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Malik Nabers already has tight bond with Brian Daboll


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Malik Nabers won't visit the Giants' headquarters until Friday, but he already has a tight bond with Brian Daboll.

The team's first-round draft choice and its head coach got to know each other during the extensive and intensive evaluation period leading up to the NFL Draft. When the Giants were on the clock with the sixth selection in the first round, they finalized a partnership that had made sense to so many by selecting the prolific wide receiver from LSU.

"It was very likely," Nabers said of the potential of landing with the Giants. "I knew Dabs, he conversed with a lot of my coaches, he really liked my game, he liked my dog mentality. So, I'm glad he chose me.

"(We had) great meetings. He has a great personality; he makes people laugh that are in the room. He's going to compete with you for sure, he has high standards for his athletes. So, I am hoping he has high standards for me, and I live up to those."

Daboll is confident his newest receiver will do exactly that.

"I'm excited about Malik," Daboll said. "He's a heck of a player."

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LSU has long produced outstanding wide receivers and players like Odell Beckham, Jr., Justin Jefferson, and Ja'Marr Chase. Those three have been among the NFL's most exciting players in the last decade. But none of them were as productive in college as Nabers, who holds the LSU career records with 189 catches and 3,003 yards. He scored 21 touchdowns in his three seasons, including 14 in a record-setting 2023 season.

On Thursday night, the school enhanced its reputation as a producer of great receivers. In addition to Nabers, LSU wideout Brian Thomas, Jr. was selected 23rd by the Jacksonville Jaguars. And their quarterback, Jayden Daniels, was chosen second overall by the Washington Commanders.

Nabers was the second wide receiver chosen in the first round after Ohio State's Marvin Harrison, Jr. went fourth to the Arizona Cardinals. Another wideout, Rome Odunze, was selected ninth by the Chicago Bears.

"We had a lot of guys that we liked that would fit in with the way we had them stacked," general manager Joe Schoen said. "At the time we took him, he was the top receiver on our board."

What separates Nabers from the other receivers in his draft class?

"I'm able to play different positions, create separation, open up a great window for the quarterback to throw me the ball," Nabers said. "Great teammate. Great leader. All in all, a great football player. Dog mentality when I'm out there on the field."

That quarterback will be Daniel Jones, if he continues his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL. Schoen reached out to Jones about the Nabers acquisition before it was announced.

"He's fired up," Schoen said. "I texted him Malik's number. That's one of the first things I did. And he's fired up about it."

Last year, Nabers was a unanimous All-America after leading the nation with 120.7 receiving yards a game. He led the SEC with 89 receptions and 1,569 yards and was second with 14 touchdown catches.

"He was obviously ultra productive at LSU," Daboll said. "Made a ton of plays. I would say deep, intermediate, short. Be good to get him in here and get him acclimated to what we do. I know he's excited about it. We're excited to have him."

Nabers is just 20 years old (he turns 21 in late July). But that won't preclude him from taking on a big role and producing as a rookie.

"There's a lot more to grow," he said. "Especially I'm a young NFL person that's coming in. I have a lot to learn, a lot to learn how to be a pro, by coming in there finding those older guys that can guide me along the way."

Nabers already has a relationship with one of his fellow wideouts, Jalin Hyatt, another product of a Southeastern Conference school (Tennessee). Hyatt caught 23 passes as a rookie last season.

"We have built a relationship along the lines, I asked him a few questions about the organization when I was on the visit," Nabers said. "Told me great things. Watched him when he was in college. Tremendous athlete. Amazing speed. Got hands. He was also a Biletnikoff winner, so you know it's going to be a lot of competition going on in that room. So, I'm excited to get to know those guys, hit the field with those guys."

It will be fun to watch the Giants' SEC receivers, including Wan'Dale Robinson and Darius Slayton, compete with each other on the practice field.


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