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6 things to know about 6th overall pick Malik Nabers


A reporter asked Joe Schoen last month about how much the general manager needs a No. 1 receiver on the roster.

"Would it be nice? Yeah, it would be nice to have a No. 1 receiver," he responded. "I think every team would sign up with that, especially with an offensive head coach. I think all teams would want that."

Fast-forwarding to Draft Night, need and value lined up for the Giants at No. 6 with the selection of wide receiver Malik Nabers.

Here are six things to know about the prolific receiver from LSU:

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1. Nabers (6-0, 200 lbs.) earned unanimous All-America honors in 2023, when he led the nation with 120.7 receiving yards per contest. He also led the FBS in plays of 20-plus yards (34) and 30-plus yards (17). He finished No. 1 in the SEC in receptions (89) and receiving yards (1,569) and ranked No. 2 in the league in receiving touchdowns (14).

2. Nabers capped his LSU career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (189) and receiving yards (3,003). He is one of only two players in LSU history to top the 3,000-yard mark in receiving yards, joining Josh Reed (3,001 yards from 1999-2001). He ranks No. 7 in LSU history in receiving touchdowns with 21 and led the SEC in receptions in back-to-back years. Nabers capped his career with at least one reception in 37 consecutive games.

3. In 2022, Nabers led the SEC in receptions and ranked second in receiving yards. And who led the league that year? It will be his new teammate Jalin Hyatt, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver before the Giants selected him in the third round of last year's draft.

4. Nabers is the highest-drafted receiver by the Giants in the Super Bowl era. Ike Hilliard, the No. 7 overall pick in 1997, owned that distinction until Thursday night. The next closest was Odell Beckham Jr., who went No. 12 in 2014 and is the last Giant to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

5. At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Nabers had a feeling that Giants coach Brian Daboll "really likes" him. "Their head coach, they love dogs," Nabers said at the time. "They are able to find those receivers that they really want. They've got a great plan going on to this season that I heard."

6. Nabers broke onto the scene by earning Freshman All-SEC honors in 2021. Prior to LSU, he played his first three years of high school football at Comeaux in Lafayette, La., before transferring to Southside High School in Youngsville for his senior year. He was unable to play football as a senior due to his transfer waiver being denied but still managed to record a four-star rating from 247 Sports and Rivals. Nabers was rated as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Louisiana.


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