Who will the Giants take at 11?
With the 2021 NFL Draft starting tomorrow night, so far we know that the New York Giants are likely leaning towards not selecting an edge rusher with the 11th overall pick.
Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano of ESPN mentioned in a recent article that the coaches and executives within the Giants organization have been talking about taking an edge rusher in the first round because of the fact that owners John Mara and Steve Tisch like to lean that way.
Michigan’s Kwity Paye is seen by many as the safest of the pass-rush crop, though he might just be the best of a substandard-looking bunch. If the Giants stay at No. 11 — and remember, general manager Dave Gettleman has never traded down in any round as GM of the Giants or Panthers — they’ll most likely be looking at cornerback, possibly receiver if one of the top guys falls that far or possibly one of the OTs if one of the top two falls that far. But we’re told that Giants coaches and executives, in their draft meetings, have brought up the organization’s history with pass-rushers multiple times and know the owners love to lean that way in the first round. Don’t be shocked if the first pass-rusher off the board (likely Paye) goes at No. 11 to Big Blue.
I don’t care which edge rusher is available at 11, I think it would be a reach to take anyone that high that isn’t an offensive lineman, wide receiver or cornerback.
As much as the Giants need an edge rusher, they would be better off taking one the second round this year.
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