Todd McShay's latest two-round mock draft
Another day, another mock draft.
Things are beginning to heat up in the pre-draft process. As we inch closer and closer to the start of the 2023 NFL Draft, more and more analysts are releasing their updated predictions for the first round.
The latest to do so is ESPN's Todd McShay, who believes the Giants will address both sides of the ball in his latest two-round mock draft.
Pick for No. 25: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Analysis: "Forbes is lean at 6-foot-1 and 166 pounds, but he has great speed and fantastic instincts in coverage. The Giants blitzed more than any other team last season (42.0%) but didn't have many ballhawks in the secondary to take advantage. Forbes would feast on mistakes forced by that pressure."
Forbes had a successful collegiate career with the Bulldogs. As a true freshman back in 2020, he played in all 11 games with nine starts and registered five interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. He followed that up with another three interceptions, one sack, five tackles for loss and one forced fumble in 13 starts as a sophomore on his way to being named Second-Team All-SEC.
The 22-year-old then started 12 games this past fall and had six interceptions, returning three for touchdowns for the second time in three seasons, to go with 10 passes defensed. Forbes was named Second-Team All-American in addition to First-Team All-SEC. He finished his tenure at Mississippis State with the FBS career record for pick-sixes (six), while his 14 interceptions since 2020 are the most in the nation.
NFL Network's Lance Zierlein listed Forbes' pro comparison as Cam Dantzler.
Pick for No. 57: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
Analysis: "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."
Downs put up impressive numbers during his sophomore campaign in 2021, catching 101 passes for 1,335 yards and eight touchdowns across 13 games. He earned a selection as First-Team All-ACC due to his breakout performance. The following season, the 5-foot-9, 171-pound receiver registered 94 receptions for 1,029 yards and 11 touchdowns as he was once again named First-Team All-ACC in addition to Second-Team All-American.
Downs finished his career with 2,483 receiving yards, the fourth-highest total in Carolina history, while his 22 touchdown receptions rank as the second-most in school history. He is one of three players in UNC history with over 200 career receptions, finishing third on the school's all-time list with 202. Additionally, he is one of two players in school history with two 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
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