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State of the Giants' WR corps: What it looks like pre-draft


Even if you have seen only one mock draft this year, you know this is a loaded class for wide receivers. That's good news for NFL clubs in the market for a WR1.

"Would it be nice? Yeah, it would be nice to have a No. 1 receiver," general manager Joe Schoen said recently at the NFL Annual Meeting. "I think every team would sign up with that, and especially with an offensive head coach. I think all teams would want that."

Schoen, who holds the No. 6 overall selection among the team's six picks, also noted the "staff is happy" with the current corps led by Darius Slayton, Wan'Dale Robinson, and Jalin Hyatt.

"I think they all showed their ability that they can play in this league," Schoen said.

While that may be the case, the Giants know they cannot have a repeat of last year. The offense finished last in pass plays of 10 yards or more, 29th in offensive points scored, and 27th in yards per pass attempt. Those numbers, of course, reflect more than one area and have been addressed.

In addition to using draft capital (two high first-round picks and another in the second round) in recent years, the Giants spent resources in this free agency cycle to bolster the offensive line. But with a long way to go until Week 1, there is plenty of roster-building still to do. The next major checkpoint is the 2024 NFL Draft, which is set for April 25-27.

"It's a good receiver draft," Schoen said. "We've got six picks right now. Again, we can move several different directions and get more picks, less picks."

Until then, the staff will do its due diligence in evaluating all options.

"It starts in the fall with the film," Schoen said. "Their play speed. We have GPS data now that we can utilize too that maybe they do not look like they're moving fast, but they're bigger versus a 5-9, 180-pound guy. There are different shapes and sizes, and there's different data points we can use. Then you have the trained eye over years of scouting, the live looks that you can see and get a really good feel. These pro days are important when you can get right up on a player and see how they move."

With that said, below is a look at the current state of the Giants' wide receiver corps:


Table inside Article
DAL Parris Campbell Isaiah Hodgins -
@ARI Darius Slayton Parris Campbell Isaiah Hodgins
@SF Darius Slayton Parris Campbell Isaiah Hodgins
SEA Darius Slayton Isaiah Hodgins -
@MIA Isaiah Hodgins Wan'Dale Robinson -
@BUF Darius Slayton Isaiah Hodgins -
WAS Jalin Hyatt Sterling Shepard -
NYJ Darius Slayton Wan'Dale Robinson -
@LV Darius Slayton Isaiah Hodgins -
@DAL Darius Slayton Isaiah Hodgins -
@WAS Jalin Hyatt Darius Slayton Isaiah Hodgins
NE Jalin Hyatt Sterling Shepard Wan'Dale Robinson
GB Wan'Dale Robinson Darius Slayton Jalin Hyatt
@NO Jalin Hyatt Darius Slayton Wan'Dale Robinson
@PHI Jalin Hyatt Darius Slayton Wan'Dale Robinson
LAR Jalin Hyatt Darius Slayton Wan'Dale Robinson
PHI Darius Slayton Isaiah Hodgins -

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WR Isaiah McKenzie

Previous Team: Indianapolis Colts

Career: 93 G (28 GS), 152 REC, 1,427 YDS (9.4 AVG), 11 TD; 50 CAR, 244 YDS (4.9 AVG), 4 TD

The 5-foot-8, 173-pounder has experience with coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen, having played in Buffalo for parts of five seasons. A fifth-round draft choice by Denver in 2017, McKenzie has played in 93 games with 28 starts for the Broncos (2017-2018), Bills (2018-2022), and Colts (2023). His career numbers include 152 receptions for 1,427 yards (9.4 yards per catch) and 11 touchdowns in addition to 50 rushing attempts for 244 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and four scores. He also attempted one pass, which went for a 12-yard touchdown in 2020.

The Georgia product also brings experience as a return specialist. He has returned 81 punts for 722 yards (8.9 yards per return), including an 84-yard touchdown. He has also brought back 56 kickoffs for 1,264 yards (22.6 yards per return), with a long of 75 yards.


Darius Slayton

Career: 76 G (53 GS), 220 REC, 3,324 YDS (15.1 AVG), 19 TD

The former fifth-round draft choice has led the Giants in receiving yards in four of his five NFL seasons. His average of 15.1 yards per catch is ninth in the NFL since he entered the league in 2019 (minimum 100 catches), which is one spot ahead of Justin Jefferson and one behind Mike Evans.

Wan'Dale Robinson

Career: 21 G (11 GS), 83 REC, 752 YDS (9.1 AVG), 2 TD; 11 CAR, 86 YDS (7.8 AVG), 1 TD

On Nov. 20, 2022, Robinson was enjoying his breakout performance as a rookie with nine catches for 100 yards until the second-round pick went down with a torn ACL. The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder worked all the way back to become the team leader in receptions (60) last season.

