7 Small-School Prospects the Giants Should Target in Draft

Every mock draft is filled with power five prospects however, there are a few small school players the Giants should target in the NFL Draft
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Michael Pratt - Quarterback - Tulane

If the Giants pass on a quarterback early in the NFL Draft they'll likely look to add a developmental quarterback in the end of the draft or in unrestricted free agency. In that case,, Michael Pratt deserves a serious look.

As a four-year starter at Tulane, Pratt passed for 9,603 yards with 90 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. He's shown an ability as a runner as well, rushing for 1,145 yards and 28 touchdowns without ever losing a fumble.

We saw Brian Daboll get the most out of Tommy DeVito in 2023, which makes you wonder what he could do with a more talented quarterback he picks. Pratt is bigger than DeVito with much better college tape, making him an intriguing developmental option for the Giants if they don't select a quarterback early on.

Jay Stanley - Safety - Southern Miss

Another star player from the Sun Belt Conference and teammate of Frank Gore Jr, Jay Stanley is an underrated draft prospect. Stanley started his career at Ole Miss before transferring to Southern Miss breaking out.

In 2022, Stanley recorded 56 tackles while leading the team with five interceptions, three forced fumbles, and seven pass breakups. He'd deal with injuries in 2023, but still had a solid year, leading the team in interceptions and pass breakups.

After losing Xavier McKinney in free agency Jay Stanley could be a perfect fit at safety for the Giants heading into 2024. The position is currently filled by Jalen Mills and maybe Isaiah Simmons, making it possible for a late-round rookie to break through.

Eyabi Okie-Anoma - Edge Rusher - Charlotte

Major college football fans will recognize this name as Anoma was once the third-ranked recruit in the country behind only Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence. Anoma started his career at Alabama before transferring to UT Martin then Michigan, and finally Charlotte. Anoma was a solid edge rusher at Michigan, recording four sacks as a backup before leading Charlotte with 5.5 sacks.

Drafting Anoma is betting on raw ability, as he's shown he has the talent to be a productive player; we haven't seen him put it together for a consistent stretch. The Giants already have a deep edge room with Brian Burns, Kayvon Thibodeaux, and Azeez Ojulari however, an emergence from Anoma could allow the Giants to move on from Ojulari.

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