington. If that's the case, Jeremiah knows which prospect he would go with.

"So the way I have it, I have Marvin, and I gave Odunze the same grade I gave Marvin," Jeremiah told the Giants Huddle podcast. "I'm an Odunze guy, so I love Odunze. Then I have right below that, Nabers and (Georgia tight end Brock) Bowers have the same grade for me. I mean, it's a flavor thing. It's whatever you're looking for. Nabers is going to be the run after the catch, this super, super dynamic, explosive. Then with Odunze, you get the catch radius, the contested catches. I think people are going to be surprised how fast he runs, too, by the way. He can roll. He's one of those guys who's got such body control and awareness that he's going to be faster than you. That's how fast he's going to be."

The other two positions that many draft analysts have predicted the Giants will address in recent mock drafts are quarterback and offensive tackle. When it comes to the quarterback position, USC's Caleb Williams, North Carolina's Drake Maye and LSU's Jayden Daniels are on a tier above the rest of the group. Jeremiah believes the Giants would have to trade up into the top 3 in order to land one of those prospects, as the three quarterbacks are likely be taken with the first three picks.

Once you get past the first tier of quarterbacks, you move to a group of prospects that include Michigan's J.J. McCarthy, Oregon's Bo Nix and Washington's Michael Penix Jr. While Jeremiah believes those three could end up being good NFL quarterbacks, the draft analyst said it depends more on where they land than their skillsets.

"They're going to be dependent on who's around them and what's around them, the situation that they have, for them to be successful," said Jeremiah. "Which to a degree every quarterback is obviously, it's going to be dependent on where you go. But I would say the chances for those guys, because of how they can play the game shoulders up, will exceed their physical abilities."

At the end of the day, Jeremiah told the Giants Huddle podcast that he believes the decision at No. 6 could come down to the top wide receivers.

"I'm hopeful for the Giants that they get a chance to get one of those three stud receivers, and we'll see where they go from there," said Jeremiah.

For more information visit Giants.com/podcasts.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his updated ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft.

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