In the second year of the Joe Schoen era, the Giants made seven total picks after a series of trades. The first three rounds were home run hits (in my opinion and the opinion of all the experts). New York landed three of Mel Kiper's top 45 prospects, inserting these marquee players into starting positions and filling needs the team had. The overall draft seems to be perceived as a positive one. Everywhere I look, I keep seeing A grades being linked to the Giants.
You obviously can't judge a draft class in April, when these players haven't even had a chance to take the field, but you can judge a draft class personnel by what we've seen from them at the college level, and how they can fit into the current rotation of the team.
Round 5, Pick 172: Eric Gray, RB - Maryland
Touted as an underrated running back in this draft, the Oklahoma starter should be a versatile weapon for the Giants. He led the Big 12 in yards per carry (6.4) and was second in rushing yards per game (113.7), he should offer some great depth behind Barkley and Breida.
Round 6, Pick 209: Tre Hawkins III, CB - Old Dominion
A solid defensive back depth piece for the Giants, Hawkins is raw talent who could learn under Wink and thrive with his defensive scheme. He's 6'2 and ran a 4.4 in his 40, the two year starter that had two interceptions in 2022 and 99 tackles in the past two years."
Round 7, Pick 243: Jordan Riley, DL - Oregon
6'5 and 235lbs, Riley is a house. He can stop the inside rush and serve as a Nose Tackle in most schemes on defense. He provides tremendous upside for a 7th rounder.
Round 7, Pick 209: Gervarrius Owens, DB - Houston
A tall and lean saftey that's an effective tackler and pass defender, Owens will compete for a defensive back depth role, but should have a chance to earn some reps. He is a playmaker, run-defending, defensive roamer, who had 208 career tackles and four interceptions.
UDFA List (So Far)
Alex Cook, S - Washington
Bryce Ford-Wheaton, WR - West Virginia
Cam Lyons, LS - Charlotte
Dyontae Johnson, LB - Toledo
Gemon Green, CB - Michigan
Habakkuk Baldonado, DE - Pitt
Tommy Devito, QB - Illinois
Troy Brown, LB - Ole Miss