Giants Mock Draft: Finding a replacement for QB Daniel Jones… in a unique way

The Giants suffered from injuries and lackluster play on the offense in 2023. While QB Daniel Jones will likely remain in New York next season, the front office should be actively searching for a better option. In today’s mock draft, they find one.

Nov 11, 2023; Berkeley, California, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward (1)
Nov 11, 2023; Berkeley, California, USA; Washington State Cougars quarterback Cameron Ward (1) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Round 2, No. 46 (via WSH) — Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

The Giants' offense could use some reinforcements, and they find one in the form of Ohio State cornerback Denzel Burke. The Buckeye alum is a superb athlete with extensive starting experience on the boundary.

His technique is polished, using strong hands and impressive footwork to stick with defenders downfield. Burke shows adequate ball skills and a knack for disrupting passing lanes by reading the quarterback’s eyes and breaking on the routes.

He profiles well as a partner-in-crime for Deonte Banks. Both display a competitive nature necessary for standing out at cornerback on Sundays. In a division featuring Jalen Hurts, Dak Prescott, and likely one of Caleb Williams or Drake Maye, addressing the secondary is crucial.

Brian Daboll Gets A Potential Cheat Code At WR

Round 3, No. 70 — Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

Malachi Corley gets lost in the shuffle in a stacked wide receiver class. The Hilltopper alum is short but incredibly stocky and works as a bowling ball with the rock in his hands.

In a Daboll system, Corley can use his YAC proficiency to churn out yardage while the offensive guru schemes up plenty of free releases for his new weapon.

Round 4, No. 105 — Zak Zinter, OL, Michigan

Unfortunately for Zak Zinter, his season came to an abrupt end with a devastating injury vs. Ohio State. It will likely require an entire offseason of rehab, along with missing at least the first month of the 2024 campaign.

While that stinks for Zinter, it allows the Giants to get a steal at the beginning of Day 3. The offensive line needs juice on the interior, and Zinter is full of it. He’s a bruising blocker in the run game and utilizes impeccable hand usage to thwart pass rushers from the interior.

The Giants may have to wait on Zinter, but by the time Ward is ready to assume QB1 duties, the Michigan veteran should have a clean bill of health. It’s a worthwhile risk at No. 105 in this mock draft.

Round 5, No. 140 — Darius Robinson, DL, Missouri

A “tweener” on the defensive line, Darius Robinson would find success lined up alongside Dexter Lawrence. Robinson will be at the Senior Bowl with a chance to showcase his strength, pass-rushing chops, and motor as a three-down player.

Round 6, No. 183 — Rasheen Ali, RB, Marshall

Whether Saquon Barkley leaves the franchise or not, it would be wise for the Giants to bolster the running back room. Rasheen Ali, a Marshall product, boasts starting-caliber traits.

He dealt with injuries and other issues that kept him off the field in 2022, but after a nice bounce-back season, expect Ali to be a draft darling in the eyes of some evaluators… including yours truly.

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