As we get closer to this years draft it due time to look at it in it’s full scope. Let’s blueprint the New York Giants potential draft. Whilst they have some great young pieces there are still needs on both the offense and defense, although some less than others. We’re shooting for realism, let’s get into it!
Pick 4-Tristan Wirfs: Iowa OT/Jr. 6-5 320 lbs, 34′ Arms
Assuming Isaiah Simmons is taken by the Lions, which seems more likely as the days go by, even with their additions and depth at linebacker, and the Giants don’t administer a trade, this is the definitive pick and I don’t use that lightly. Wirfs, a Big-10 offensive lineman, who dominated over 13 games (10 at right tackle, three at left tackle) on the Iowa line his junior season earned him 2019 second-team Associated Press All-American and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors. He possesses a long, thick frame and is the most technically sound tackle in this draft class. He has fleshed out styles in both run and pass defense. When pass protecting he is patient, standing his ground with strong, thick legs and heavy hands ready to neutralize. When in run defense, Wirfs has lead blocking capabilities as he’s fast and initiates contact with his assignment at the line of scrimmage. This agility and touch in Wirfs’ feet also allows for proficiency in pull blocking. As i’ve said, Wirfs’ size, skills and athletic profile will serve as a solid building block in making Saquon Barkley a catalyst for the offense and providing Daniel Jones time and room to make plays.
Pick 36-LSU S/Jr. Grant Delpit: 6-3 203 lbs
The former highly touted safety prospect’s stock has fallen heavily. Although he showed tackling issues in terms of volume and a failure to show at this years’ NFL combine, Delpit is still a highly skilled defensive back that would add alot to the Giants defense, with added value in the second round. He offers the same thing Isaiah Simmons does, versatility. He can do alot, including play in the box and cover tight ends with his length and strength. Delpit will be able to pack a punch next to similarly molded Julian Love and Jabrill Peppers but the Giants could also run into problems if he doesn’t separate himself from that potential-filled pair with a role in deep coverage. He displayed trouble in deep-half routes, getting lost but also showed good instincts in zone coverage. His upside, especially close to the line of scrimmage, with twitchy feet and good pursuit to note, should be enough to take a chance on him at this spot. Add on the possibility Patrick Graham experiments with multiple personnel looks on the defense and this is a great match.
Pick 99-Notre Dame EDGE/Sr. Julian Okwara: 6-4 248 lbs
We pass up a potential tight end selection here in the 3rd round for a more flexible addition on the defense. Okwara’s athleticism and frame are off the charts. He has great burst off the line and possesses equally nice downhill power. His 6-4 build allows for bend and separation against his assignment. However, hand placement can be improved as he lacks initial impact on the lower pads on some occasions, but he makes up for it with great closing speed in the backfield. Additionally, Okwara’s athletic profile and size gives him scheme versatility. He can play as 0-tech down lineman in 4-3, a free roaming linebacker in 3-4 or even make a good inside and under guy in twist stunts with Oshane Ximines. Great value selection here for all parties involved.
Pick 110-Alabama DL/Jr. Raekwon Davis: 6-7 312 lbs
Just 11 picks later, we continue to bulk on the defensive line. To start, Davis can share snaps on the interior defensive line. Adding talent to the front seven is imperative and he offers incredible length as well as everything you look for in a modern defensive lineman. He possesses a fast first step, twitchy hands, physical strength and good closing speed. Some scouts have limited him to being a ‘two-down run stopper’ much like current Giant Dexter Lawrence but while he was incredible in run defense for Alabama, the flashes he showed in terms of the ability to get off blocks pegs him as a good compliment to the other fast and physical defensive lineman in East Rutherford. If worst comes to worst, Davis can serve as a rotational piece on 1st and 2nd down.
Pick 150-South Carolina WR/Sr. Bryan Edwards: 6-3 215 lbs
I passed up on a tight end in the third round because selecting one would have hindered the development of 2019 rookie Kadon Smith and steal targets from Evan Engram, who’s impending breakout should come in 2020 due to his chemistry with Daniel Jones when healthy and Jason Garrett’s use of tight ends. However, one thing the Giants lack in a loaded receiver room with Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate is size. So we get them some in the form of Bryan Edwards. Standing at 6’3 he could pose as a redzone threat, however cliche it may be. In 2019 Edwards had a career high 71 receptions as well as 816 yards and six touchdowns. In his Junior and Senior campaigns he serves as a returner in special teams at South Carolina, averaging 17.9 punt return yards in 2019. The versatility he displays will be welcome on the Giants.
Pick 183-Missouri OT/Sr. Yasir Durant: 6-6 331 lbs
Dave Gettleman didn’t get his “hog-molly” Meckhi Beckton earlier, so we’ll fill that role here. Durant brings alot more to the table than just size. He’s proficient in pass protection and able to create holes at either tackle or guard with his strength. You can never have too many offensive lineman in todays’ NFL, it’s the most important position out there, and Durant’s one with a high ceiling and serviceable skills for depth.
Pick 218-Nebraska ILB/Sr. Mohamed Barry: 6-1 215 lbs
With the signing of Blake Martinez theres no longer a need to fill a starting role at inside linebacker but we are picking for depth. Barry can be considered undersized for the position but he makes up for it with diagnosis ability and instincts. He doesn’t have blow-away speed but he utilizes skills well, especially in his last two seasons at Nebraska. He nabbed a career high 112 tackles with 10 tackles for loss and two sacks in 2018 and in 2019 he leveled out with 89 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. Barry could serve as a rotational piece on running downs.
Pick 238-USC DE/Redshirt Sr. Christian Rector: 6-4 270 lbs
Much like offensive line, it never hurts to have a surplus of pass rushers. We’re passing up on former Virginia Tech and Miami prospect Trevon Green, who had great sack numbers, due to disciplinary troubles. Instead, the Giants add to their depth on the defensive line with Rector. A disappointing 2019 season presumably led to a fall in draft stock but his 2017 and 2018 campaigns were nothing but. In 2017, he filled in for Porter Gustin and capitalized with 7.5 sacks, 11 tackles for a loss, 35 tackles and two forced fumbles on the year. Despite a hand injury he showed flexibility at edge rusher and outside linebacker. He followed up in 2018 with a solid line of 48 tackles, 9 for loss, 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
Pick 247-Michigan CB/Sr. Lavert Hill: 5-11 183 lbs
Much like inside linebacker, corner-back is no longer at need of a starter for the Giants with the signing of James Bradberry. Hill intercepted six passes in all 4 seasons and defended nine passes his senior season, as well as return three punts. He can offer depth in man coverage as well as special teams.
Pick 255-Michigan State DT/Sr. Mike Panasiuk: 6-4 300 lbs
With the final selection of the draft, the Giants are able to choose Mr. Irrelevant. Panasiuk is able to shed blocks with his incredible size and he used this to rack up 19 tackles for loss, 10 in 2019.
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