Post-Free Agency Giants Mock Draft Addresses WR and QB

After solidifying the offensive line in free agency, the Giants have flexibility heading into the NFL Draft where they will target playmakers and long term pieces.

New York Giants Head Coach, Brian Daboll, in the fourth quarter, just before his team beat the
New York Giants Head Coach, Brian Daboll, in the fourth quarter, just before his team beat the / Kevin R. Wexler / USA TODAY NETWORK
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47th Overall Pick - Michael Penix Jr - Quarterback

Jan 30, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; National quarterback Michael Penix Jr. of Washington (9) throws the
Jan 30, 2024; Mobile, AL, USA; National quarterback Michael Penix Jr. of Washington (9) throws the / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants added Drew Lock this offseason, which somewhat hints at the Giants wavering belief in Daniel Jones.

The sixth pick likely puts the Giants out of reach at an immediate starting option at quarterback, however, here in the second round the team lands a developmental option in Michael Penix Jr. We've seen Penix develop in an NFL-style system as Kalen DeBoer and Ryan Grubb turned Penix from a late day three pick into a player considered in the first round.

While Penix's arm strength won't blow anyone away, his accuracy will. The reason Penix isn't the slam dunk round-one prospect is due to a shaky injury history and a lack of athletic traits.

Penix is much similar to Teddy Bridgewater as a prospect, lacking the explosive arm or the rushing ability, but could become a solid passer in the right system.

70th overall pick - Will Shipley - Running Back

Dec 29, 2023; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Clemson Tigers running back Will Shipley (1) runs during the
Dec 29, 2023; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Will Shipley (1) runs during the / Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

The aspect of Saquon Barkley's game that the Giants will miss the most is his ability in the receiving game, compared to Devin Singletary who's a traditional runner. Here the Giants add a do-it-all back in Clemson's Will Shipley.

If not for inconsistent quarterback play during Shipley's time at Clemson, he may be in the conversation as an option at the end of the first round.

Shipley had an incredible 2022 campaign, rushing for 1,182 yards while recording 242 yards receiving and 15 total touchdowns. Unfortunately he saw a dip as the Tigers struggled all around in 2023, rushing for just 827 yards with 244 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.

While being a receiving threat, Shipley's ability running the ball will be attractive for the Giants as well with his athleticism jumping off the charts. Shipley would create a dynamic 1-2 punch with Devin Singletary giving the Giants two explosive backs with different styles of play.