2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, New York Giants draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach
New York Giants 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Honest analysis time … I’m not the biggest fan of Florida WR Kadarius Toney as a pro prospect, but there’s no real argument with taking a well-built slot receiver who can flat out fly – and trading down to do it. However, in a wide receiver-deep draft, the Giants made. specific call here with a whole slew of good options projected to be around the 50. However …
– If the Giants took Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari at the 20 instead of the 50, no one would’ve blinked. In terms of net value between the Ojulari and Toney picks, it’s all good. Landing a baller of a corner in UCF’s Aaron Robinson in the third was terrific.
– There wasn’t whole lot to work with – there were only six picks and two of them were sixth rounders – but the Giants didn’t do a whole lot for linebacker and did absolutely nothing for the offensive line. It was a bit of a strange draft, but that’s the Giants – it’ll all be fine if those first two picks work.
Best Value Pick: Edge Azeez Ojulari, Georgia, 2nd round, 50th overall
Biggest Reach: LB Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa, 4th round, 116th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State, 6th round, 201st overall
New York Giants 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
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
New York Giants 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
After coming up with a decent get with Andrew Thomas last year – despite overdrafting the OT at the 4 – and having a potentially solid all-around draft if a few of the parts progress – now it’s all about nailing the 11. There’s a decent pick in the second round at the 42, and a flier will be taken at the 76, but there’s no margin for error here. Get the 11 right, or the draft won’t work.
They need a pass rusher, but the 11 is a little high unless they overpay for Michigan’s Kwity Paye. The Giants are normally good at finding value up high – Thomas, to a point, and Daniel Jones aside – and this is where Micah Parsons should slide along with a slew of talented receivers.
The offensive line help can be had in the second round. There will be a few there for the taking at the 11, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go along with Thomas, but there should be too many other difference-makers there to ignore.
New York Giants 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
2 S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
3 OT Matt Peart, UConn
4 CB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
5 OG Shane Lemieux, Oregon
6 LB Cam Brown, Penn State
7 LB Carter Coughlin, Minnesota
7 LB TJ Brunson, South Carolina
7 CB Chris Williamson, Minnesota
7 LB Tae Crowder, Georgia
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