New York Giants Finalize Draft Preparation
We are just under 48 hours away from the 2021 NFL draft. All eyes will be on Trevor Lawrence and the other top quarterbacks in this draft. The 2021 NFL Draft appears to be the year of the quarterback with a lot of mock drafts have four quarterbacks in the top 4. Our very own Matty B disagrees with that; you can see part 3 of his mock draft series right here. Like I have said in previous posts, the New York Giants still have a lot of needs that need to be addressed. Will the Giants prioritize a wide receiver? What about the offensive line? They still need to address the pass rush. Who will the New York Giants draft at number 11?
The Giants upgraded at wide receiver in a big way this offseason. They signed top free agent, Kenny Golladay, to a long term contract that gives Daniel Jones a true number one option. Despite this, the Giants have been linked to both Alabama star wide outs in Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Either one of those options would add a whole new dimension to the Giants offense. Daniel Jones would have Kenny Golladay, either Waddle or Smith, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and a healthy Saquon Barkley. Jones would have no excuse this season if they add Smith or Waddle.
I have mentioned multiple times in my posts that the Giants have not drafted a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1983. However, Micah Parsons may be the one to end the streak. The former Penn State wideout was one of the best line-backers in all of college football from the moment he stepped on the field as a true freshman. He would make an immediate impact at the NFL level and would elevate the Giants defense to the next level.
The near consensus top offensive lineman in this year’s draft is Oregon’s Penei Sewell. However, Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater is not too far behind Sewell. Slater is what Dave Gettleman likes to call a hog-molly. The man is 6’4″, 304 pounds, and has a 33″ arm length. He can play tackle on both sides of the line and would make an excellent pair with last year’s top pick, Andrew Thomas. He would add some much needed protection on the offensive line that was improved last year, but still struggled at times.
The Giants made a lot of great moves this offseason that improved the team. Obviously the Golladay signing is the most well known, but signing Adoree Jackson so be the opposite of James Bradberry was a very underrated move. The addition of Micah Parsons would really get the Giants defense back to greatness. However, the offense has been more of the problem in recent memory. Jaylen Waddle or Devonta Smith would create a truly dynamic offense.
-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)
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