NFL & ATLANTA FALCONS CBS Sports Projects This Player to Fall to Giants at No. 6
During this year’s NFL Draft, the New York Giants will look to fill any of their many needs. Although the Giants’ troubles during their 6-11 season were widespread, the most of them were on the offensive side of the ball. So, most experts believe New York will utilize their first-round pick on an offensive player. According to Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports, that prospect is North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye, who he believes might fall to the Giants at No. 6. Some, however, question the prudence of the Giants picking a quarterback at No. 6. New York has other needs, such as offensive line and WR1.
Adding a quality lineman to their roster would help the Giants start repairing one of the league’s weakest offensive lines, which allowed the second most sacks in league history last season. Assuming they could get more production from Evan Neal, drafting an offensive lineman in the first round would give the Giants three offensive linemen with high upside working together under a new offensive line coach, Carmen Bricillo, who had a track record with the Las Vegas Raiders of getting the most out of offensive linemen.
The Giants picking an offensive lineman would also assist to protect quarterback Daniel Jones, or whoever ends up playing quarterback for the Giants in the long run. If it’s Jones–and general manager Joe Schoen has said that’s the expectation once Jones is healthy–the Giants will have accomplished what they should have done years ago: repair a unit that hasn’t been consistent in years.
Others say the Giants should look for a WR1, something they haven’t had since Odell Beckham Jr., to help bolster a receiving unit that ranks at the bottom of the league. The Giants currently lack a receiver on their roster who many league defenses would struggle to slow down. The Giants have not had a receiver finish a season with more than 1,000 yards since Beckham in 2018.