A reasonably sturdy consensus is beginning to develop about who many of the High 10 picks of the NFL Draft shall be. Not all of them. There are nonetheless some variables, particularly among the many quarterbacks, the place wherever from three to 5 could possibly be chosen amongst these first 10.
The Giants, after all, are rooting for 5 quarterbacks to go earlier than they choose at No. 11, which will increase the possibility of somebody they contemplate a High 10 prospect of dropping into their lap. And that’s actually the trick to forecasting the Giants’ first choose proper now. Somebody goes to drop.
With two weeks to go, I’ll take a shot at answering that query and forecasting the remainder of their first two days of the draft in my newest, up to date, three-round mock draft, model 7.0:
First spherical (eleventh general) – Alabama WR DeVonta Smith
Let’s begin with this query: Who’s going within the High 10? Positively three quarterbacks – Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson and whoever the 49ers take at No. 3. In the event that they actually do take Alabama’s Mac Jones, somebody will most likely soar as much as seize Ohio State’s Justin Fields or North Dakota’s Trey Lance at 4.
I’m going to guess that 4 quarterbacks shall be gone. If nothing else, I believe the Carolina Panthers are positive that a minimum of that many will go earlier than their choose, in any other case they could have waited earlier than pulling the set off on the Sam Darnold commerce and simply taken one at 8.
So who else shall be within the High 10? I can’t think about Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts, Oregon deal with Penei Sewell or LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase drop out, in order that makes seven. I’ve heard growing chatter that Northwestern deal with Rashawn Slater will land within the High 10, perhaps to Carolina. And proper now, it’s onerous to see the Cowboys passing on the highest cornerback out there, assuming Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II remains to be there at No. 10.
That’s 9, and each of Alabama’s receivers – Smith and Jaylen Waddle – are nonetheless on my hypothetical board. Add a fifth quarterback to the High 10 and perhaps a shock like Slater or Surtain are nonetheless sitting right here for the Giants, too.
It’s early, however I nonetheless assume the Giants are more likely to take a cross rusher right here – Miami’s Jaelan Phillips, Michigan’s Kwity Paye, perhaps even Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari. I believe Slater is a attainable possibility if he’s nudged out of the High 10, too, although the Giants do appear to love what they have already got in proper deal with Matt Peart.
However I’ll appease the followers right here with this state of affairs and say that if the Heisman Trophy winner slips to 11, the Giants can’t afford to cross him up. He had a loopy productive season for Alabama, catching 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns. Scouts love all the pieces about him aside from his weight, which is a matter for some. He’s 6-foot-1 and says he weighs 170, although he refused to be weighed through the pre-draft course of, so no one is aware of for positive.
That’s fairly mild for an NFL receiver that tall, however he’s so quick and elusive which may not matter. Plus, he can placed on weight (and muscle). There have been a number of undersized receivers who had been supposedly too small to make it however ended up thriving within the NFL.
What about Waddle (5-foot-10, 182)? It’s early, however I believe the Giants like Smith higher. So did Alabama coach Nick Saban, by the way in which, and we all know what his opinion means to Giants head coach Joe Choose. I believe the Giants may cross on Waddle in favor of a participant within the trenches. Would they cross on Smith, too? If he’s right here – which remains to be a really large “if” – perhaps not.
(Earlier picks: Michigan DT Kwity Paye; Miami DE/LB Jaelan Phillips; Miami DE/LB Gregory Rousseau; Smith; Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle; Rousseau)
Second spherical (42nd general) – Alabama C Landon Dickerson
He’s regarded by most as the perfect heart prospect within the draft, and if he was completely wholesome, the 6-foot-6, 333-pounder can be a sure-fire first-rounder. Truthfully, he may be anyway. It’s a little bit of a stretch to venture him to final one third of the way in which via the second spherical.
However one factor I more and more hear from scouts and league personnel is their fear about gamers with harm points on account of a scarcity of in-person medical evaluations. And Dickerson tore his ACL within the SEC championship recreation.
He seems wholesome, or a minimum of he did within the viral video of him doing cartwheels behind Jones, the Alabama quarterback, whereas the latter was being interviewed on the Crimson Tide Professional Day. Nonetheless, some groups are going to again off medical dangers, which may trigger him to drop.
Why would the Giants take a shot? Partly due to the belief between Choose and Saban, who’ll be an enormous supply of data on Dickerson’s restoration. And in addition as a result of they received’t want Dickerson to step in instantly at both heart or guard. He may play sparingly this 12 months as he totally recovers and so they groom him for a job in 2022.
(Earlier picks: Ohio State G Wyatt Davis; Alabama OL Alex Leatherwood; Davis; Georgia LB Azeez Ojulari; Tulsa LB Zaven Collins; LSU WR Terrace Marshall)
Third spherical (76th general) – USC DT Jay Tufele
There actually aren’t many holes left that the Giants have to fill, however one large one was left alongside the defensive position once they let Dalvin Tomlinson get away. They did signal veteran DT Danny Shelton, however he’s right here on a one-year flier. They nonetheless want somebody to fill that hole for the long run.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Tufele may assist the Giants try this, if he lasts this lengthy. He was a disrupter up entrance for the Trojans, with good inside pass-rush expertise (4 ½ sacks in 2019 earlier than he opted out in 2020). He may need to rotate in on passing downs in the beginning, but when he provides a little bit bulk and energy, he may develop right into a full-time participant.
And when he does, with Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams, the Giants may have a heck of a defensive entrance.
(Earlier picks: Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace; Boston Faculty TE Hunter Lengthy; Tufele; Georgia CB Eric Stokes; Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg; Stanford OT Walker Little)