Giants 7-Round Mock Draft 3.0: Major Trade Shakes Things Up

The 2024 NFL Draft is now 24 days away and new speculations are swirling around what the Giants could do in the top-10 picks.

New York Giants brass watches first-round pick Deonte Banks during his introductory news conference
New York Giants brass watches first-round pick Deonte Banks during his introductory news conference / Art Stapleton/ / USA
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47th Overall Pick - Javon Bullard, Safety

Once the Giants address the quarterback position, the next most important hole to fill is the safety spot. With Xavier McKinney departing for Green Bay, New York needs a weapon they can plug in and play starting snaps right away, accompanied by guys like Dane Belton who has potential but might need more time. 

At the 47th selection, the Giants will select Georgia safety Javon Bullard. As one of the top safeties on the draft board, Bullard is coming off a 2023 season in which he finished third on the Bulldogs’ defensive leaderboard with 56 total tackles, two interceptions and five pass deflections. He was one of the best graded coverage corners in college, earning a career-high 88.4 grade on PFF

Bullard has captured the attention of scouts for his shifty feet and hips that allow him to change directions, attack downhill to help swallow up the run, or stay with most receivers in man coverage as well. He forced 43 stops in his Georgia tenure, allowed a 53.8% reception rate, which was a career-low, and gave up only two touchdowns in three years with the school. 

The Giants land him in the second round and have an experienced ballhawk coming from elite SEC competition to headline their deep secondary. 

70th Overall Pick - Mason McCormick, Interior Offensive Lineman

The Giants’ free agent decisions involved picking up a few offensive linemen, particularly Jon Runyan and Jermaine Eluemunor who figure to compete for the right guard and tackle spots this summer. This will allow them to push the need for additional linemen down a couple rounds and I believe they could address it in round 3 with one of the best available left guards remaining. 

McCormick is a bit older than most prospects with six years of experience with the Jackrabbits, but that could be what the Giants need to fortify their front line to compete next season. He is a very healthy prospect that’s played at least 832 snaps in his last three seasons and graded out really well in both pass and run blocking metrics. 

Over the same span, McCormick has given up just two sacks and was a crystal clean blocker last fall. He has the upper body strength and length paired with lower leverage to win the gap battles and push pressure back into the second level. That could work wonders for a Giants’ run game that has been mediocre even behind the past athletic efforts of Saquon Barkley. 

McCormick’s only issue is his penalties—he had 10 total last season—but he is a guy that the Giants could plug in at left guard eventually and have a stout component to a position that’s currently a revolving door.