Less than 24 hours away from draft day and the New York Giants have been one of the toughest teams to predict who they will take. They own the 11th pick of the 1st round and this class has no shortage of talent, but it’s all about who’s there when the Giants are on the clock.
The Giants are heavily committed to Daniel Jones for at least one more year and with anywhere between 3-5 quarterbacks going in the top 10, there’s a lot the giants can do with this pick.
If there when the giants take their pick, here are the 10 players most likely to end up a Giant.
1. WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
If the Giants wanted to follow the “best player available” method, this is their guy. Since his college days, the Giants have been huge fans of Waddle and it makes sense why. He’s one of the most explosive players to come to the draft in recent memory and could be an additional add-on to signing Kenny Golladay this off-season.
Waddle is a threat to score anytime he catches the ball with great speed and vision of the field. Waddle is also surprisingly effective on contested catches, even standing at only 5’10. He’d add an element to the Giants’ offense that they’ve been missing since losing Odell Beckham Jr. and he would allow them to potentially move on from Sterling Sheppard.
2. OL Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
As we get closer to the draft, it seems less and less likely that slater will be there at the 11th pick. Some teams have him rated as the best tackle in the draft, even ahead of potential top-5 pick, Penei Sewell. Even after that rating, Slater can still be productive if moved to a guard. If there at 11 it’d be hard for the giants to miss that opportunity.
The Giants will never pass up on beefing up their offensive line, especially now where they don’t exactly need to go for a skilled position if they draft they go with the offensive side of the ball.
3. LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
Some off-the-field questions have been asked about Parsons but the talent is undeniable. Also, the Giants defensive line coach, Sean Spencer, is very close with Parsons based on their time at Penn State together.
Parsons could be great paired with an already solid linebacker in Blake Martinez. Parsons would also bring an unexpected yet very quick pass rush to an already speedy Giants defense. The Giant’s defense wasn’t too much of a concern last season but If they go defense, this should be their No. 1 priority.
4. WR Devonta Smith, Alabama
The odds of Smith lasting till no. 11 are very small but based on raw talent, he’s the best wide receiver in the draft. It seems a little more realistic for Waddle to be there at that pick but if available, you have to go with Smith.
Mostly the same deal as Waddle with slightly more talent. He’s a better option than Darius Slayton and will bring more speed to go along with new additions, Kenny Golladay and John Ross at the receiver position. He would be another focus point on getting Daniel Jones’s help and the Giants’ journey of maxing out Jones’ potential.
5. EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
There seems to be a lot of teams rating Rousseau very differently, ranging from 10-15 and top edge rusher to late first-round/early second-round pick. The reason for the wide range is the fact that he doesn’t have much experience at the college level after only playing his sophomore year and sitting out his junior year.
Although he hasn’t had much time, I think the numbers speak for themselves. In the 2019 season, he had a dominating 15.5 sacks, 54 total tackles, and 2 forced fumbles. Even after missing his last college season, Rousseau has a chance to be a top tier edge rusher in the NFL
6. CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
A cornerback isn’t a major need for the Giants currently. But if the Giants do view Surtain as a lockdown cornerback, this can’t be ruled out. The Giants just signed Adoree Jackson this offseason, but James Bradberry’s contract is up after 2022, and securing an elite cornerback isn’t the worst idea ever.
For the past 3 seasons, Surtain was the Crimson Tide’s no. 1 cornerback, he was the most talented and reliable option. His numbers don’t show just how good he is on the fact that teams rarely threw the ball in his direction during his time at Alabama, that should speak for itself. If the Giants go secondary, Surtain has to be the only reason for it.
7. TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
It’s almost laughable to think Kyle Pitts will be there at no. 11, but crazier things have happened. Pitts is arguably the best player in this draft, yet no team is in absolute need of a tight end. It would be a huge mistake to pass up on him even after signing Kyle Rudolph and Evan Engram.
Kyle Pitts showed nothing but pure dominance in his years at Florida, he’s fast, strong, and can make any contested catch you throw at him. With his size and speed, he should be a matchup nightmare even at the pro level.
8. OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
If the Giants choose to beef up the offensive line, this is a more realistic option than Rashawn Slater. What makes Vera-Tucker so highly regarded is the fact that a lot like Slater, he’s as versatile as an offensive lineman can get. He can be very effective at Guard to tackle on either side of the ball.
Although it seems like they do this every year if the Giants want to see Daniel Jones at the full potential they have to get offensive lineman somewhere in this draft. If they choose to use their first-round pick to fulfill that need, Vera-Tucker is the most realistic option.
9. EDGE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
This pick would be a reach at no. 11, but it wouldn’t be a draft without the Giants drafting someone out of Georgia. Ojulari may not have the eye-catching numbers, but he fits the mold of what the Giants look for in an edge rusher.
In his last season at Georgia, Ojulari had 12.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Ojulari could pair nicely with fellow Georgia alum, Lorenzo Carter.
10. OL Penei Sewell, Oregon
Let’s just get one thing straight, Sewell will most definitely not be there at no. 11, but it’s fun to dream. Sewell is the best offensive lineman in the draft, by far. He would be a very fun addition to a young offensive line with a lot of potential.
The Giants would have a solid pair of inexpensive yet very young tackles with Andrew Thomas coming off a so-so rookie year. The Giants are always looking for offensive lineman but they’ve never had the chance at someone as highly regarded as Sewell.