Cornerback in the first round?
The New York Giants are going to have a tough decision to make when it comes to what they do with the 11th overall pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
Should the Giants go with a wide receiver, an edge rusher or just take the best overall player, whether it’s a tight end or even a cornerback?
Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network has the Giants taking Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley with the 11th pick. Here’s what he wrote:
Projecting for the Giants is tricky. You can’t rely on the David Gettleman hog-molly bit, as their defensive trenches are set—though a surprise pick on the offensive line is certainly within the cards. A splash at wide receiver would also make sense, though two of the top three players are gone; an improvement at EDGE rusher is still necessary, though the board isn’t great for EDGEs early in the first round.
We have seen Gettleman make big investments in the secondary recently. They traded up to spend a first-round pick on DeAndre Baker in the 2019 draft, a top-40 pick on Xavier McKinney, and spent big money on James Bradberry in free agency. Their efforts have been rewarded. With the additions of Jabrill Peppers, Logan Ryan, and Julian Love, the Giants have a strong secondary group. It’s just another outside CB away from being elite.
Caleb Farley replaces Isaac Yiadom at that spot. He won’t have to follow WR1s early, which is to his advantage, and he brings great man and zone flexibility—important for Patrick Graham’s defense in New York.
I would really prefer the Giants going with a receiver at 11, but this draft is deep at that position and they might be able to get a steal in the second or third round if they wait.
At the end of the day the Giants could really use an upgrade at the number two cornerback spot so Farley may not be a bad pick.