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Make the Case: What might Giants do in Round 2?


"Make the Case" has once again returned on

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

Next up is a debate between the selections from ESPN's top two draft analysts, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, on what the Giants might do with their second-round pick (No. 57).

Pick: John Michael Schmitz, OL, Minnesota

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 301

2022 stats: 12 games, 302 pass block snaps, two sacks and eight total pressures allowed

Accolades: First-Team All-American (2022), First-Team All-Big Ten (2022), Second-Team All-Big Ten (2021), All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2020)

"The Giants could be in need of an immediate starter at center, with Nick Gates and Jon Feliciano departing in free agency. Schmitz started 31 games there in college. He is physical in the run game and has good balance in pass protection. He allowed just one sack over the past three seasons."

Pick: Josh Downs, WR, UNC

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 171

2022 stats: 11 games, 94 receptions for 1,029 yards and 11 touchdowns, 10 punt returns for 133 yards (10.3 yards per return)

Accolades: Second-Team All-American (2022), 2x First-Team All-ACC (2021, 2022)

"The Giants went another route in Round 1, but they aren't bypassing the receiver need here. Downs is undersized at 5-foot-9 and plays out of the slot, where New York already has plenty of options. But he plays with explosion and changes directions really well in the open field. Downs put together back-to-back seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards and can help Daniel Jones right out of the gate."

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