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Giants Now: Big Blue among ESPN's perfect draft fits


Big Blue named among ESPN's perfect draft fits

Joe Schoen and the Giants know that it's too early to truly judge the Giants' seven-man draft class.

ESPN's Matt Miller and Jordan Reid recently put together their list of the best picks, worst reaches and favorite fits from the 2023 NFL Draft, where each of the Giants' first three picks were praised.

Starting with first-round selection Deonte Banks, Reid listed the cornerback as his favorite prospect-to-team fit in the entire draft.

"It shouldn't be surprising to see defensive coordinator Wink Martindale give GM Joe Schoen a big hug during ESPN's live telecast of this pick; Banks is the perfect cornerback for his man-to-man scheme," wrote Reid. "He's big and aggressive but also has the poise to remain hip-to-hip throughout routes with receivers. The Maryland cornerback landed in a scheme that's tailor-made for his skill set."

The Giants were chosen by both analysts in the favorite fits section, as Miller selected the team's second-round pick, offensive lineman John Michael Schmitz, as his perfect fit.

"The middle of the line needed an upgrade, and Minnesota's Schmitz is the perfect fit given his mobility and accuracy blocking in space and on the move," Miller said. "He'll be a plug-and-play upgrade with Creed Humphrey-like early-impact potential."

Additionally, wide receiver Jalin Hyatt was also named by Miller as the best value pick in Round 3.

"Outside of Detroit's Hooker pick (which I mentioned earlier), I really liked the Hyatt pick for the Giants in Round 3," Miller stated. "The Tennessee wideout was a top-30 player on my board and lands in an ideal situation with Mike Kafka and Brian Daboll running the offense. They love vertical speed players."

With this sort of praise, it should come as no surprise that the Giants earned high marks from experts for their 2023 draft class.

View photos of the Giants' draft picks touring the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

View photos of the New York Giants' seven-member draft class.


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