2024 NFL draft: Giants address multiple needs in 7-round mock

The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana gets underway this week and draft prospects will rise or fall depending on how they test.

Before those wild swings occur, those of us at Giants Wire took our first stab at a full 7-round mock draft focusing solely on the New York Giants.

Because our previous Round 1 mock draft was so controversial, we eliminated all trades in this one. That’s obviously not how the actual draft will play out but only allowing a single trade last time was justifiably unrealistic as well.

For this mock draft, we once again used the Pro Football Focus mock draft simulator and left all settings on default. We chose only for the Giants.

Here’s a look at the Giants’ seven-pick haul.

Round 1 (No. 6): Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

With the top three quarterbacks off the board and no trades in this draft, the Giants snag a true WR1 with Washington’s Rome Odunze, who has become an increasingly popular mock to the team.

Round 2 (No. 39): J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

J.J. McCarthy is currently rising up the draft boards and it’s highly unlikely he’ll be available to the Giants with this pick. However, he was in this mock draft and there was no way we could pass on him.

Round 2 (No. 47): Jonah Elliss, EDGE, Utah

The Giants are in desperate need of edge rushers to pair with Kayvon Thibodeaux and Jonah Elliss is a productive option at this spot. There’s a lot of debate about where Elliss will ultimately go — some say he’s a top 5 edge rusher in the draft and others say developmental Round 3 talent — but from a pure pass rush perspective, he can help the Giants on Day 1.

Round 3 (No. 70): Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State

This pick was about pairing value with need. Outside of Johnny Wilson, the Giants would have had to reach for another player of need, so adding the 6-foot-6 target seemed like the optimal choice. He gives Big Blue the tall target at wide receiver they currently lack and while he’s a bit inconsistent, he could develop into a quality option over time. On Day 1, he’d fit in as part of a rotation.

Round 4 (No. 108): Audric Estime, RB, Notre Dame

Audric Estime, a New York native, is a 5-foot-11, 227-pound power back. Assuming the Giants go with more of a rotation in 2024, he would provide a unique element to the backfield with his patience and North-South running style. He’s not going to break a bit one and out-run speedy defenders and he’ll need to improve as a receiver, but in short-yardage situations, Estime would be a good one to have.

Round 5 (No. 140): Cooper Beebe, OG, Kansas State

The Giants are likely to sign a pair of guards in free agency but that won’t mean their work is done. They are exceptionally thin along the line and Cooper Beebe would not only provide immediate depth, but could develop into a long-term starter. He’s got the ideal size (6-foot-4, 335 pounds) and strength, and provides a little versatility having taken snaps at every OL position other than center. In the run game, he’d be a monster.

Round 6 (No. 185): Jaylin Simpson, S, Auburn

The Giants are going to need some defensive backs this offseason and not selecting more in this mock could be viewed as a negative. Jaylin Simpson is a tall, speedy and slender safety who isn’t afraid to lay the boom on opposing tight ends and running backs. He’s solid in coverage and capable against the run, and can play multiple positions. If he tests well at the NFL Combine, he might climb to a Day 2 pick.

PFF grade: A

Story originally appeared on Giants Wire