By Michael Stewart/@TheTruthNYG
The 2021 NFL draft is only a week away and there have been three trades involving top 10 teams (Dolphins and 49ers/Dolphins and Eagles/Jets and Panthers). These trades suggest that we will see at least the first 3 picks being quarterbacks and there’s a good chance we could see another trade within the top 10 and possibly two more quarterbacks taken before the Giants pick. My final mock draft will have no trades by the Giants either involving a player or trading back in the 1st round; which has been reported. This mock draft will be who I believe the Giants should draft; based on who I still see on the board. So let’s dive right into my final 2021 New York Giants mock draft:
1st Round (#11)
The Pick: Micah Parsons (ILB/ILB-Penn State) 6’3/245: In round 1, I had a choice between Parsons or Davonta Smith and went with the BPA on my board in Parsons. Parsons could be a generational linebacker that the Giants haven’t had in a very long time. Parsons can line up inside or outside, make plays from sideline to sideline and be a devastating pass rusher anywhere inside the box. Parsons could turn a very good defense (9th in 2020) into an elite Top 5.
2nd Round (#42)
The Pick: Wyatt Davis (OG-Ohio State) 6’4/315: In round 2, I decided it’s time to build a wall in front of quarterback Daniel Jones with the selection of Guard Wyatt Davis. Davis played RG at Ohio State and is expected to play that position in the NFL. Davis plays a physical game in the trenches, but also has superior mobility in open space. Davis is equally dominant as a run blocker and a pass protector and should be a day one starter for the Giants in 2021.
3rd Round (#76)
The Pick: Stone Forsythe (OT-Florida) 6’8/325: In round 3, I went right back to the offensive line with the selection of Stone Forsythe. Forsythe is a mauler in the running game and an efficient pass protector with exceptional mobility for his size. Forsythe ability to play both Tackle and Guard spots will bold well for him and for the Giants.
4th Round (#116)
The Pick: Tommy Tremble (TE-Notre Dame) 6’4/248: In round 4, I decided on TE Tommy Tremble who has Day 2 talent and could be a steal in this round. With the uncertainty of Evan Engrams future with the Giants, the selection of Tremble who is already a punishing blocker and can line up anywhere on the field just made sense to me.
************The Giants forfeited their 5th Round pick when they acquired DL Leonard Williams in a trade from the New York Jets************
6th Round (#196)
The Pick: Joshua Kaindoh (Edge-Florida State) 6’7/265: In round 6, I selected a former 5-star recruit in Joshua Kaindoh who has been hampered with injuries; which hindered his performance. Kaindoh is extremely athletic with long arms, good body length and possesses exceptional mobility for his size. Kaindoh has all the intangibles of being a solid pass rusher and top run defender.
**Acquired 6th Round pick from Arizona by trading OLB Markus Golden**
6th Round (#201)
The Pick- Marquez Stevenson (WR Slot-Houston) 5’11/185: My final pick in this draft I selected Marquez Stevenson who has big play ability despite not having any consistency/talent from his quarterbacks during his college career. Stevenson is a vertical threat with elite speed (4.35) that can create separation before and after the catch.
****Traded 7th Round pick for CB Isaac Yiadom (Denver Broncos)****
In my final mock draft, I only double dip at the offensive line position as I felt that was the most pressing need to give quarterback Daniel Jones more protection and also help in the running game. Lastly; I believe the Giants will take advantage of the influx of talent that I project will flood the UDFA phase and add talent at various positions not addressed in the draft. Keep an eye out for my post draft grades and how I think the Giants did in the draft.