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Giants Now: analyst Chad Reuter's 3-round mock draft

NFL-DRAFT-GN analyst Chad Reuter releases 3-round mock draft

Super Bowl LVIII is complete, which means the entire NFL has now turned its focus towards the 2024 offseason.

Believe it or not, the NFL Draft is only 72 days away. A lot will change across the league between now and then as free agency kicks off in a month, which will likely alter the draft plans for many teams.

Nevertheless, draft analyst Chad Reuter recently released his first mock draft of the year, one that spans the first three rounds of which the Giants hold pick Nos. 6, 39, 47 (via SEA) and 70.

Here are Reuter's predictions for the Giants' first four picks.

Pick for No. 6: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

"Will Anderson Jr.'s production dropped in his final year at Alabama (34.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks to 17 and 10) but he proved his combination of power and speed was NFL-ready," wrote Reuter. "I expect to see the same from Verse, who was no less of a problem for offensive lines in 2023 than he was in the previous season, even if his numbers were slightly less impressive in '23 (17 TFL, 9 sacks in '22; 12.5 and 9 in '23)."

Verse began his collegiate career at the University of Albany, where he played two seasons after redshirting as a freshman. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound edge rusher recorded four sacks and 10 tackles for loss in 2020 on his way to being named second-team All-CAA and CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year. The following season, he was named first-team All-CAA after picking up 9.5 sacks.

Verse then transferred to Florida State where he put together back-to-back dominant seasons for the Seminoles. Across 12 games in 2022, he registered nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss. Verse followed that up with another nine-sack campaign with 12.5 tackles for loss in 2023. He was named first-team All-ACC both years, and was also selected as second-team All-American by the Associated Press this past season.

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Pick for No. 39: Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

Brooks saw limited action in his first two seasons at Texas, although he looked explosive when given an opportunity. As a freshman, he carried the ball just 21 times but gained 143 yards, good for an average of 6.8 yards per carry, with one touchdown in four games. The following year, Brooks played in only seven games but took 30 carries for 197 yards (6.6 avg.) with five touchdowns while adding another score through the air.

The 6-foot, 207-pound back saw his first extensive action as a redshirt sophomore this past season when he recorded 187 rush attempts for 1,139 yards (6.1 avg.) and 10 touchdowns. He also played a role in the passing game, catching 25 passes for 286 yards and an additional score. This led to Brooks being named second-team All-Big 12. He finished his career with the Longhorns with an average of 6.2 yards on 238 carries. Brooks suffered a torn ACL during Texas' matchup against TCU on November 11.

Pick for No. 47: Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State

After redshirting as a freshman in 2021, Hicks appeared in all 13 games for the Cougars in 2022 with 11 starts. He finished second on the team with 76 total tackles (45 solo), the most among Pac-12 freshman defenders, and added a sack, two tackles for loss, an interception, six passes defensed, one fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound safety started 12 games for Washington State last season and saw almost all of his numbers improve. He registered 79 total tackles (49 solo), 2.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, two interceptions, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and another defensive touchdown.

Pick for No. 70: Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan

Wilson played in six games as a freshman back in 2020, catching nine passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. He saw more action the following season as he appeared in 13 games and finished with 25 receptions for 420 yards and three touchdowns. His production in 2022 was similar to his sophomore campaign, as he recorded 25 receptions for 376 yards and two touchdowns while adding another two scores on the ground.

The 6-foot, 192-pound wideout enjoyed a breakout in 2023 as he caught 48 passes for 789 yards and an impressive 12 touchdowns, all of which led the Wolverines. Wilson was named second-team All-Big Ten after helping Michigan win the national championship.

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