Giants need an explosive player like Jaylen Waddle
With the 2021 NFL Draft under three weeks from kicking off, mock drafts keep pouring in and we can only imagine who the New York Giants will select with the 11th overall pick.
Cynthia Frelund of NFL.com wrote an article that has Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle as a “perfect fit” for the Giants as it pertains to analytics to the analytics side of the sport.
Projected 2021 win share: 0.69
Alignment versatility. That’s what makes Waddle so enticing here, even with Kenny Golladay already added via free agency. Need him in the slot? Cool. Outside? Also cool. My model says his speed when open (i.e. no defenders are closer than 3 yards) is the fastest among all receivers in this draft class. An ankle injury limited Waddle’s field time in 2020, but he was a nightmare to defend when active. According to Pro Football Focus, he only dropped one target on 29 catchable passes last season, while averaging 10.1 yards after the catch per reception, third-most in the FBS. This helped drive his 4.4 average when it came to receiving yards per route run (also the third-best FBS mark).
With the way injuries are in the NFL, you can never have too many weapons.
The first round is where teams really have to go with the best player available and not by need because of how much is invested in players that are taken so high.
The nice thing about the Giants already having so many weapons is that if they get Waddle, is that they could bring him along slowly if need be and create specific packages for him.
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