Is Kwity Paye worth the 11th overall pick?
With the New York Giants filling two of their top needs recently by signing cornerback Adoree Jackson and wide receiver Kenny Golladay, they can be more flexible when it comes to what they do with the 11th overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has released his latest mock and has the Giants taking Michigan edge rusher Kwity Paye.
The question I asked when I did my mock draft 2.0 was: Can the Giants get Daniel Jones a No. 1 wide receiver? Well, they’re certainly paying free-agent acquisition Kenny Golladay like one. That means general manager Dave Gettleman could try to address another position with this pick, likely on defense. Though I don’t have an edge rusher rated this high, Paye isn’t far off, and teams always reach for pass-rushers with intriguing physical prowess. I’ve heard that Paye is going to impress scouts at his pro day on March 26 and put up incredible testing numbers across the board. The production wasn’t there at Michigan — 11.5 sacks in four seasons — but I would bet on his upside, and you can see his tremendous first-step ability if you turn on the tape.
Paye is a good option but there will likely be other players on the board like Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau. So the Giants will have plenty of options.
There is also a good chance that one of the top three receivers could fall out of the top-10 with four quarterbacks expected to be taken in the top-10. I don’t think the Giants could pass on Devonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle in favor of Paye.
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