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Giants Now: CBS Sports lists Malik Nabers among top instant impact rookies


CBS Sports lists Malik Nabers among top instant impact rookies

The Giants selected wide receiver Malik Nabers with the sixth overall pick in order to provide the offense with a significant boost, both this season and beyond.

According to some in the media, Nabers' effect on the offense might be felt sooner rather than later.

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso recently broke down the top 10 rookies he believes could have the biggest immediate impact this upcoming season, and the Giants' first-year receiver landed at No. 2.

"Nabers is different," wrote Trapasso. "The personification of electricity on a football field. And he's 6-foot and around 200 pounds. He tracks the football like a champ and was the finest YAC wideout in the class. Burst, vision, and a borderline unshakable equilibrium when contacted by the first -- and sometimes the second -- defender."

Nabers finished the 2023 campaign with 1,569 receiving yards, which marked his second consecutive year with more than 1,000 yards. He also recorded 89 receptions and lead the FBS in receiving yards while ranking No. 2 in receiving touchdowns at the conclusion of the regular season.

The 20-year-old registered the most 10+ yard plays, 20+ yard plays and 30+ yard plays last year. He finished his collegiate career as LSU's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, and was named Unanimous All-American and first-team All-SEC for his standout 2023 campaign.

Nabers also brought in 72 passes for 1,017 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2022.

View the best photos from the collegiate career of wide receiver Malik Nabers.

"Nabers will see well over 120 targets in Year 1, and even if Daniel Jones doesn't transform into 2011 Eli Manning, Nabers has the rare talent to make something out of short, high-percentage throws or slightly off-target downfield tosses," Trapasso added.

The young wideout shined at the LSU pro day earlier this offseason, as he ran an unofficial 4.35 40-yard dash and registered a 42-inch vertical and a 10'9" broad jump.

Nabers, who doesn't turn 21 until July 28, was one of the youngest players taken in the first round of this year's draft.

Here are Trapasso's top 10 instant impact rookies for 2024:

1. WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Arizona Cardinals
2. WR Malik Nabers, New York Giants
3. WR Ladd McConkey, Los Angeles Chargers
4. WR Rome Odunze, Chicago Bears
5. RB Jonathon Brooks, Carolina Panthers
6. OT JC Latham, Tennessee Titans
7. OT Joe Alt, Los Angeles Chargers
8. WR Xavier Worthy, Kansas City Chiefs
9. RB Trey Benson, Arizona Cardinals
10. WR Keon Coleman, Buffalo Bills

The Giants entered Phase 2 of the offseason workout program at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

View photos from the college careers of all six members of the New York Giants 2024 Draft Class.