Giants Draft: Who they wanted
It has been two weeks since the NFL draft. In those two weeks, it has given me time, as a Giants fan, to reflect on the picks they made. I love what the Giants are building with Joe Judge as head coach finally establishing a culture that NFL players and prospects want to play for again! It was no secret the Giants were going to draft Devonta Smith when he was still available at 10 with them picking 11. Leave it to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys to trade with division rivals the Eagles so they could swoop in to take Devonta Smith, aggravating many Giants fans including myself.
My initial thoughts when picking 11 after the eagles pick:
My first initial thought was, “Damn this sucks we’re definitely going to reach here for a defensive end way too early in the draft. The Giants GM David Gettlemen has never traded back in his NFL career so as a fan trading back never really seemed like a true option.” This all changed when Devanta Smith was picked and the QB needy Bears wanted Justin Fields bad! For the first time ever David Gettleman traded back with the bears! That’s right you heard this right we traded back and got a great haul for the pick. In exchange for the 11th pick to solidify their selection of Justin Fields, the Bears sent us their 20th pick and a fifth round pick in the 2021 draft, as well as a 1st and 4th round picks in 2022. Getting a first round pick was huge as when you look at the Bears and their upcoming 2021 schedule. I like the chances of this pick potentially being a top 10 pick and the Giants were still able to draft a playmaker at 20.
Giants First Round Pick: Kadarius Tony
After trading back the Giants went all in and got Daniel Jones another weapon for this offensive. With the 20th pick the Giants selected wide receiver out of The University of Florida, Kadarius Toney. This guy was a great pick and value at 20 for the Giants. We got a wide receiver who is like a swiss army knife. Kadriorus can play all over the field whether that’s at slot, outside, running back, or jet sweeps this guy does it all.
In 2020 Kadarious started in 11 games and led the team in receiving with 70 receptions, 984 yards. and 10 touchdowns He also rushed for 161 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries! Those numbers don’t even do justice for the player he is. Go on youtube and look up Kadarius Toney’s highlight tapes. This kid is electric, fast, and not afraid of contact. I can wait for this kid to be a weapon for Daniel jones.
Giants 2021 Draft Class:
1 (20) WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
2 (50) EDGE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
3 (71) CB Aaron Robinson, UCF
4 (116) LB Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
6 (196) RB Gary Brightwell, Arizona
6 (201) CB Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
Final Thoughts and Grades for the draft:
I love love love what the Giants did in this year’s draft. They didn’t reach at the number 11 pick and instead made a big trade with the Bears, and a trade with Dolphins. I not only love the first three picks that we got and the value and impact these players will have right away for this team, but Dave Gettleman traded back and acquired three more picks for a loaded 2022 draft class, one of these picks being a first round pick. Kadarius Toney, Azeez Ojulari, and Aaron Robinson, were all great picks and I believe they will all make an impact on this team for the 2021 season and beyond.
Overall grade A-
GO G MEN!
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-Chris Addorisio (@addorisio19)