"I think when he was healthy at the end of the year really showed what he could do," Schoen said.

Robinson's signature performance came in a Week 14 home victory over the playoff-bound Packers. Among his career-high 115 yards from scrimmage were two long plays (one rushing and one receiving) that set up a touchdown in the first half and then the game-winning field goal as time expired.

Jalin Hyatt

Career: 17 G (7 GS), 23 REC, 373 YDS (16.2 AVG)

Nearly three-quarters of Hyatt's rookie receiving yards came in three games, including 109 in Week 12 against the Patriots. It followed a year in which the Tennessee product exploded onto the college football scene and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver.

"Hyatt is going to be a good receiver," Schoen said at the end of the third-round pick's debut season. "I think you saw with Jalin the explosive play ability."

Isaiah Hodgins

Career: 28 G (14 GS), 58 REC, 622 YDS (10.7 AVG), 7 TD

Hodgins, who played in all 17 games for the Giants with nine starts last season, re-signed last month as a restricted free agent. A sixth-round pick by the Bills in 2020, Hodgins was acquired off waivers by the Giants midway through the 2022 season. He went on to catch 33 passes for 351 yards and four touchdowns in just eight games as he helped the Giants clinch a spot in the postseason, where he hauled in another eight passes for 105 yards and a score in the team's Wild Card win over the Vikings.

Gunner Olszewski

Career: 65 G (4 GS), 15 REC, 180 YDS (12.0 AVG), 1 TD; 14 CAR, 71 YDS (5.1 AVG)

Known more as a specialist, Olszewski was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in the second-to-last game for the Giants after his 94-yard punt return touchdown. It was the second longest punt return in Giants history and the longest in 95 years. Since he entered the NFL in 2019, Olszewski ranks second in punt return yards (1,170) and punt return average (11.9 yards). He re-signed over the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Bryce Ford-Wheaton

Career: 0 GP

Ford-Wheaton, who had performed impressively after joining the team as a rookie free agent, suffered a torn ACL in the preseason finale against the Jets. The 6-foot-3, 224-pound West Virginia product caught two passes for 24 yards the previous week against the Carolina Panthers.

In addition to Ford-Wheaton, the Giants also signed fellow wide receivers Chase Cota and Dennis Houston to reserve/future deals.


Veteran Parris Campbell signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after catching 20 passes for 104 yards in his lone season with the Giants.

Sterling Shepard, who remains a free agent, just completed his fourth season as the Giants' longest-tenured player. After the season finale, he acknowledged what was almost certainly his final game in a Giants uniform.

"Really just trying to take it all in," an emotional Shepard said at his locker after the game. "Like I told you guys earlier in the week, I knew that this was probably going to be my last time being in this jersey. I just wanted to take it all in with my brothers and enjoy every moment of it, and that's exactly what I did."

Shepard did reach one important milestone in the final game of his eighth season. The former second-round draft choice increased his reception total to 372, moving him into fifth place on the franchise's career list, one more than Jeremy Shockey.

"It meant a lot," Shepard said. "I grew up watching that guy and it was a special deal being able to get it. It wasn't easy, but my career hasn't been easy. So, I didn't expect it to be any other way, but it was a great feeling."


The top five wide receivers in the 2024 draft class, according to's Bucky Brooks:

  1. Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State)
  2. Rome Odunze (Washington)
  3. Malik Nabers (LSU)
  4. Keon Coleman (Florida State)
  5. Brian Thomas Jr. (LSU)

Keep an eye on … Troy Franklin (Oregon)

Brooks: "This 2024 class of pass catchers is loaded with dynamic playmakers offering WR1 potential. Harrison Jr. is a plug-and-play No. 1 receiver with stellar ball skills and polished route-running ability. The Ohio State star is a Larry Fitzgerald clone with game-changing potential in a pass-centric offense. Odunze is a "get open" specialist with a crafty game built on size, strength and physicality. The Washington product is a contested-catch wizard. Nabers is a playmaking machine with outstanding stop-start quickness and burst. He can flourish as a No. 1 receiver in any system, utilizing his speed and route-running polish to dominate one-on-one matchups on the perimeter. Coleman is an acrobatic pass-catching specialist with the length and leaping ability to develop into a dominant third-down and red-zone weapon. Thomas Jr. heads into the NFL as a hybrid WR1/WR2 prospect for most rosters. The LSU standout has the blue-chip traits to flourish as a lead wideout, but he needs more refinement as a route runner in order to headline a pro receiving corps." analyst Bucky Brooks revealed his final position rankings for the 2024 NFL Draft.


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