Giants Draft Target: One wide receiver steal with great ‘burst’ in the mid-rounds

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The New York Giants invested big money and a first-round pick on the wide receiver position last off-season, so we shouldn’t expect them to be investing too much capital under new general manager Joe Schoen this year.

However, taking a receiver in the mid-rounds is always a good idea, especially with some talented individuals available in the upcoming draft. With names like Jameson Williams and Chris Olave gaining most of the headlines, one underrated receiver who could end up being a steal in the 3rd round is Western Michigan stand-out Skyy Moore.

Moore is a reliable pass catcher, finishing the 2021 season with 1,283 yards and 10 touchdown receptions. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Moore isn’t a big body receiver who thrives downfield but rather uses his agility and elusiveness to make tacklers miss.

The Western Michigan star possesses a wide variety of release packages, most notably a jab step that often forces corners to open their hips in the wrong direction, allowing him to change course and gain leverage, whether it be toward the boundary or the middle of the field.

Against Eastern Michigan this past season, Moore tallied seven broken tackles and 181 yards from scrimmage. He also recorded 10 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh, one of the team’s biggest upset wins of the year. All of his lowest graded games came back in 2019 when he was a freshman but posted incredible grades last year via PFF.

Last season, Moore dropped four passes, good for a 3.9% rate. If you take a look at Darius Slayton from the New York Giants, he recorded an 18.8% drop rate this past season, a significant difference. As a pure receiver, Moore is capable of moving around the offensive backfield as a slot, boundary option, or in-motion to confuse opposing defenses.

The idea of having Kadarius Toney and Moore in bunch receiver sets or combo concepts provides the Giants with a ton of creativity they can explore.

Under new head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, Big Blue could open up the offense entirely with athletic players like Skyy. Investing just a third-round pick in his services would be a home run, especially since most are giving him a 2nd round grade. With so many receiving options in the mid rounds this year, it is realistic that Moore could drop to the early portions of the third round, where the Giants have the 67th overall pick.