As the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, teams will be faced with the annual challenge of trying to find players to fit their team needs. With COVID-19 restrictions still in effect, teams have 2 options; they’ll either go with a much more extensive route when it comes to scouting, or they can roll the dice and hope they make the right choice.
The New York Giants have many team needs and are hopeful that a strong draft class will fill some of those needs.They hold the 11th overall pick and could be looking at several positions on each side of the ball.
Time for a rundown of their biggest positional needs.
1. Wide Receiver
In 2020, the Giants ranked 31st in total offense only leading the New York Jets. They probably could’ve been a lot better if they didn’t lose Saquon Barkley in week 2. But Saquon wouldn’t have helped much with the Giants deep passing game and is why the giants may need to make a move on one this year.
The Giants desperately need to get a playmaker at least somewhere in this draft. Based on where they’re drafting we could probably say goodbye to any chance at getting LSU’s Ja’marr Chase but could end up with 1 half of the Bama duo in Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith.
If New York waits till round 2, expect them to end up with either LSU’s Terrance Marshall or Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman if still available.
2. Defensive End
Is 2021 the year New York finally pulls the trigger on an elite edge rusher? With 2 very talented players expected to be on the board when the 11th pick comes, it could be. The only hard part of drafting an edge rusher in the 1st round is trying to decide between Greggory Rousseau of Miami and Kwity Paye of Michigan.
The Giants are keeping Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximes on the roster this year but both can be injury prone and both are very inconsistent. Kyler Fackrell was a nice pickup but he was only on with a 1 year deal and doesn’t expect to come back.
James Bradberry was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and it was well deserved. He is in the prime of his career and does not show signs of slowing down. The Giants would like to add some talent to play across from Bradberry after missing a real #2 Cornerback all last season with Sam Beal opting out and the unfortunate events of Deandre Baker.
Isaac Yiadom played good last season but the Giants won’t miss a chance to upgrade. Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II is one to look out for as well as Ohio State’s Shaun Wade and Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley.
4. Defensive Line
If the Giants can’t get Leonard Williams or Dalvin Tomlinson back in free agency they’re gonna have to do something in the draft at that position whether it’s 1st or 2nd round or even getting to the later rounds.
The chances of them getting at least one of those guys back is very good but it will be expensive. Williams is coming off a career year with 11.5 sacks, Tomlinson also hasn’t missed a start since being drafted in 2017. It won’t be easy to come in and fill those shoes right away but it’s also just what this defense could be looking for.
If they go the 1st round route expect them to look at Christian Barone from Alabama, Dayvion Nixon out of Iowa or Levi Onwzurkie out of Washington.
5. Tight End
Evan Engram was a 2020 Pro Bowler but his abilities to catch and block have been in question this season. Engram is a fantastic playmaker and has the potential to be a top tier tight end for a long time, but his consistency has come into question along with the fact that he doesn’t have the clutch factor. Engram is widely known for dropping passes in key situations. Still unlikely but the giants may have to move on from Engram in 2021.
The only way i see the Giants drafting a tight end is if Kyle Pitts is still there at #11 which he’ll most likely be gone before then. But if he does happen to slip the Giants can’t pass up that opportunity.