As we get closer and closer to the draft, we’ve all seen the same couple of players mocked to the Giants at the 5th and 7th picks. While those are premium picks to own, the Giants also have the fourth pick in the second round. Joe Schoen isn’t going to solve every problem with his first two picks, so an early selection in the second round gives him another great opportunity to add high-caliber talent to this roster.
Five realistic options for the 36th pick:
- Lewis Cine, Safety (Georgia): Cine is an exceptional tackler who sees the field really well. He’s great at anticipating routes and generally played from the deep part of the field at Georgia. With Logan Ryan’s departure, adding Cine would give the Giants a special tandem at Safety with Xavier McKinney heading into his third year.
- Boye Mafe, Edge Rusher (Minnesota): If the Giants are unable to secure a pass rusher in the first round, there should still be some attractive options at pick 36. Mafe is an explosive player off the edge who also possesses great hands. He broke out a bit late in his college career, but getting a guy who can get after the quarterback with his type of quickness is exactly what the Giants need.
- Drake Jackson, Edge Rusher (USC): Jackson has the type of bend and length you want from a guy rushing the quarterback. He’s not even 21 years old yet, so it’s hard to imagine he’s reached anywhere near his ceiling.
- Tyler Smith, Offensive Tackle (Tulsa): What if the Giants don’t actually get an offensive tackle with the 5th or 7th pick? It doesn’t seem likely, but if a tackle is still a need in the second round the Tulsa product would probably be the Giants best option if available. Smith is a people mover and would make an immediate impact in the run game. His pass protection is raw and he needs technique refinements, but he just turned 21 and is far from a finished product. New offensive line coach Bobby Johnson would have to be thrilled to have the opportunity to help mold Smith.
- Skyy Moore, Wide Receiver (Western Michigan): Moore is known for his special agility and shiftiness. He led the FBS in broken tackles last season, just the type of guy the Giants could use to help add some explosive plays to this offense. It would be fun to watch how Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka could use this guy in space and create some yards after catch opportunities.