2023 NFL Draft Recap: New York Giants

The 2023 NFL Draft has concluded after months of scrutiny about these prospects, potential landing spots, team and scheme fits, and so on. Now we get to start the entire process all over again now that we have team landing spots for these college prospects with their new NFL teams.

Today, we tackle the New York Giants and how they fared in the 2023 NFL Draft.

New York's 2023 NFL Draft Selections:

  • Round 1, Pick 24 - Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland
  • Round 2, Pick 57 - John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
  • Round 3, Pick 73 - Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
  • Round 5, Pick 172 - Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma
  • Round 6, Pick 209 - Tre Hawkins III, CB, Old Dominion
  • Round 7, Pick 243 - Jordan Riley, DT, Oregon
  • Round 7, Pick 254 - Gervarrius Owens, S, Houston

The 2023 Fantasy Football Impact:

This draft has received a lot of rave reviews and for good reason. The Giants filled some major holes on their roster with potential day-one starters. Jalin Hyatt is the name everyone will point to because of his prolific college career at Tennessee where he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wideout. This pick gives New York something they've lacked at receiver for years: SPEED. Hyatt clocked in at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash and proved in college that he can rip the top off opposing defenses.

Hyatt will likely get over-drafted in summer best ball drafts. People will immediately think he's walking into the offense as their top outside option, but this receiver room is crowded. Can he compete for a role on the outside? Absolutely. Will he be the top target in this offense?  I don't think so. Darren Waller, Saquon Barkley, Isaiah Hodgins, and even a healthy Sterling Shepard should see more targets to begin the year. While I love the pick, I don't even expect 50 receptions. The term "better in best ball" applies here.

Eric Gray will have a chance to compete for a backup role with Matt Brieda and Gary Brightwell, but he has zero fantasy value at the moment.

The real winner in all of this was Daniel Jones. He adds another potential quality lineman along with several targets this offseason. He's beaming with upside or as much upside as a guy who threw 15 touchdowns can have.

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