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Giants Now: Field Yates' first mock draft predictions


ESPN's Field Yates releases his first mock draft predictions

With the start of the new league year less than one month away, we are officially in mock draft season.

ESPN's Field Yates, an NFL insider who spent two seasons with the Chiefs' scouting and coaching staffs and interned for four summers with the Patriots, recently released his inaugural 2024 mock draft.

In his first prediction for how Round 1 of the draft will play out, Yates has the Giants selecting LSU wide receiver Malik Nabers at No. 6.

"The Giants can land the most explosive player in the draft with Nabers, the former LSU star who plays at a warp speed that no defender can match. This would provide a huge boost to a Giants offense that had the second-fewest passing yards in the NFL last season and just 44 passing plays of 20-plus yards (better than just six other teams in the league).

"Nabers is a massive play waiting to happen, both with his vertical speed to stretch the field on deep shots and with his run-after-catch ability. He averaged 120.7 yards per game last season and caught 14 TDs. Daniel Jones needs that kind of production outside."

Nabers put together his second consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2023, finishing with 1,569 receiving yards.

The 6-foot-0, 200-pound wideout brought in 72 passes for 1,017 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore last year. He followed that up with a dominant campaign that saw him lead the FBS in receiving yards and rank No. 2 in receiving touchdowns at the conclusion of the regular-season while racking up 89 receptions. 

Nabers led the country this past season in 10+ yard plays, 20+ yard plays and 30+ yard plays, and finished his collegiate career as LSU's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.

He was named Unanimous All-American and First-Team All-SEC for his standout 2023 campaign.

Nabers, who doesn't turn 21 until July 28, is the second-youngest player in Yates' first-round mock draft (Clemson cornerback Nate Wiggins turns 21 on August 28).

View photos of every NFL player selected with the sixth overall pick since the first draft in 1936.

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