Devonta Smith would be great for the Giants
As you can see below, my first seven round New York Giants mock draft for 2021 has Big Blue taking quite a few offensive linemen.
First and foremost, I took the best player available while using Pro Football Focus’ NFL Draft simulator. Let’s now go through the picks.
1st Round (11) – Alabama WR Devonta Smith
I would rather have Smith’s teammate Jaylen Waddle because of his athleticsm. Also Smith’s frame worries me., but if he’s here in this spot and Waddle isn’t, the Giants have to take Smith. Here’s what PFF thinks about him:
The Heisman Trophy winner. People will point to his frame and weight (175 pounds), but until someone can give me some examples on tape of it being an issue, I’m not too worried.
2nd Round (43) – Clemson T Jackson Carmen
I know the Giants have two good young tackles in Matt Peart and Andrew Thomas, but I went with the best player available and Carmen would give them some much needed depth and compete with Peart for the starting right tackle spot.
Aside from getting starting quarterback Daniel Jones more weapons, they need to also do whatever it takes to make sure he has protection while in the pocket.
3rd Round (75) – Houston EDGE Payton Turner
Of course another need for the Giants is at the edge rusher position. Now taking Turner in the third round could end up being a reach given that he’s projected to go between the third to fifth round. But he’s a versatile player and can help New York.
4th Round (116) – Michigan State CB Shakur Brown
Another glaring need for Big Blue is the fact that they don’t have a great number two cornerback opposite of James Bradberry. I don’t know how good Brown will be at the next level. He’s a junior that is leaving for the NFL early after a season in 2020 that saw him tied in the country for the most interceptions with five for the season.
6th Round (197) – Notre Dame G Tommy Kraemer
At every pick I took the best player available and adding another guard wouldn’t hurt the Giants in the sixth round. They will need someone to replace Will Hernandez and/or Kevin Zeitler because I don’t believe either player will be on the Giants’ roster next season.
6th Round (202) – Notre Dame T Robert Hainsey
I felt like Hainsey was the best option. I probably could have gone with another player, but decided to add depth to the Giants’ offensive line. You can’t go wrong with who you take this late in the draft because most players won’t make the 53-man roster anyway that are taken this late.
Check out PFF grades for my mock draft below: