One bold NFL prediction for Giants No. 6 overall pick Malik Nabers in 2024

Malik Nabers has the skills to be the next big show in the Big Apple.
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The New York Giants are sticking with Daniel Jones at quarterback and are giving him a offensive playmaker who “can do everything.”  In drafting Malik Nabers with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Big Blue are not only providing Jones with a tremendous athlete, but they are also injecting into their offense one of the most explosive players since Odell Beckham Jr.

Nabers, like Beckham, enters the NFL out of LSU and looks to be the next in a line of great wide receivers to have enter the league over the last decade.  Boy, do the Giants need him.  With an offense that was anemic a year ago, Brian Daboll needs to add some excitement to his offense and give Jones a No. 1 target, precisely a player who can do it all.

Giants, Daniel Jones already loves everything about Malik Nabers

In signing off on the selection of Nabers, Jones knows he has a player with all the traits to be an instant impact.

“I think he can be a tremendous weapon for us,” Jones said during minicamp. “He can do everything, there’s not much he can’t do really from a route-running standpoint. He’s dynamic either way the ball in his hands, and strong, fast, explosive, catches the ball well. Yeah, he does a lot well.”

If it wasn’t for Marvin Harrison Jr. being in the same draft, Nabers would’ve been the consensus top receiver prospect coming out of college.  Even in the same draft class as MHJ, some still considered Nabers the player who will have the best NFL career.  Looking at his numbers during his final season at LSU, it is hard to debate.

In starting all 13 games during his final season, Nabers earned First-team Associated Press All-American honors after leading the SEC with 89 receptions for 1,569 yards and 14 receiving TDs.  With his ability to change speed during routes, get up and leap for the ball and outright blow by defenders, Nabers is drawing comparisons to Justin Jefferson, but could he be even better if he’s not depended on too much to do everything in the Giants’ offense.

Malik Nabers will come as advertised and achieve more than expected

With that said, there is no doubt Nabers will be a top target with the Giants immediately.  They do have a second-year receiver in Jalin Hyatt expected to take a Year 2 leap.  They also have a group of veteran receivers who will help complement Nabers and Hyatt in Darius Slayton, Allen Robinson II, Wan’Dale Robinson and Isaiah McKenzie.  But it will be the Malik Nabers show in the Big Apple.

It won’t take long for Nabers to put up his first 100-yard receiving game.  In fact, that will come Week 1 against the Washington Commanders.  After a strong debut, the real bold prediction will be his final numbers during his first season with the Giants.  He’ll exceed OBJ’s rookie season performance with 1500 receiving yards. 

Beckham did achieve that playing in just 12 games, but with the focus on Nabers as the season goes along, his ability to still put up numbers while being the player opposing team’s gamplan for will be impressive.  He’ll even have one of those signature one-handed catches that put OBJ on the map.  The Giants and Daniel Jones will love everything about Nabers in 2024.