Giants 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: WR remains popular pick for Big Blue

Boston College Eagles wide receiver Zay Flowers.
Boston College Eagles wide receiver Zay Flowers. / Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 season was a huge turnaround campaign for the Giants. And now, one year after making two top-10 picks, Big Blue finds itself on the back end of the first round entering the 2023 NFL Draft.

After making the playoffs in Brian Daboll's first season as head coach, there's still plenty of work to do for GM Joe Schoen and the front office. The team and quarterback Daniel Jones' agents are set to exit the 2023 NFL Combine Sunday "with no contract resolution in sight," as the March 7 franchise tag deadline approaches. Once and if they work out a deal to bring Jones back, they can focus in on what prospects could fit in the offense and become a top target.

With that in mind, here’s who some of the experts have the Giants selecting in their latest mock drafts with pick No. 25.

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

WR Jalin Hyatt (Tennessee)

Daniel Jones needs more weapons to be properly evaluated, so the Giants get him Jalin Hyatt. "He can extend the field with his speed, which will allow underneath opportunities for Wan'Dale Robinson, your second-round pick last year, as well as Daniel Bellinger, the tight end, who I thought played really well when he was available last year. Hyatt is still raw as a route-runner, but certainly he's a player who has a very specific skill set that will force defenses to be honest and allow those players to be productive underneath."

Kent Weyrauch, FantasyPros

WR Zay Flowers (Boston College)

Zay Flowers had a breakout season as a true Sophomore with 892 yards and nine touchdowns on just 56 receptions. The Boston College prospect joins a Giants team that could certainly use a culture shift at wide receiver. Flowers’ route-running and ball-tracking skills should boost their offense on day one.

Trevor Sikkema, Pro Football Focus

WR Jordan Addison (USC)

The Giants would probably favor a big-bodied wide receiver in the first round, but you can only pick from the players left on the board. There just aren’t a lot of those laying around in this class. Using the term “settling” for Jordan Addison would be an insult to his production over the past few years. He’d be a potential WR1 for that offense, despite a smaller size at 6-foot and 180 pounds.

Bottom Line: Addison has one of the higher floors among receivers in the draft class due to his blend of route-running chops and all-around athleticism.

Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) runs the ball against the UCLA Bruins during the first half at the Rose Bowl
Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) runs the ball against the UCLA Bruins during the first half at the Rose Bowl / Gary A. Vasquez - USA TODAY Sports

Bucky Brooks,

WR Zay Flowers (Boston College)

The Giants need more weapons on the perimeter. Flowers is an electric playmaker with sticky hands and outstanding route-running skills.

Walter Football

WR Jordan Addison (USC)

The Giants don't have much at receiver, especially after trading Kadarius Toney. Daniel Jones needs more help.

Jordan Addison has game-breaking speed, and he had an incredible 2021 campaign with 17 touchdowns. He's a major reason why Kenny Pickett was drafted in the first round.

Nick Baumgardner, The Athletic

LB Drew Sanders (Arkansas)

Long with range for days as an off-ball LB, Sanders is really freaky. The more I watch of him, the more he grows on me. And the more he plays, the better he gets. The Giants have a great staff, so this feels like a good fit.

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

WR Zay Flowers (Boston College)

Assuming they strike deals with Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, the Giants have to turn their attention to restocking the receivers room.