New York Giants Mock Draft 1.0

The latest New York Giants mock draft

By: Charlie Vakassian

Welcome to the first edition of our New York Giants Mock Draft! We will be using the draft simulator from The Draft Network, without trades, and seeing what picks the Giants could make pending how the board plays out.

Round 1, Pick 5-Ikem Ekwonu, OT/OG, NC State

The top three defensive players on my board were gone when I made this pick, as Kayvon Thibodeaux, Aidan Hutchinson, and Kyle Hamilton were taken with the first three picks. The Jets selected Evan Neal at pick four, leaving Ekwonu available at five, who is my highest graded offensive lineman anyway. Ekwonu is one of the nastiest players in college football, who mauls opponents in the run game. PFF has his numbers off the charts, with a run blocking grade of 93.8 and a pass blocking grade of 78.3. He only allowed 3 sacks the entire season. Ekwonu also has the ability to play the guard positions as well, but the Giants would be best served to put him at right tackle, where he can bookend with Andrew Thomas and give Daniel Jones stability on the edges. Saquon Barkley will approve of this pick as well, with Ekwonu well equipped to create running lanes for the former number two overall pick.

Round 1, Pick 7- Derek Stingley Jr, CB, LSU

The Panthers chose to select a QB with their selection at pick six, leaving the board mostly unchanged. While there are some intriguing edge rushers on the board, I decided to take the best cornerback in the draft and make the Giants secondary even better. New Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale likes to run schemes with blitzes and create pressure through good coverage from the secondary. Stingley was one of the better man coverage corners in college football and will do his best work on the outside, shutting down the top receiver on the opposing team. With James Bradberry potentially a cut candidate, Stingley can step in, work with Adoree Jackson and make the Giants defense much stronger. Stingley has the speed to keep up with speed burners, and insane ball skills to make incredible pass breakups and interceptions. He also has the chops in the run game, as shown in the above clip. The closing speed and pristine tackling ability make him an elite all around corner, and a rare talent that cannot be passed up.

Round 2, Pick 36-Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

Here, Brisker was the best player available, and I choose to make the Giant secondary an elite unit. Brisker would be considered the best safety in the draft if it wasn’t for Kyle Hamilton. He has elite recognition and ball skills and seems to have a knack for making big plays at big moments. Too often in 2021 the Giants had opportunities to put away games and couldn’t make the key plays at key times. Brisker is someone who can change that and bring in a hard-hitting style of play. Brisker can be used in just about every type of coverage you can imagine, man or zone, and has shown the ability to play the run while lined up in the box. Wink Martindale gains another chess piece for his defense, and the Giants defense is now well on it’s way towards becoming a top 10 unit in the NFL.

Round 3, Pick 67-Darian Kinnard, OG, Kentucky

This pick is an absolute steal, as I expect Kinnard to be taken in the second round when the draft rolls around in April. Kinnard played right tackle for Kentucky for most of his college career, but projects to be a good starting guard in the NFL. Kinnard has shown that he excels in tighter quarters as a run blocker, and moving him to guard will only allow him to become even better as a road grader. He is extremely strong at the point of attack and makes it extremely difficult for rushers to use power moves on him. He has enough lateral quickness to help on double teams and is quick enough to make recoveries on an initial loss at the line of scrimmage. Plug him in at left guard, and let him create massive holes in the run game for Saquon Barkley.

Round 3, Pick 81-Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma

You all have probably been wondering, where the heck is the edge rusher pick we all know the Giants desperately need? Well, here it is. Nik Bonitto was a productive player off the edge for the Sooners and makes for an excellent complement to Azeez Ojulari. Bonitto wins his matchups with speed and sheer motor, as he is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback. Wink Martindale likes to run a 3-4 concept, which allows for Bonitto to rush the passer as a stand-up OLB, similar to how the Giants used Ojulari and Lorenzo Carter this year. Bonitto is also sharp against the run, demonstrating the ability to set the edge and force running backs into the defensive line.

