Yet another NFL mock draft is here as we continue our countdown of 32 Mocks in 32 Days. Up next we take a look at how the New York Giants should attack the 2021 NFL draft. In 2020 the Giants didn’t do anything special. They started poorly but come week 17 they still had a shot at winning the division. Yes, it’s the worst division in football but you can only beat who is in front of you and the Giants nearly did enough to get back to the playoffs.
Joe Judge stepped into the head coach position and showed some grit and fight after watching his team struggle in the opening few weeks. He managed to get them playing well and pulled off a surprising victory against the Seattle Seahawks. Still, they finished 6-10 and continued their run of losing seasons. Everyone involved in the Giants will be hoping for a better 2021.
First chance they have had to get better for 2021 was through free agency. Daniel Jones would appear to be the Giants man going forward and the time to provide him with some weapons is now. The biggest signing for the Giants came in the form of wide receiver Kenny Golladay. New York secured him to a four-year $72 million deal. Finally, Daniel Jones has a true number one receiver, and if he can stay fit he could be one of the best in the league.
The offense further benefitted from the signing of wide receiver John Ross. Despite it not working out for Ross in Cincinnati he has devastating speed that can still make him a deep threat in the league. If he can stay healthy he could turn out to be well worth the $1 million guaranteed money that it cost New York.
New York finalized their secondary for the 2021 season by bringing in Adoree Jackson. The former Titan will play alongside James Bradberry, and with Logan Ryan, Jabrill Peppers, and Xavier McKinney at safety. New York now boasts a secondary that should be really really good….should be.
2021 New York Giants NFL Mock Draft
Now the attention turns to the draft and the remaining needs for the Giants. Despite the addition of Golladay and Ross, the Giants’ top priority should still be a wide receiver. In a draft class that has plenty of options, it shouldn’t be difficult for the Giants to secure another weapon for their QB1. With the departure of Kevin Zeitler, the Giants also require an offensive tackle. What good is a quarterback with a lot of weapons if he is flat on his back on the turf?
After that the offense should be set for 2021, the next big need is someone coming off the edge who can pressure the quarterback. With a quality of secondary, you need to be able to force opposing quarterbacks to get rid of the ball quickly and try and force the ball into difficult positions. A quality edge rusher is just the way to do that.
Enough talk, let’s dive into our New York Giants NFL mock draft.
New York Giants NFL Mock Draft: Day One
1.11 | DeVonta Smith | WR | Alabama
With Kyle Pitts and Jamarr Chase going in the top six picks the New York Giants get the next best weapon available in this NFL mock draft. Luckily for the Giants, the next best weapon just happens to be a Heisman Trophy winner.
DeVonta Smith is a weapon who can play all over the offense and with Kenny Golladay drawing all the attention he can excel in this Giants offense. In his final two seasons at Alabama, he racked up a combined 3112 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns. An incredible performance over two years given that he was part of a loaded offense at Alabama.
His ability to create separation, combined with his top-level speed, makes him a nightmare for opposing defenses. Daniel Jones goes from having one of the worst receiving cores to one with masses of potential.
New York Giants NFL Mock Draft: Day Two
2.42 | Alex Leatherwood | T | Alabama
Where better to recruit from the reigning National Champions and one of the most successful teams ever in recent years. Joe Judge sticks with the Alabama school of footballing talent and bolsters his offensive line. Bringing in weapons is all well and good but keeping Daniel Jones upright in the pocket is of huge importance.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound man mover has experience at both left tackle and guard and three years experience with the Crimson Tide. His strength allows him to stop bull-rushing defenders in their tracks and protect his quarterback. Leatherwood’s strength is key to the run game and with Saquon Barkley in the backfield, creating holes in the defense is vital if this offense wants to excel in 2021.
Before the end of day two, the New York Giants make a trade to give them two picks in the third round instead of just one. New York sends the 76th and 201st to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for the 85th and 100th picks in this NFL mock draft.
3.85 | Jamin Davis | LB | Kentucky
With the offense getting better in the first two rounds the attention now turns to the defense in this NFL mock draft. In his final season, Davis became one of the best linebackers in the country. In 2020, he finished with over 100 tackles, four of which were for a loss and he added three interceptions.
Quality linebackers should always be grabbed when they are available and if Davis is available for the Giants they should add him to their defense that is continually getting better. A strong downhill player who will excel in the run game is a quality addition for this Giants team.
3.100 | Kendrick Green | G | Illinois
After a brief stop to the defensive side of the ball, the attention is back on the offensive line. Daniel Jones was sacked 45 times in 2020 and had 18 fumbles (11 of which he lost). Keeping Daniel Jones upright has to be a priority. By bringing in Kendrick Green to the roster the Giants will add some depth and competition to the offensive line.
Green started in 33 consecutive games and excelled in the running game. He is a strong player who can move players out of the way and will add some valuable competition for an area of need for the New York Giants.
New York Giants NFL Mock Draft: Day Three
4.116 | Chris Rumph II | Edge | Duke
Chris Rumph II has a knack for getting to the opposing quarterbacks as evidenced in his 2020 season. He finished the year with eleven and a half tackles for a loss and eight sacks. His speed and power will allow him to get the better of plenty of offensive tackles and guards as he finds a way to get to the QB. With a secondary that is filled with talent like New York’s, they need players to pressure the quarterback. Chris Rumph can do that.
6.196 | Noah Gray | TE | Duke
With their final pick in this NFL mock draft, the New York Giants bring in yet another weapon for Daniel Jones. Kyle Pitts is the premium tight end in this draft but Gray possesses some similar attributes. He has the build of a tight-end but the athleticism of a wide receiver. Thus providing a nightmare for opposing linebackers. With Evan Engram the starter at tight end, Noah Gray will be more than an adequate backup.
New York Giants NFL Mock Draft Review
Finally the New York Giants give Daniel Jones the weapons he needs to prove himself in the NFL. As well as that they bolster his offensive line to give him the chance at staying upright and uninjured. If the weapons can click then Jones will finally have his chance. If he still can’t make it work then his time in New York might come to and sooner than expected.
As well as boosting the offense the Giants are also able to bring in some quality on the defensive side of the ball. The NFC East is there for the taking and if this NFL mock draft pans out, the Giants will be in a strong position.