3 Giants Draft Picks Who Are Officially Busts Following 2023 Season

The New York Giants had a disappointing 2023 season, and it didn't help that there were a few players who haven't made an impact over the last few years.

September 21, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Evan Neal (73)
September 21, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Evan Neal (73) / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Giants are coming off a disappointing 2023 season that saw them win six games and finish in third place in the NFC East after they made the NFL playoffs in 2022.

The Giants’ struggles this season were partly because of various injuries they suffered at the quarterback spot (Daniel Jones) and inconsistent play from the offense and defense. The young players they drafted over the last couple of years have stepped up.

However, there are a few players who haven’t lived up to their expectations over the past 3-4 years that could land them in “bust” territory. Let’s break down those players who struggled in the Big Apple over the years and discuss why they haven’t been successful.

1. Evan Neal – 2022 Round 1, Pick 7

The former first-round pick hasn’t had it easy in his first two years in the NFL. Neal only played in seven games this season due to an ankle injury that forced him to go on injured reserve. 

The 6-foot-7 offensive lineman was graded as the 82nd-best offensive tackle in the league this season, which could be better. Neal had a lot of promise coming out of Alabama, as he was viewed as a Year 1 starter by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

However, Neal was an instant Day 1 starter as a rookie and struggled, which is expected for a young player getting adjusted to the league. Giants fans haven’t been happy with the lack of progress by the young offensive lineman, let alone the entire offensive line, which allowed 85 sacks this season.

New York fans hope Neal can turn in a healthy 2024 and play like the top-tier offensive lineman he was billed as coming out of Alabama.