Round 4, Pick 110-Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

This draft is particularly strong with linebackers, so I decided to wait a little while, and I took someone who can come in and compete right away for a starting job alongside Blake Martinez. Muma is a former safety who made the transition to linebacker and has excellent speed and agility, which gives him really good angles when pursuing the ballcarrier. His best work comes in pass coverage, something the Giants have been sorely lacking since Antonio Pierce captained the defense more than 10 years ago. The only question is whether or not Muma would be here on draft night. Most people feel as though he will be gone in the second or third round, so if the Giants love him, an earlier draft pick will likely need to be used to get him.

Round 5, Pick 146-Tyrese Robinson, IOL, Oklahoma

You can never have enough offensive linemen. Joe Schoen has a history of getting big men in the later rounds, drafting guys like Wyatt Teller, Cody Ford, and Spencer Brown. New Assistant GM Brandon Brown found a 7th round gem for the Eagles in Jordan Mailata, who overtook first round pick Andre Dillard for the starting tackle job. So finding the right pieces in the later rounds will be key. A player like Tyrese Robinson will be intriguing for the GMen, as they try to finally solve the offensive line. Robinson played both guard positions at Oklahoma, and has an incredibly strong lower body, allowing him to be an anchor in the passing game. His mental side of the game is there as well, as he knows his assignments, and when to pick up or pass of stunts. Will Hernandez struggled with this aspect of his game ever since the Giants drafted him, and now Robinson can take his place and be an interior force.

Round 5, Pick 171-Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia

Tight end will likely be a need for the Giants, with Evan Engram heading for free agency, and Kyle Rudolph looking like a cap casualty. Jelani Woods is someone who can come in and be a productive player on Day 1. A converted tight end in the mold of Logan Thomas, Woods has a massive frame of 6 feet and 7 inches, along with an insane catch radius. This gives quarterbacks the ability to throw it up in one-on-one situations and have extreme confidence Woods will come up with the catch. Woods initially spent most of his college career as a blocker, so he is strong in helping set the tone in the run game. His growth as a receiver is what has caught the attention of scouts across the NFL. Engram struggled as a blocker in his Giants tenure, so having a good tight end who can block and make plays as a receiver is huge. Woods can be that guy.

Round 6, Pick 180-Cade Mays, IOL, Tennessee

I think Mays has the chance to be this year’s Trey Smith. Smith is a strong power-blocking guard from Tennessee, who slips in the draft, but rewards the team who drafts him with strong play. Mays is a player whose strong suit is in the run game, as he excels in gap blocking schemes. His work as a pass protector is still in progress, but he is able to hold his own against bull rushers up the middle. His technique can be a bit iffy, and he isn’t the most agile guard. His best work will come in the interior in close quarters. If a team tried to move him to tackle, the results just wouldn’t be the same, as Mays’ strengths all come from interior play as a guard. The Giants would be well served to grab Mays here, and finally, have depth on their offensive line.

2022 New York Giants 7-Round Mock Draft

New York Giants 7 round mock draft in Week 18

By: Jake Rajala

It’s a week before the NFL playoffs which means Giants nation ought to be served with an NFC East rivalry showdown for supper and a mock draft for desert. It surely will be an interesting offseason with Joe Judge staying in town and Daniel Jones getting the reigns for a likely make or break year in 2022. As the offseason soon gets underway, the focus is on taking a large step with the squad. At large, the focus will be on the NFL draft. So, which direction could NYG elect to go in with their pivotal 2022 draft? Well, here is a three-round mock draft for the optimistic, NFC, Big Apple squad. 

*note – the Giants hold two first-round picks

  1. Derek Stingley Jr – LSU – CB 

The Big Blue could make some noise with the selection of Derek Stingley. The LSU DB has drawn high praise, despite having more robust stats in his freshman year. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com compared Stingley to Saints Pro Bowl CB Marshon Lattimore. He’s quite similar to former LSU CB Patrick Peterson, as well. Stingley is a physical beast at 6’1 195 as he can press receivers well and step up to play the run when needed.

A talent like Stingley Jr. noticeably helps players around him elevate their game. If the Giants can score a lot of points against defenses like New Orleans, they need their own secondary to match the ascending offensive attack.

