The 2021 NFL draft is less than a week away and the New York Giants are beginning to lick their chops as teams begin to get antsy. As many as five quarterbacks could be taken in the top 10 selections, which means more position players for the Giants to choose from with the 11th overall pick.
Who could those players be? Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus recently broke down the Giants’ potential options at No. 11.
Will it be an offensive playmaker? A defensive stud? Or will it be a building block on the offensive line? All three are distinct possibilities right now. So is the potential to trade back in the order to accumulate more draft capital.
The most popular (and sensible) move at No. 11 would be to invest in the offensive line, which is still very much an amorphous unit, especially since the had to part ways with their steadiest lineman, Kevin Zeitler, in a cost-cutting move.
One player stands out for the Giants at No. 11 that would accommodate their needs on a big way.
If he is available at Pick 11, (Northwestern tackle/guard) Rashawn Slater would certainly give New York a better alternative at guard in 2021, but he also has the potential to either remain at guard or kick back out to tackle in the future. USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker could also be under consideration to fill a similar role.
Very true. The Giants are still unsettled at all five positions on the line. Andrew Thomas will be tried again at left tackle, but after his uneven rookie season, he will need to show much improvement. The other four spots are still up for grabs as well.
General manager Dave Gettleman might just drink the kool aid and take a wide receiver at No. 11, which would satisfy many fans but not do a whole lot in helping protect quarterback Daniel Jones or open up room for the running backs to operate. This is a deep draft when it comes to wideouts that goes at least four rounds deep, but certain players have apparently caught the Giants’ eye.
New York has already made a concerted effort to add talent to its receiving corps in free agency. The addition of Kenny Golladay was the clear headliner, but the Giants also brought in both Kyle Rudolph and John Ross to round out the group. A wide receiver like Jaylen Waddle would add a different element to the receiving corps, though.
Waddle clearly has the speed to threaten defenses vertically. His slipperiness in the open field, something he regularly put on display as a return man, is equally impressive.
PFF’s Austin Gayle recently named Waddle the best YAC receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft, which is no surprise given that the Alabama product put up over 10.0 yards after the catch per reception in both his true sophomore and true junior seasons.
Yes, Jaylen Waddle could make the Giants’ offense a juggernaut. This would not be the worst thing should they go in this direction in Round 1 since their will be offensive line options on Day 2 they can dive into.
Edge rusher is another possibility in the first round, although many experts are not recommending the Giants take one at No. 11. Should they trade back into the middle or latter part of the round, then EDGE would be an option.
The Giants have done a decent job of building their defense over the last two offseasons, but there is still room to add a few key pieces. Edge rusher is the biggest of those needs. Nearly all of New York’s pressure in 2020 came from the interior, and replacing Kyler Fackrell with Ifeadi Odenigbo isn’t likely to improve much.
Leonard Williams led the Giants in QB pressures in 2020 with 62 followed by Dexter Lawrence (29), Dalvin Tomlinson (28) and B.J. Hill (22).
Yes, those are all interior defenders, which is a truly impressive feat given the typical distribution between edge and interior pressures across the NFL. The aforementioned Fackrell was the first edge rusher to appear on the above list, and he managed just 19 pressures. It’s a need that New York should address at some point in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Again, are the Giants even built to accommodate a true edge rusher? I say no. Any player they draft at No. 11 would have to be a core asset, meaning they play 100 percent of the snaps. An edge rusher is usually a part-time player who comes in on passing downs. If there is a player in this draft that can rush the passer and stay on the field for all three downs, by all means they should take him. Who is that, though?
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