Giants Post-Combine Mock Draft: Daniel Jones Replacement Paired With Electric Playmaker

The NFL Combine was a news packed week for the New York Giants as draft rumors, free agency news, and a potential retirement swirl.

New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen talks to the media during his bye week news conference
New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen talks to the media during his bye week news conference / Art Stapleton/NorthJersey.com / USA
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4. 70th Overall Pick: Zak Zinter, OG

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Zak Zinter (65) against the
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Zak Zinter (65) against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After a disastrous 2024 season where the Giants had a revolving door at guard, the Giants further muddied the future by cutting veteran Mark Glowinski. The Giants will certainly add a guard in the NFL Draft and no one is more desirable than Michigan Guard Zak Zinter.

The All-American has shown his ability with a Unanimous All-American selection, two first-team All-Big Ten selections, and a second-team All-Big Ten selection.

If not for a season-ending leg injury Zinter would be in the conversation for a first-round selection making the team lucky to land Zinter in the third round. This pick makes even more sense if the team adds Zinter's college teammate JJ McCarthy. The addition of Zinter would immediately bolster the Giants' offensive line giving the team a potential building block on the offensive line.

5. 108th Overall Pick: Maason Smith, DT

Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive lineman Maason Smith (DL24) talks to
Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State defensive lineman Maason Smith (DL24) talks to / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

After trading away Leonard Williams, the Giants will need to find a reliable replacement to play alongside Dexter Lawrence on the inside. In terms of size Maason Smith matches up nearly identically to Leonard Williams while being a relatively raw prospect. The versatility of Smith is what suits the Giants well as Smith has experience rushing from the interior and off the edge.

The team most likely won't get an instant impact out of Smith, however, after some time in the NFL Smith's athleticism could lead to him becoming a pro-bowl-caliber player. Smith has just as much if not more talent than any defensive tackle in this year's draft class and with proper coaching the LSU defender could become a star for the Giants.