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


"Make the Case" is officially back on for the 2024 NFL Draft.

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.

For the first time this offseason, we're going to dive into what the experts think the Giants might do in the second round of this year's draft. Following the acquisition of outside linebacker Brian Burns, a deal that saw the No. 39 overall pick head to the Panthers, the Giants are left with the No. 47 overall pick in the second round.

Let's take a look at what Pro Football Focus' Trevor Sikkema and Sports Illustrated's Luke Easterling think the Giants might do with their second-round pick.

Pick: T'Vondre Sweat, DL, Texas

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 366

2023 Stats: 14 games, 45 tackles (18 solo), 2 sacks, 8 tackles for loss, 4 passes defensed 

Accolades: Unanimous All-American (2023), Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2023), Outland Trophy (2023), First-Team All-Big 12 (2023)

Analysis provided by's Lance Zierlein - "Sweat is a massive space-eater whose size and skill set will have him plugged into a role as a run-plugger for odd- or even-front defenses. He's not quick off the snap or explosive into first contact, but it takes a village to try to uproot him and move him out of the way. The attention he will require from blocking schemes should help unlock the playmaking potential of speedy inside linebackers who won't have to contend with as much traffic climbing into the second level. He offers more rush than expected for a man his size and could play more snaps than most at his position. Sweat's area of impact will be narrowly focused, but it could create a much larger impact on the defense overall."

Pick: Kris Jenkins, DL, Michigan

Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 299

2023 Stats: 15 games, 37 tackles (17 solo), 2.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery

Accolades: Second-Team All-American (2023), Second-Team All-Big 10 (2023), CFP National Champion (2023)

Analysis provided by's Lance Zierlein - "Possesses rare pedigree with a college football national title under his belt and a father who was a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle. Jenkins has a smaller frame for his position, but he plays with good strength in one-on-one power swaps. He can neutralize single blocks but has trouble fighting back to muddy his gap against double-teams. His motor stays engaged. He's frequently running down ball-carriers and chasing quarterbacks by the end of the play. Jenkins flashes more rush talent than his sack production would indicate, but he still needs to work on developing more go-to moves to pair with his spin counter. Jenkins isn't a natural two-gapper, but he can play upfield or read-and-react football on the next level as an eventual starter capable of creating disruptions."

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