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Giants Now: Mel Kiper Jr. & Todd McShay 3-round mock draft


Todd McShay & Mel Kiper's three-round mock draft

Tomorrow marks exactly one week until the 2023 NFL Draft kicks off in Kansas City, Missouri.

With things heating up, many draft pundits are releasing new projections on a daily basis.

ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper recently completed a three-round mock draft, with the analysts basing their predictions on a combination of what they think each team will do and what they would do if they were in charge of making the selections.

Here are McShay and Kiper's predictions for the Giants:

Pick for No. 25: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland

Analysis: "With the top three receivers off the board in this scenario, the Giants shouldn't reach -- which is what Todd is about to do for Dallas. New York should target a corner instead. Banks has the size, speed and instincts to be a No. 1 corner."

Banks started 12 games for Maryland this past season, totaling 38 tackles (25 solo), one interception and eight passes defensed. He was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention for his performance in 2022.

The 6-foot-0, 197-pound corner excelled at last month's combine, where he posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds to go with his 42-inch vertical jump and 11-feet, four-inch broad jump. He registered the highest athleticism score among all cornerbacks in Indy with his 98, according to Next Gen Stats.

Pick for No. 57: John Michael Schmitz, IOL, Minnesota

Analysis: "Todd and I probably overuse "plug and play," but that's exactly what Schmitz offers for the Giants. They need a starting center, and he can be that. He is a complete lineman."

After redshirting in 2017, Schmitz went on to play five seasons at Minnesota. He saw his first extensive action in 2021 when he started 13 games at center and was named Second-Team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches after surrendering zero sacks and just five hurries on 317 pass block snaps (according to Pro Football Focus).

The 6-foot-3, 301-pound lineman continued his breakout this past season when he started 12 games and allowed just two sacks and eight total pressures on 302 pass block snaps. He was named First-Team All-American in addition to First-Team All-Big Ten.

Pick for No. 89: Nathaniel "Tank" Dell, WR, Houston

Analysis: "Dell had 199 catches over the past two seasons, and he was used inside and outside. In fact, 61 of those catches came when "Tank" was aligned wide right, while 60 receptions came when he was in the slot on the left side of the field. That's versatility. At 5-foot-8, he isn't big, but he has some ability after the catch. The Giants could add him to their stockpile of pass-catchers."

Dell was outstanding in his final two seasons at Houston. Across 14 games as a sophomore, he caught 90 passes for 1,329 yards and 12 touchdowns on his way to being named First-Team All-AAC.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound receiver was somehow able to top his stellar 2021 numbers this past season. Dell finished the year with an impressive 109 receptions for 1,398 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 games, while adding nine punt returns for 153 yards (17.0 avg.) and an additional touchdown. He earned another selection as First-Team All-AAC in addition to Third-Team All-American. He was also named a semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wide receiver.

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