The New York Giants' picks are set for the 2024 NFL Draft, and while fans may still have an eye on the remainder of the postseason, attention is already starting to turn ahead to the offseason.
For a rebuilding team like the Giants, the obvious headliner of the offseason is going to be the draft. This year that's especially true because the Giants have needs at nearly every position. That makes it an unpredictable year.
And now that we're in the Joe Schoen era, "unpredictable" isn't code for "something so dumb you wouldn't have been able to predict it is going to happen." The unexpected could actually be exciting.
There are some areas that Schoen won't be able to ignore, however. These are the Giants biggest needs in the 2024 NFL Draft.
1. Wide Receiver
Whether you're still a believer in Daniel Jones or would rather the Giants start looking for their next quarterback already, both sides can agree on one thing: whoever is under center needs a lot more help.
A trio of Darius Slayton, Wan'Dale Robinson and Jalin Hyatt is not going to be enough for any quarterback. We saw what Jones can do with those weapons in 2023, and it wasn't pretty. It wouldn't be a whole lot prettier watching a young passer try to develop at the NFL level with weapons like that either.
This year's wide receiver class is incredible, and failing to capitalize on that would be a huge mistake.
2. Offensive Line
I'm not going to even bother specifying which offensive line position here — take your pick. Andrew Thomas' left tackle spot is the only one that doesn't need serious help. Pro Football Focus had the Giants' starters at left guard all the way through right tackle all ranked bottom-five at their positions in overall grade this season.
You can plug in a mid-round pick as a starter and feel pretty confident you're not getting a downgrade.
This is an area where we should see multiple draft picks invested, and it's another "how can you ask any quarterback to succeed if you don't address this?" need.
3. Edge Rusher
In the modern NFL you can throw edge rusher on just about every team's draft needs list — you can never have too many good ones.
Of course, the Giants would settle for just having one good one right now.
Kayvon Thibodeaux is the best one on the roster right now, and he took a massive step back in 2023 after an impressive 2022 rookie campaign. I'm not ready to give up on him yet by any means, but it's clear that he can't be relied on as the only "strong" edge rushing option on the team.
Repeat a lot of what I just said for edge rusher. Teams really need at least three capable cornerbacks right now, and the more the merrier. That leaves the Giants about three good corners short of what you want to have.
There's all sorts of uncertainty at quarterback in New York, and not much help for any player at the position. To some people that might mean it's too early to add a rookie into the fold.
But the upside of hitting on a quarterback is so high that I think it's still worth gambling with a pick — even if it's not a high one. Roll the dice on a mid-round quarterback. Give him some time to get used to the NFL without the pressure of being asked to start right away. Send Daniel Jones a clear message that he'll be replaced if he can't perform.