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Giants Now: Matt Miller's 7-round mock draft


ESPN's Matt Miller releases 7-round mock draft

With only a few weeks to go until the 2024 NFL Draft, mock draft season is heating up.

ESPN's Matt Miller is the latest to throw his hat in the ring, as the NFL Draft analyst recently released a full, seven-round mock draft which predicts all 257 selections.

The mock draft has the Giants using their first four picks on the offense before shoring up the defense with their final two selections.

Here are Miller's predictions for all six of the Giants' draft picks.

Pick for No. 6: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

"They have already improved the roster by signing offensive linemen Jon Runyan and Jermaine Eluemunor, but the wide receiver room is a little thin," wrote Miller. "Nabers has electric yards-after-catch speed and a diverse skill set that would work well in conjunction with Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson to give the Giants one of the fastest receiver corps in the league. His 120.7 yards per game led the nation, and his 3.7 yards per route run were second best among all FBS pass-catchers."

Nabers finished the 2023 campaign with 1,569 receiving yards, his second consecutive year with more than 1,000 yards.

The 6-foot-0, 200-pound wideout brought in 72 passes for 1,017 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2022. He followed that up with a dominant campaign that saw him catch 89 passes and lead the FBS in receiving yards while ranking No. 2 in receiving touchdowns at the conclusion of the regular-season.

Nabers registered the most 10+ yard plays, 20+ yard plays and 30+ yard plays this past season. He 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 one of the youngest players projected to be taken in the first round of this year's draft.

Nabers shined at the LSU pro day earlier this week. He ran an unofficial 4.35 40-yard dash and also registered a 42-inch vertical and a 10'9" broad jump.

View photos of EVERY player projected to the Giants in every round by draft analysts in mock drafts.

Pick for No. 47: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

"Penix has his issues on tape -- his lower-body mechanics need refining, and he struggles on the move -- but as a pure passer from the pocket, no one in this class is better," Miller said. "If the Giants can protect him, then he could carve up defenses. Penix doesn't have the mobility that coach Brian Daboll seems to prefer, but his arm strength and accuracy are "wow" factors. And New York could use more options under center with Daniel Jones returning from a torn ACL."

After a slow start to his collegiate career at Indiana, Penix broke out over his last two seasons at Washington. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound quarterback was named AP Comeback Player of the Year along with second-team All-Pac-12 in 2022 after throwing for 4,641 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

He followed that up with a stellar 2023 campaign that saw him finish with 4,903 yards, 36 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a 65.4 completion percentage. Penix was named first-team All-American and second-team All-Pac-12 for his performance last season, in addition to being named the recipient of the Maxwell Award.

Pick for No. 70: Christian Haynes, IOL, UConn

"The Giants plugged gaps on the right side of the offensive line in free agency but still have a big hole at left guard," Miller wrote. "Haynes is a 6-3, 317-pounder with awesome power."

After redshirting his freshman season in 2018, Haynes went on to start all 49 games over the next four years for the Huskies, all at right guard. He surrendered just one sack on 802 total snaps in 2023, one season after he did not surrender a single sack across 807 total snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The analytics site has Haynes down for just three total sacks allowed over the last three seasons.

Haynes was named third-team All-American by the Associated Press in each of the last two years.

Pick for No. 107: MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC

Lloyd began his collegiate career at South Carolina, where he rushed for 10 touchdowns and 801 yards on 175 carries (4.6 avg.) across 21 games, adding 21 receptions for 220 yards and two additional scores. The 5-foot-9, 220-pound back then transferred to USC this past year and gained 820 yards on 116 carries, good for an impressive average of 7.1 yards per carry, to go with nine touchdowns. Lloyd also caught 13 passes for 232 yards.

Pick for No. 166: Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson

Davis played in 64 games across five seasons at Clemson, joining the Tigers' interior defensive line right after Dexter Lawrence was drafted by the Giants in 2019. He picked up 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a freshman, leading to a second-team All-ACC selection. Davis was then named first-team All-ACC each year from 2021-2023, becoming the first Clemson defensive player ever to be a four-time All-ACC selection. He finished his collegiate career with 16 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.

Pick for No. 183: Willie Drew, CB, Virginia State

Drew was a standout at Virginia State over the last two seasons. He finished the 2022 campaign with five interceptions and 12 passes defensed, and followed that up last year with six interceptions and 22 passes defensed, which led to him being named the CIAA Defensive Player of the Year along with first-team AFCA All-American.

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