Ronnie Perkins worth a second round pick?
As we get closer and closer to the 2021 NFL Draft, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has released a two round mock draft.
In the first round he has the New York Giants grabbing Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle with the 11th overall pick.
11. New York Giants – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
This is an important season for quarterback Daniel Jones. Can he take a Josh Allen-esque leap in Year 3? To do so, he has to get better pass-catchers around him. That started with the Giants adding top wideout Kenny Golladay in free agency, and Waddle would give them the draft’s best deep threat, a speedy playmaker who will also make an impact in the return game. I thought about edge rusher here as well.
We do know that the Giants like Waddle and I think he would be a perfect pick for the Giants at 11. They also can’t go wrong with Devonta Smith as well.
In the second round, Kiper has the Giants selecting Oklahoma pass rusher Ronnie Perkins with the 42nd overall pick.
42. New York Giants – Ronnie Perkins, DE/OLB, Oklahoma
Pass-rusher is the Giants’ No. 1 need, and they have to take one here if they go another route with the No. 11 pick. Perkins is a fit as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. He’s a physical edge rusher who had 16.5 sacks in three seasons at Oklahoma. He bullied offensive tackles at times.
Taking Perkins in the second round could be a reach for the Giants. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com has him projected to be taken in the third round.
Here’s what Zierlein wrote about Perkins.
Productive but undersized defensive end who might need to prove he can play standing for a 3-4 scheme. Perkins is tight-hipped and a very average athlete with production coming thanks to his hard-charging motor as well as Oklahoma’s slant-heavy defensive front. He’s tough but the lack of bend has a distinct impact on his anchor and contact balance at the point of attack. Despite some physical deficiencies, he plays with forward focus and the attitude to go find the football. There are differences of opinion in the NFL scouting community regarding his NFL potential, but the lack of traits and functional quickness are challenges that could limit him.
I’m not sure how much the Giants like Perkins. But there is a report out that they are interested in both Azeez Ojulari of Georgia and Kwity Paye of Michigan. The only problem is that I don’t see either of those players falling to the second round.
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