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Giants Dig Out of the Hole? How Their Picks Impacted 2024 NFL Draft Odds

The New York Giants did a solid job at the 2024 NFL Draft. The team improved on both sides of the ball, especially in the passing game. But relative to what this team lost, and what it’s stuck with, this draft is but a drop in a bucket full of issues. Still, we won’t be like the negative New York media. We’ll celebrate the Giants’ success given its trending NFL Draft odds.

New York stood pat with its No. 6 overall pick and selected wide receiver Malik Nabers from LSU. He immediately bolsters the team’s wideout room and could be their best pass-catcher since Odell Beckham Jr. As much as we’d love to sling mud at these Giants, we can’t help but give them a decent write-up.

Solid NFL Draft, But Giants Still in a Giant Hole for 2024
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If You Can’t Leave ’Em, Love ’Em

Many pundits, perhaps in their unrequited need to be listened to, wanted the Giants to trade or draft a quarterback. But nope. The Giants are sticking with Daniel Jones. After all, you don’t just give up on a guy to which you gave $160 million. You’ll even let his All-Pro running back leave and his Pro Bowl tight end quit just to keep building around him.

So with Saquon Barkley taking his otherworldly running back skills to Philly, the Giants had to go with Plan B: draft Tyrone Tracy Jr. from Purdue. The fifth-round pick is not a bad choice. He’s an old rookie who has played running back and wide receiver. He can push Devin Singletary for the newly opened gig in the backfield.

And speaking of tight ends leaving, Darren Waller may just be done with the Giants. That’s what the front office feels, hence why they used a fourth-round pick to take Theo Johnson. He’s 6-foot-6 tight end who oozes with potential for the position.

The Giants still have a bottom-five offense, on paper. But you can’t say they didn’t do anything to help with their embattled quarterback.

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Gotta Bolster That ‘D’ to Carry

Unquestionably, it will be the defense carrying New York this coming season. All Jones and Co. have to do is not bleep up too much so the Giants are not down 20-30 points each week. New York already made a splash by acquiring Brian Burns and Jordan Phillips up front. Now, the team added more young talent to the back.

New York used both of its Day 2 picks on defensive backs, drafting safety Tyler Nubin from Minnesota and cornerback Dru Phillips from Kentucky. They project to be starters if they are every bit as talented and competitive as their scouting reports indicate.

The Giants used their first three picks to help them win the battle where it counts: in the air. It’s no accident this 2024 NFL Draft set many records, including seeing six quarterbacks taken in the first 12 picks. You need to win the passing game. The Giants not only improved its passing attack but also its passing defense.

Perhaps the Giants’ best pick was its last: Darius Muasau, a linebacker from UCLA. He’s a decorated kid who has a high motor. More notably, he could give the Giants’ rushing defense a kick in the butt, something it sorely needs. New York gave up 4.7 rushing yards per carry, 31st in the NFL in 2023.

Overall, the Giants made some shrewd picks. Of course, given the expectations and the massive elephant at the most important position, it could be all for naught. Still, it may be worth betting online on this team to have a “bounce-back” season in 2024. Still, given how poor 2023 turned out, that’s not much of a compliment.

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Questions Of The Day

Did the New York Giants make the right move in drafting Malik Nabers?


Malik Nabers was the best player available when the Giants picked him. It was a logical decision.

Will the Giants improve on its 6-11 record in 2023?


The Giants are projected to finish under 6½ wins (-145) in 2024. So the team did not improve enough on Draft Day.

 

 

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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