As the 2023 NFL Draft approaches, mock draft experts are offering their opinions on who the New York Giants may select in the first round on Thursday, April 27 and beyond. Here, we’ll analyze those picks and provide insights on the consensus mock selections for the Steelers in the upcoming draft.
First round consensus
Kiper/McShay dueling mock: Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
Peter King: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Matt Miller: Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
Ryan Wilson: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
PFF: Joe Tippman, C, Wisconsin
Adam Caplan: Jordan Addison, WR, USC
Chad Reuter: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
The Giants have pick No. 25 in the first round. Offensive tackle, linebacker, wide receiver and cornerback are among their team needs.
Those team needs are evident in each of these mock drafts, even though they’re diverse in the players selected. Grabbing a star wide receivers in the first round makes sense, as the Giants only had two receivers clear the 500 yard plateau last season (Darius Slayton and Richie James), with James departing for the Chiefs in the offseason. Jordan Addison (WR - USC) would be a great pick for the Giants, but it’s not sure thing that he’ll fall that late in the draft. If he’s unavailable, they could do worse than Quentin Johnston (WR - TCU) or Jalin Hyatt (WR - Tennessee), both of whom are big, athletic wide receivers.
The Giants need to shore up their offensive line, but there really aren’t a ton of offensive line prospects who would work in this spot. Joe Tippman (C - Wisconsin) is a big athletic center who has the potential to be a day-one starter, but he’s gotten a Round 2 grade from most draft pundits.
Second round consensus
Kiper/McShay dueling mock: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
Matt Miller: Cody Mauch, OG, North Dakota State
Ryan Wilson: Steve Avila, OL, TCU
Chad Reuter: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
The general consensus is that this the spot where the Giants shore up their offensive line, and for good reason, as the Giants have the No. 57 pick, which falls right in the sweet spot for a lot of offensive line prospects.
Cody Mauch (OG - North Dakota State) is an interesting prospect, as he’s a 24-year-old former tight end who converted to the offensive line, and proceeded to rack up an abudence of accolades. Mauch has quick feet and a workmanlike attitude, which could be a good fit on Giants team that gets a lot of yards in the trenches.
Like Mauch, John Michael Schmitz (C - Minnesota) is another offensive lineman with some versatility despite being 301 pounds. He’s regarded as a “plug-and-play” center who could likely start Week 1, and went to the Giants in both Chad Reuter and Mel Kiper and Todd McShay’s mock draft.
But no matter who the Giants select here, it’s almost guaranteed to be an offensive lineman.