After a shocking 2022 season in which they made the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, the New York Giants will pick at No. 25 in the 2023 NFL Draft. Still, New York has some major holes on the roster that need to be addressed early in the draft in order to increase the Giants playoff chances.
Which position are they most they most likely to take in Round 1? And is there a sleeper position they could attack at No. 25? Giants fans hope a solid draft and free agency will translate into another playoff appearance.
Here are our hypothetical odds for the position of the player the Giants will select in Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft, which is now less than two weeks away.
Position Giants Most Likely to Address
Looking at Some Possible Players for Giants
Wide receiver is still the biggest need on the roster for the Giants as they need to find a bonafide No. 1 who can play on the outside. After selecting Wan’Dale Robinson in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Giants need someone with some size and explosiveness on the outside.
The most likely candidate for this selection is Quentin Johnston from TCU. Measuring in at 6-2, 208 pounds, he has the ideal “No. 1 WR” size. However, he still has a lot of improving to do as a pure receiver. Johnston is one of the best pure playmakers in this class and would be an instant upgrade at receiver for New York.
If the Giants are looking for more of a polished receiver, USC’s Jordan Addison makes a lot of sense at No. 25. Addison was highly productive at both USC and Pittsburgh and is one of the best route runners in this class. While he has less than ideal size, his game should translate well to the NFL.
If the Giants decide not to take a wide receiver in Round 1, expect them to pivot to cornerback. Adoree Jackson is their top corner, but he has struggled to stay on the field. They need to add a corner with some size and athleticism, which is exactly what Maryland CB Deonte Banks possesses. Banks is likely to be the No. 3 or No. 4 cornerback to come off the board, but he should be available when the Giants are on the clock.
One last position to consider in Round 1 for the Giants is offensive line. The Giants have drafted two offensive linemen in Round 1 in the past three drafts, but it’s never a bad idea to invest in the position. The Giants could use help at either guard spot or center, and this feels like a good spot to grab the best interior offensive lineman in the draft. Both O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida) and Steve Avila (TCU) would make sense, but only if the Giants were wiped out at wide receiver and cornerback.
The Giants could go in several different directions with their top choice in the 2023 NFL Draft. But expect them to pick either a wide receiver or a cornerback at No. 25.
Early Odds on Giants
The Giants playoff chances are far from set with the 2023 season more than four months away. That doesn’t mean you can’t grab future odds on the Giants now.
Last month, NewYorkBets.com placed the Giants among the NFL’s most engaged fan bases.
How do oddsmakers see the team heading into Brian Daboll’s second season? It looks like a repeat of last year in the NFC East, per DraftKings New York Sportsbook.
The Giants (+500) are picked third in the division, behind the defending NFC champion Eagles (+115) and the Dallas Cowboys (+175). FanDuel NY has the same order but a better payoff on the Giants bet (+550). The Giants Super Bowl odds on Draft Kings are +4000, tied for 15th with the Seattle Seahawks and Las Vegas Raiders. FanDuel has the same odds.
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