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We have learned a lot about Giants GM Joe Schoen, but that won’t help us predict the Giants’ draft | Big Blue View

Hired on Jan. 21, 2022, we have learned a lot about Joe Schoen as a general manager of the New York Giants in the last 455 days. But that does not mean we any real idea what Schoen will do in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The second year GM will likely do his best not to give media any hints into those plans when he holds his pre-draft press conference on Thursday. Maybe the best indication of what to expect next weekend is Schoen believes the team is now in a “build mode” compared with attempting to fix the roster he inherited when he was first hired.

“I don’t want to say this starts the build, because we made some moves last year and through the draft and some waiver wire claims that are still going to be here,” he said in January. “But this is finally where we have flexibility and draft capital, second draft class. And we can really start building this thing knowing that we have Daniel in place.”

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Giants mock draft analysis: Want Daniel Jones to blossom? Keep bolstering supporting cast | The Athletic

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2023 NFL mock draft with all trades: Deals for all 31 Round 1 picks |

Giants get: WR DeAndre Hopkins, 2-34

Cardinals get: 1-25, 4-128

The Giants would move down nine picks and send a fourth-rounder to the Cardinals to acquire Hopkins, who hasn’t attracted significant trade interest this offseason. By the Johnson chart, this deal would value Hopkins as being worth the 77th pick in a typical draft, which is close to the middle of the third round. Hopkins is unquestionably a great player, but he’s also 30, coming off seasons marred by injury and a performance-enhancing drug suspension and is hoping to land a new contract. This is probably where his value sits now, which could be a buy-low opportunity for the Giants.

Giants hosting top safety on final day of prospect visits |

Drafting a safety not an idea that has been associated with the Giants often during the days leading up to this year’s NFL Draft, but it’s possible that Alabama’s Brian Branch—the best safety on the draft board—will be available when the 25th pick is made. Branch reportedly had a visit scheduled with the Giants Wednesday, which was the last day draft prospects can visit teams ahead of the draft.

1 Prospect Each Team Must Avoid in 2023 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report

While some analysts, such as Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo of PFF, have New York going with a defender like Georgia’s Nolan Smith in the first round, Big Blue should instead prioritize fleshing out an offense that started slowing down late in 2022. Barkley didn’t have any 100-plus rushing yard games after mid-November and didn’t even eclipse the 63-yard rushing mark in seven of his last nine appearances including the playoffs.

Giants seven-round NFL Mock Draft: Prioritizing receiver, corner | New York Post

Whichever order you prefer, it is hard to argue those wide receiver and cornerback are the two areas the Giants need to upgrade sooner rather than later. In his latest mock, Paul Schwartz offers his picks for all seven rounds.

Round 1, No. 25 overall: Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU
Round 2, No. 57 overall: Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
Round 3, No. 89 overall: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
Round 4, No. 128 overall: Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
Round 5, No. 160 overall, Colby Wooden, DT, Auburn
Round 5, No. 172 overall: Chandler Zavala, G, North Carolina State
Round 6, No. 209 overall: Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State
Round 7, No. 240 overall: Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas
Round 7, No. 243 overall: Marte Mapu, LB/S, Sacramento State
Round 7, No. 254 overall: Karl Brooks, DT, Bowling Green

NFL Draft: Ranking my 10 favorite first-round fits for NY Giants | The Record

Giants will have a lot of first-round options in next week's NFL Draft with the 25th selection, including moving up or down. The Record's Art Stapleton offers his cluster of ten players who could be available the Giants should consider: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College; Jordan Addison, WR, USC; Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State; Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland; Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State; Will McDonald, OLB, Iowa State; John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota; Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson; Keion White, DL/OLB, Georgia Tech; and Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

2023 NFL Mock Draft: Bryce Young lands with Panthers | PFF

25. New York Giants: C Joe Tippmann, Wisconsin

Tippmann is an athletic center who gives the Giants the makings of something special up front. They’ve seen first-hand in their division how the Cowboys and Eagles offensive lines have given their respective offenses high floors, and they’re looking to join the club.

NFL Mock Draft 2023: Texans, Buccaneers, Giants all trade up |

With just more than a week before the 2023 NFL draft, NFL insider Jonathan Jones takes his first crack at a mock draft. In a trade with Seattle, the Giants move up to 20 to pick Boston College WR Zay Flowers.

I love this pairing so much that I had to make it happen in this mock. Otherwise, the Chargers were going to take Flowers and check-off their need for speed at wideout. Giants have to get ahead of L.A. in this mock to get their guy.

The Ringer's 2023 NFL Mock Draft |

25. Emmanuel Forbes, Defensive Back, Mississippi State

The Giants finished tied for dead last in interceptions, with six in 2022. Forbes had six interceptions on his own last year in 12 games. The big question around Forbes will be his size (just 166 pounds), but the former Bulldogs star makes up for it with playmaking instincts and anticipation in coverage. He’s a big play waiting to happen for a defense, and that’s exactly what the Giants need.

Around the league

2023 NFL Draft: 5 NFL defensive players who could be traded during the draft | PFF

Eagles mock draft: What if Philadelphia trades up for Jalen Carter? | FOX Sports

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones on Dallas possibly drafting RB Bijan Robinson: ‘You never know’ |

Tua Tagovailoa Says He Considered Retirement After Multiple 2022 Concussions |

Panthers GM Has Not Told Bryce Young He’ll Be No. 1 Pick | The 33rd Team

First-round prospect Calijah Kancey took no team visits | ProFootballTalk

Jalen Carter expects off-field incident to impact his draft stock 'a little bit' |

49ers receiving trade calls for former first-round QB Trey Lance |

Sean McDermott: “Feels natural” to call defensive plays | ProFootballTalk

Deshaun Watson feels 'night and day' difference after year in Cleveland |

Sports leagues form coalition to promote limits on betting ads |

Phil Simms won't believe Tom Brady will call games for Fox until he sees it | ProFootballTalk

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