By Michael Stewart/@TheTruthNYG
With the draft a few days away the mock drafts are getting more and more intense and possibly more accurate. Giant fans differ on who they want to hear called with the Giants 1st pick; a wide receiver, an offensive lineman, an impact defensive player or possibly a top cornerback. Dave Gettleman has only 6 picks to get the most out of this draft: Let’s dive into to the top 5 options that have been circulating for the Giants in round 1:
Option 1: Fix the Offensive line
Dave Gettleman invested heavily on offensive weapons in free agency bringing in WR’s Kenny Golladay, John Ross and TE Kyle Rudolph. All three bring offensive skills to the table to help quarterback Daniel Jones to succeed. It would make perfect sense now to build a wall in front of Jones, so he’ll have the time to throw the ball and to help RB Saquon Barkley. Since 2019, Daniel Jones has been the 2nd highest rated (41%) quarterback with the most pressures on pass plays only behind Sam Darnold (42%). Choices: Rashawn Stater or Alijah Vera-Tucker
Option 2: Add talent at Wide Receiver
The Giants could have a very talented wide receiver or possibly two staring at them when it’s their turn on the clock; which would give the Giants a frighten core of WR’s that they haven’t had since their Super Bowl days. Gettleman has stated countless times that “you can always add talent where you have talent”. If he is true to his word, then we could see another wide receiver taken. Choices: Waddle or Smith.
Option 3: Getting an edge rusher/linebacker
This option certainly has many Giant fans on pins and needles as many experts forecast the edge rushers not worthy at pick #11. The Giants defense finished with 40 sacks in 2020 and getting an edge rusher to play alongside Williams would be fun to watch, but at pick #11? Another thought could be a linebacker with pass rushing ability; one who can line up anywhere inside the box and pressure the quarterback. Choices: Micah Parsons or Kwity Paye
Option 4: Build the best secondary in the NFL
Many experts and mock drafts have a new contender going to the Giants at #11 and it’s at the cornerback position. The Giants signed Adoree Jackson to a hefty 3 year deal at $13M per; which could be considered CB1 money. So with Bradberry at the CB1 spot, Jackson at CB2 and very serviceable backups in Darnay Holmes and Julian Love expected to play major minutes; why another CB? The Giants also have arguably the best safety trio in Peppers, Ryan and McKinney. Choices: Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn
Option 5: Trading back for more picks
Gettleman has never traded back in the 1st round with the Panthers or the Giants. However; I’m keeping an open mind here with the notion that there’s a first time for everything. Recent articles suggests that the top two teams that could trade up to the Giants #11 spot would be the New England Patriots (#15) and the Chicago Bears (#20) as both are in need of a franchise quarterback and one could fall at the Giants spot. Would the Patriots or Bears be willing to give up a king’s ransom to move up? Choices: Highly possible/Highly improbable
This draft has more twists the turns than any other draft that I can remember and there’s no clear cut direction GM Dave Gettleman and Head Coach Joe Judge will go. Will they stay at #11 or will they trade back? Will they go BPA on their board or will they reach? Stay tune Giant fans as this will certainly be a nail biting on the edge of your seat draft that won’t be determined until we hear the commissioner read the selection.