The Giants have only six picks in the 2021 NFL draft, and therefore they need to get every single one of them to count. They own the overall pick No. 11, two picks in the sixth round, but no picks in the fifth or seven rounds. So prediction of a seven-round Mock Draft only takes the Giants through the first six rounds. For this first Giants Mock Draft, we use the Pro Football Focus draft simulator. We’re going away.
First Round (No. 11 overall) – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
In this iteration, the top two offensive tackles, Penei Sewell (Dolphins at No. 6) and Rayshawn Slater (Cowboys at No. 10) are off the table, as are TE Kyle Pitts (Panthers at No. 8) and WR DeVonta Smith (Bengals). at No. 5). The Giants love Waddle anyway, making this an easy choice, as far as where they value the player on their drawing board. They think of pass-rushers out there and also discuss where Waddle fits in, with Kenny Golladay signed into free agency. In the end, they decide that Waddle fits wherever they need him to be in their crime as an electric catch-and-run weapon. He is only 5 feet 1
Second Round (No. 42 overall) – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
There are a few exciting edge shooters to consider, but Collins represents a strong mix of instant help and also future projection. Do you remember Bradley Chubb, Josh Allen and Chase Young? They were all past Bronco Nagurski Award winners, given to the top defensive player in college football. Well, Collins won this award in 2021. He is a 6-foot-4, 260-pound physical marvel with great range but unrefined pass-rush skills. He does, however, act. Of his four interceptions last season, two of them were returned for touchdowns. Pairing Collins with Blake Martinez can be a deadly combination.
Third Round (No. 76 overall) – DL Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
Do you think Dave Gettleman will get through the first two days of the draft without taking on a defensive lineman? Williams, at 6 feet 3 and 284 pounds, may be a bit of a tweener – not big enough for the interior and not a quick jerk to the outside – but he has a muscular body, 10 sacks the last two seasons and His skilled handiwork and football work in basketball games makes him a perspective.
Fourth Round (No. 116 overall) – Olympics Kendrick Green, Illinois
This inside lineman is likely destined to be a guard on the next level, and his unpleasant disposition will be welcomed in the Giants offensive line room. If Will Hernandez is not in 2022, Green could be next in line.
Sixth Round (No. 196 overall) – Edge Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
What we have here is a possible situation fit a defensive coordinator Patrick Graham can develop and use as an outside linebacker as he gathers his 6-foot 3, 250-pound frame. He has 17 career sacks.
Sixth Round (No. 201 overall) – LB Ernest Jones, South Carolina
Adding a linebacker late in the draft is always an option with a Joe Judge team. The fact that Jones was named the most improved player as a special team contributor makes this a match made in the referee’s heaven. Jones in defense had 19 tackles against LSU.