Day Three Players to Watch

The NY Giants came into the 2024 NFL Draft with several holes on their roster. With first pick Malik Nabers, an alpha receiver from LSU, they moved to the defensive side of the ball in the second and third rounds, taking safety Tyler Nubin (Minnesota) and Dru Phillips, a cornerback from Kentucky.

Still, there are needs at the running back, tight end, and interior defensive line, so do not rule out a quarterback at some point.

Who to look at for in the third round:

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Theo Johnson TE Penn State

Darren Waller’s still in limbo regarding his NFL playing career. The Giants added some tight ends in the off-season but ultimately will be left with Daniel Bellinger and Lawrence Cager at the position. Johnson could make sense in this situation. At 6’6 259 pounds, Johnson is an elite athlete. He can be used as a weapon down the seam and make defenders miss across the middle. Johnson did make a draft visit to the Giants.

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Jaylen Wright RB Tennessee

Wright was roommates with current Giants receiver Jaylin Hyatt while they were at Tennessee together. Running back certainly makes sense, especially with the departure of Saquan Barkley. Wright, 5’10 1/2″ 210 pounds, is a speedster using 4.3 speed to bounce things outside. He has the potential to score on every play he touches the ball. He would also serve as a nice out-of-the-backfield check-down.

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Audric Estime RB Notre Dame

A poor 4.5 40 time at the NFL Combine certainly hurt Estime. He’s a powerful runner and plays much faster than that time. At 5’11 211 pounds, he is very hard to tackle when he hits the hole. He would play as a change of pace for the offensive running game.

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Spencer Rattler QB South Carolina

Rattler is 6’0″, considered lacking in the prototypical height category for an NFL QB. He has average arm strength and can run but will not burn anybody with his speed. He would certainly be a project, but he has humbled himself and is willing to sit and learn to become a capable NFL QB.

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Khristian Boyd DT Northern Iowa

A 6’2″ 329 pound defensive tackle, he is very quick off the ball and shows great acceleration. He has short arms, which hurts as he gets caught up in blocks. With some coaching, he can become a successful rotational defensive plug-in player.

Bonus Player

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TJ Tampa CB Iowa St.

A player I felt the Giants could have taken in round 2, the St Petersburg native could come in and help. He is 6’1 and physically uses his long arms to help his cause. He has a nice burst to the ball due to his good instincts, but he does not have the top-gear speed that is looked for in cornerbacks. Big hands can snatch the ball out of the air. He needs to work on his hip and lateral movement to compete with the top NFL receivers.