NFL Mock Draft: NY Giants rock with SEC CB in the first round

STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI – OCTOBER 08: Emmanuel Forbes #13 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Davis Wade Stadium on October 08, 2022 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)

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With the 2023 NFL Draft a little over a month away, the NY Giants are doing serious research on guys they’d like to don a Big Blue jersey. As of this writing, New York has 10 picks to use in this year’s draft to help fill out their roster and make improvements at positions of need.

Following the first major wave of free agency, the Giants and Joe Schoen have done a tremendous job at filling out different positions, making it much easier to attempt to narrow down who they might select.

This is still a difficult task, don’t get us wrong, as, despite the moves Schoen has made, there are still plenty of units to focus on. With that being said, let’s take a look at what the 2023 NFL Draft could look like for the Giants:

NY Giants Round 1 pick: CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State

While it originally seemed like a lock for the Giants to take a wide receiver in the first round of this year’s draft class, the way free agency has gone makes it seem as if all signs are pointing towards their first-round selection being used on a corner.

There are so many incredibly talented corners that are likely to go in the first round. However, due to both fit, and where the Giants are making their selection in the first round (25th overall), it seems like Emmanuel Forbes out of Mississippi State is going to be their best bet.

Don’t take this as “settling” for Forbes, as he has one of the highest upsides out of everyone in this draft due to his freakish athleticism, and abilities as a scheme-versatile corner. While his frame is a little concerning, everything else about his game makes up for it.

Last season, Forbes racked up 48 combined tackles, being one of the better corners in this year’s draft at stopping the run. In addition to this, Forbes allowed just 31 receptions on 58 targets for 284 yards and three touchdowns while also snagging six interceptions and breaking up seven passes.

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