A single week in the past, forecasting what the Giants would do in the 1st spherical of the NFL Draft was rather effortless. They ended up desperate for a No. 1 receiver, and unquestionably one would be sitting down for them at 11.
Then arrived the four-12 months, $72 million agreement for Kenny Golladay and almost everything modified. It modified even more when they added cornerback Adoree’ Jackson on a a few-calendar year, $39 million offer, checking off a different large need to have. Quickly the Giants experienced filled two of their biggest holes and the draft is however 1 thirty day period absent.
So now what? They nevertheless have wants – edge rusher and offensive line, for case in point – but they’ve actually positioned themselves to go in a huge assortment of directions, not just in the first spherical but with their a few picks in the very first two times.
There is still about a month until eventually draft working day, but here’s a glance at what may well come about, with my first post-free of charge agency three-spherical mock for the Giants, variation 4….
To start with round (11th all round) – Miami DE/LB Gregory Rousseau
A big-time pass rusher has been a white whale of kinds for Giants GM Dave Gettleman. He’s nicely knowledgeable that the toughness of the Giants’ previous two Tremendous Bowl teams was its dominant defensive entrance and he thinks in the “You can never have enough move rushers” adage. Right now, with Leonard Williams, he genuinely only has one.
Which is why it’s challenging to see him passing up on the prime edge rusher in the draft in this article. There are problems with that vision, while. For one particular, this is commonly seen as a fairly down year for edge rushers. And for one more, the 6-7, 265-pound Rousseau is a bit of a risk just after he opted out of the 2020 season. Additionally, some scouts see him as a improved suit as a defensive stop in a 4-3 protection than as a 3-4 linebacker.
I consider the Giants are likely to see a small Jason Pierre-Paul in him, though – an extraordinary athlete who has the potential to be exceptionally disruptive, with a enormous upside if they locate a way to use him correct.
He had 15 ½ sacks back again in 2019. Place him opposite Williams, possibly standing up or with his hand in the filth, and opposing offenses could have a difficult alternative about whom to double.
And which is what the Giants need to have. They’ve strengthened their secondary and now they will need to get to the quarterback. And the very best way to do that is to overwhelm the opposing offense.
Maybe the Giants trade down from listed here and get a more conventional 3-4 linebacker like Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari. But if they remain right here, they can seize the most effective pass-rusher/athlete and even if he’s not a perfect positional in shape, rely on that defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will determine it out.
(Former picks: Alabama WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, Rousseau)
2nd round (42nd over-all) – Ohio State G Wyatt Davis
When the Giants released veteran Kevin Zeitler they ended up seemingly committing to Will Hernandez and Shane Lemieux as their starting off guards for the 2021 time. But it’s tricky to overlook how buried Hernandez turned on the depth chart soon after he returned from the COVID-19 checklist previous time. The full tale on that continue to is not clear, but it sure would seem like the coaching workers dropped some religion in him for some purpose.
That, and the fact that Lemieux struggled at occasions as a rookie, can make it hard to feel the Giants won’t provide in some level of competition. If it’s not a veteran at some level in absolutely free agency, they must be capable to land this 6-3, 315-pounder on Working day 2 of the draft.
Davis is a effective, tough operate blocker who supposedly has a indicate streak. Some say he’s a little bit lighter than groups want in a guard, but he’s actually detailed at a heavier bodyweight than each Hernandez and Lemieux. If he adds a minimal offseason muscle mass, that should not be an difficulty. He has some pass protection difficulties, but that can be coached.
If the Giants truly have lost religion in Hernandez, Davis would have a opportunity to be a Day 1 starter. If not, he could at minimum give the Giants yet another option in the offensive line rotation they feel to like to use.
(Prior picks: Georgia LB Azeez Ojulari, Tulsa LB Zaven Collins, LSU WR Terrace Marshall)
Third round (76th overall) – USC DT Jay Tufele
The Giants even now have to substitute Dalvin Tomlinson together their defensive line and it’s not distinct how they are going to do it. What is crystal clear is they want additional bodies up entrance, and this 6-3, 305-pounder is a massive and very good a single.
Tufele opted out of the 2020 time which could fall him a bit in the draft, but his talent indicates he need to go greater than this. He was a strong, disruptive drive up entrance for the Trojans with fantastic interior move-rush expertise (4 ½ sacks in 2019). He would in all probability want to bulk up a bit to be a serious good run-stopper in the NFL. But he’s received the moves and electricity to drive the pocket constantly.
And again, that continues to be the Giants’ most significant weakness. They got their finest stress last year by blitzing and sending linebackers in on the rush. If they can really make force from their front – which they really should be ready to do with Williams, Dexter Lawrence and a participant like Tufele, they may perhaps really have the beginnings of a thing particular on protection.
(Preceding picks: Ga CB Eric Stokes, Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg, Stanford OT Walker Minimal)