Wild Giants-Lions trade shakes up Round 1

The 2023 NFL season is officially over and the 2024 NFL Combine is next up on the yearly schedule. That event will provide teams with a first-hand look at many of the 2024 NFL draft prospects and help them compile their big boards.

While the results of free agency will most certainly impact the plan of each general manager, mock drafts are still being conducted and released at a fever pitch.

Those of us at Giants Wire decided to conduct a mock draft of our own using the Pro Football Focus simulator. All settings were left on default and the only added rule we implemented was that we could not initiate a trade. We could, however, accept trades offered to us (based on the NFL draft value chart).

We selected only for the Giants. All other picks were made by AI based on positional needs, positional value, and “randomness.”

Here are the wild Round 1 results.

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The Chicago Bears officially pull the plug on Justin Fields and make the obvious choice of Caleb Williams first overall.

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The Washington Commanders are widely expected to take a quarterback here but in this simulation, they instead opt for superstar wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

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The new Patriots regime starts over fresh with quarterback Drake Maye, who is likely to start on Day 1 over Mac Jones.

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After missing out on Harrison Jr., the Arizona Cardinals take the second-best wide receiver in the draft — Malik Nabers.

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The Los Angeles Chargers upgrade their offensive line with one of the best — if not the best — tackles in the draft.

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The Detroit Lions initiated a trade that sent four total picks to the New York Giants. With that pick, they overdraft cornerback Cooper DeJean.

Lions receive: No. 6 overall pick

Giants receive: No. 29, No. 61, and No. 73 picks in 2024 and a Round 2 pick in 2025.

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The Tennessee Titans are locked in at quarterback and must now beef up their offensive line. Taliese Fuaga is a nice addition.

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The Atlanta Falcons snag the best tight end in the draft in Brock Bowers, pairing him with Kyle Pitts for a very unique combination.

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New quarterback? Check. A top wide receiver in Rome Odunze to pair with Caleb? Check.

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The New York Jets have several needs but opt to pair Sauce Gardner with Nate Wiggins.

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The Minnesota Vikings need to beef up their trenches and in Round 1, they focus on the offensive side of things with the selection of Olu Fashanu.

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Terrion Arnold’s stock is on the rise but this still seems a little early for him. The Denver Broncos, at least according to this simulation, disagree.

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Jayden Daniels’ surprise slide ends with the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 13.

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The New Orleans Saints take the biggest gamble of the first round with defensive lineman Byron Murphy II, who is trending in a positive direction but perhaps not top 15.

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The Indianapolis Colts help load up on defense by adding Dallas Turner, one of the best edge rushers in the draft.

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The Seattle Seahawks make it back-to-back edge rushers off the board with the selection of Laiatu Latu.

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Quinyon Mitchell brings some versatility to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ secondary. He play in the slot or on the outside.

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The mid-round run on edge rushers continues with Jared Verse going to the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Los Angeles Rams go with offensive tackle JC Latham after missing out on a trio of edge rushers.

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With Diontae Johnson’s future in question, the Pittsburgh Steelers land wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr.

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The Miami Dolphins are another team who could be on the lookout for edge rushers but instead, take offensive lineman Jackson Powers-Johnson a bit higher than he’s projected to go.

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The Philadelphia Eagles don’t have a glaring need at offensive tackle but in this sim, they went with Amarius Mims anyway. Perhaps the value was too good to pass up.

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Jer’Zhan Newton is one of the draft’s top interior defensive linemen and he ends up with the Houston Texans.

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The Cowboys match need with value and land Kool-Aid McKinstry to add to their secondary.

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Troy Franklin is capable of taking the top off an opposing defense and gives the Green Bay Packers a true deep threat.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers add a quality anchor to their offensive line, pairing Troy Fautanu with Tristan Wirfs.

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Tyler Guyton is a plug-and-play option for the Arizona Cardinals, who add much-needed pass protection with this pick.

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Payton Wilson has some potential medical concerns but if those check out, the Buffalo Bills get one of the draft’s top players at his position.


The Giants get a haul for the No. 6 overall pick and end up landing quarterback J.J. McCarthy anyway. This would be an ideal scenario for general manager Joe Schoen, who can address multiple other positions with the added picks.

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The Baltimore Ravens, long known for their tough defense, add a legitimate run-stopping safety in Tyler Nubin.

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Most analysts believe cornerback Ennis Rakestraw Jr. is a Day 2 player but in this sim, the San Francisco 49ers don’t wait and snag him near the end of Round 1.

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The Kansas City Chiefs may be Super Bowl champions but they have issues along the offensive line and at wide receiver. They address one of those concerns with offensive tackle Graham Barton.

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