Most everyone felt the New York Giants needed to upgrade their receiving core for quarterback Daniel Jones at the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Giants did ultimately give Jones a couple new toys to play with, but also targeted multiple defensive positions of need.
Here’s a recap of the Giants’ 2023 draft class.
Giants NFL Draft Picks 2023
- Round 1, Pick 24 Overall (From JAX): Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
- Round 2, Pick 57 Overall: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
- Round 3, Pick 73 Overall (From CLE via HOU, LAR): Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
- Round 5, Pick 172 Overall (Compensatory): Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma
- Round 6, Pick 209 Overall (From KC): Tre Hawkins III, CB, Old Dominion
- Round 7, Pick 243 Overall: Jordon Riley, DT, Oregon
- Round 7, Pick 254 Overall (Compensatory): Gervarrius Owens, S, Houston
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Giants Draft Grade 2023
Giants NFL Draft Grade: B+
Our Frank Ammirante gave New York a B+ grade and ranked New York’s draft as the fifth-best due to its selection of Hyatt, the 6-foot, 185-pound receiver who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver in 2022.
He also credited the Giants for choosing Banks and Schmitz where they did.
Click to see our full report card of 2023 NFL Draft Grades.
Note: The following information was written prior to the 2023 NFL Draft.
Giants Draft Team Needs 2023
1. Wide Receiver
So much was made of the Giants’ dearth of offensive weapons surrounding Jones, outside of Barkley, that New York’s receiving corps was probably a little underrated by the end of the 2022 season.
But make no mistake, the Giants need more explosive offensive playmakers. It’s no secret Schoen is looking to address the team’s most glaring weakness on Day 1 of the draft but could choose multiple receivers with his 10 selections.
2. Inside Linebacker
New York somehow managed to reach the postseason with defensive backs as two of its top-three leading tacklers in 2022. Veteran linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was second on the team with 88 tackles, is a free agent the Giants have not re-signed.
The Giants have space to sign Smith, or another free agent, but would be wise to target a linebacker or two in the draft to keep their cap situation under control.
New York re-signed Jones and Barkley but allowed safety and 2022 leading tackler Julian Love to walk in free agency to Seattle. Love is replaceable, but the Giants still have to replace him, and likely will try to in the later rounds — Love was a fourth-round pick in 2019.
Giants May Also Consider Drafting: Quarterback, Defensive line
Giants NFL Draft Round 1 Mock 2023
- Round 1, Pick 25 Overall: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
As of April 5, our own Anthony Cervino is predicting the Giants will pick the leading receiver from the national runner-up with their first-round selection, addressing the need for a game-breaker on the outside. Read our full NFL Mock Draft.
Giants NFL Draft Pick History
Giants NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick 5 (5th Overall): Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
- Round 1, Pick 7 (7th Overall): Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
- Round 2, Pick 11 (43rd Overall): Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
- Round 3, Pick 3 (67th Overall): Joshua Ezeudu, G, North Carolina
- Round 3, Pick 17 (81st Overall): Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
- Round 4, Pick 7 (112th Overall): Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
- Round 4, Pick 9 (114th Overall): Dane Belton, S, Iowa
- Round 5, Pick 3 (146th Overall): Micah McFadden, LB, Indiana
- Round 5, Pick 4 (147th Overall): DJ Davidson, DT, Arizona State
- Round 5, Pick 30 (173rd Overall): Marcus McKethan, G, North Carolina
- Round 6, Pick 3 (182nd Overall): Darian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati