The Giants were close to drafting an offensive line
It looks like the New York Giants overall had a very good draft for 2021 with all of the picks that they accumulated for next year. Of course they’ve also been criticized for not taking an offensive lineman.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan mentioned in his latest “Breaking Big Blue” podcast that if the Giants weren’t able to trade down from 11, they would have taken USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker.
“Their contingency plan was USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker. So they would have taken him if they couldn’t move out and if they were absolutely stuck there at 11,” said Raanan.
Raanan also mentioned that the Giants did in fact want either Jaylen Waddle or Devonta Smith at 11, but of course couldn’t get them since they were off the board, which is why they would have settled for Vera-Tucker.
For what the Bears gave the Giants in draft capital, trading down was not a question and the Giants were still able to add another weapon.
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