New York Giants address offensive line, find a developmental quarterback in 7-round mock draft

In this 7-round mock draft the New York Giants take several difference makers on the offensive side of the ball.
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The New York Giants were the surprise team of the 2022 season making the playoffs after going 4-13 in 2021. Unfortunately, though the team had another disappointing season in 2023 finishing 6-11.

To get back to the playoffs the Giants will need to improve in several areas. On the offensive side of the ball, they need to add more targets to the passing game that finished 31st in the NFL last year. They also need to rebuild their offensive line which gave up five sacks a game, and will likely look for help both at tackle and offensive guard. If that were not enough the team will also likely lose their top playmaker Saquon Barkley who is scheduled to be a free agent.

On the defensive side of the ball, the team also needs to upgrade in several areas. One of the more pressing needs is cornerback as the team could lose Adoree Jackson in free agency. The Giants will also likely address a rushing defense that finished 29th in the NFL last year.

While the Giants have plenty of holes to fill this offseason, they will likely look to address most of these needs in the NFL Draft. The main reason for this is that New York is only expected to have around 28 million dollars in cap space. Thankfully, the team does have a top-ten pick and a total of three picks in the first 50 selections of the 2024 NFL Draft.

New York Giants 2024 Mock Draft: Top tackle beefs up O-line

Round 1 Pick 6: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

The New York Giants would love to get a franchise quarterback with the sixth overall pick, but the top three quarterbacks will be off the board by the time they pick. This will likely make them decide on an offensive tackle or wide receiver with the sixth overall pick. While grabbing a wide receiver like Malik Nabers is tempting, they must address an offensive line that gave up the second-most sacks in NFL history.

With the selection of Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt, the Giants get some to replace Evan Neal, who has been a bust since being the 7th selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Alt is coming off a stellar season that saw him graded out as the only tackle in the country to post 85.0-plus grades as a pass blocker and a run blocker according to Pro Football Focus.