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Make the Case: What will Giants do at No. 25?


"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.

Our final "Make the Case" features the predictions of six top analysts from across the NFL landscape for the Giants' pick at No. 25.

Pick: Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 173

2022 stats: 11 games, 59 receptions for 875 yards (14.8 avg.) and eight touchdowns

Accolades: First-Team All-Pac-12 (2022), Fred Biletnikoff Award (2021), Consensus All-American (2021), First-Team All-ACC (2021)

"With Porter off the board, I'm pivoting to the best available wide receiver. Addison starred out of the slot at Pitt, but he played more out wide after transferring to USC. He has some versatility. He can create yards after the catch and pick up first downs on crossers and slants. The Giants would be adding to their offseason pass-catching overhaul."

Pick: Brian Branch, CB, Alabama

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190

2022 stats: 13 games, 90 tackles (58 solo), three sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two interceptions, seven passes defensed

Accolades: Second-Team All-American (2022), Second-Team All-SEC (2022), CFP National Champion (2020)

"Branch is one of the more versatile players in this class, and Wink Martindale's defense is built on having versatile pieces."

Pick: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 182

2022 stats: 12 games, 67 receptions for 809 yards (12.1 avg.) and nine touchdowns

Accolades: Consensus All-American (2022), Third-Team All-American (2021), Third-Team All-ACC (2020)

"Interesting thing about Mayer is the book on him: He caught at least one pass in every one of his 36 games at Notre Dame, is the all-time leading tight end in receptions in the rich tradition of Irish football, might be a better blocker than pass-catcher, and missed just one game (groin strain) due to injury in three years. Daniel Jones could use a security blanket in the short and intermediate areas, and [Darren] Waller and Mayer would give him two."

Pick: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 166

2022 stats: 12 games, 46 tackles (26 solo), one tackle for loss, six interceptions, 10 passes defensed, three defensive touchdowns

Accolades: Consensus All-American (2022), First-Team All-SEC (2022), Second-Team All-SEC (2021)

"Two numbers come up often when discussing Forbes with NFL scouts: 14 and 6. The first number, 14, is how many interceptions he accumulated in the past three years at Mississippi State. The second, 6, is how many of those interceptions he returned for touchdowns. At 6 feet and 166 pounds, there are concerns about Forbes' lean frame, but his play doesn't reflect that."

Pick: Joe Tippmann, IOL, Wisconsin

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 313

2022 stats: 12 games, allowed one sack and five total pressures on 338 pass blocking snaps

Accolades: All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2021, 2022)

"Tippmann is an athletic center who gives the Giants the makings of something special up front. They've seen first-hand in their division how the Cowboys and Eagles offensive lines have given their respective offenses high floors, and they're looking to join the club."

Pick: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 182

2022 stats: 12 games, 78 receptions for 1,077 yards (13.8 avg.) and 12 touchdowns

Accolades: 2x First-Team All-ACC (2020, 2022), Third-Team All-ACC (2021)

"Surrounding Danny Dimes with explosive playmakers will enable the Giants offense to take the next step in Year 2 of the Brian Daboll era."

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