  1. Kyle Hamilton – Notre Dame – S

I would very much love to see the Giants make these first two selections. With the combination of Stingley Jr and Hamilton, they don’t only make two amazing picks with high floors and high ceiling, but they are striving to make a decade-like talent position group with their secondary. We’ve seen the magic of the Legion of Boom and now it might just be New York’s turn to unfold their own gifted secondary.

It may be wise to acquire a veteran OL in free agency, then strike gold with these two defensive backs early in the 2022 draft. 

  1. Ed Ingram – OG – LSU 

The Giants could get an interior OL with a load of potential in Ed Ingram (not Evan Engram). Ed is a fluid OL, plus he packs a punch at 6’4 330 pounds. The 2021 second-team all-SEC would bring much-needed help to Saquon Barkley’s game. He’s also a proven winner and the ultimate competitor.

Whether or not the Giants seek out OL help in free agency, they could find a long-term fit in Ingram. It’s been made clear that Joe Judge wants to build the OL around Andrew Thomas and the issues lie in between Thomas and Nate Solder notably. The Giants will need to go OL in the first two rounds and Ingram would really be a nice value pick here.

  1. Kenneth Walker – RB – Michigan State 

The Michigan State Spartans RB, Kenneth Walker would be a Day 1 RB2 and the perfect all-around back for Danny Dimes. Walker could just be the best RB to come out of Michigan State since Le’Veon Bell. Walker ousted 1,636 yards, 18 touchdowns, and averaged 6.2 YPC in route of decomposing defenses.

Saquon Barkley has shown that he can still produce at a very quality level. Nonetheless, Walker could be a reliable upgrade over backup Devontae Booker and boost to the attack if the elite RB continues to endure injuries. Walker should be on the board at least in the early third round (not beyond Round 3). It might even be a possibility that Walker commands the backfield in a couple of seasons. They could make a smart, quick pick with the Spartan.

3. Chad Muma – LB – Wyoming

Chad Muma is a versatile athlete and I could see him fitting in well in the Big Apple. We saw the aggressive, versatile LB Zack Baun slide until the third round and get picked up by the Saints. I could see a similar scenario playing out with Muma.

The 6’3 230 LB is a thumper and that’s evident with his 68 defensive stops. He’s also versatile and that could be a great asset in a defensive front with Leonard Williams. The Giants need to return to the days of having great LBs like JPP, Justin Tuck, and Michael Strahan (even if they have different skillsets).

4. Cole Turner – TE – Nevada (or trade for veteran TE or veteran OL)

Evan Engram could likely be out the door this offseason and Kyle Rudolph clearly isn’t the TE he used to be. It would be smart to pick a TE in the top four rounds of the draft. Cole Turner out of Nevada would fit in nicely at this spot. Turner hauled in a staggering 10 touchdowns last season and he also recorded 677 receiving yards — which was good for eighth in the nation among tight ends.

5. Romeo Doubs – WR – Nevada

It would be poetic if the GMEN obtained two weapons from Nevada. Furthermore, it would be a big help to Danny Dimes if they pulled it off. Romeo Doubs is Mr. consistent and a very explosive wideout at 6’2 200 pounds. He could be seen as a poor man’s version of Deebo Samuel, but he would surely be a nice complement to the rubber-like WR in Kadarius Toney. Jones could use more help in the screen game and Doubs would be a fantastic aid in that department.

6. D’vonta Price – RB – Florida International

If they truly want to figure out if Daniel Jones is the answer at QB, they need to load up on offense and come out “guns blazing” in 2022. They could really use more firepower at RB behind Barkley, even if they add Kenneth Walker. The 49ers make a living by utilizing the talent of many different running backs. Price would be a nice, downhill RB to finish a defense off late in ball games. If Barkley isn’t in the house in the near future, they can have a nice 1-2 punch in Walker and Price.

3 Round New York Giants Mock Draft

Giants Invest in OL

By: Scott Magnan

New York Giants Mock Draft 

I’m joining in on the NFL Mock Draft thing. Using PFF’s Mock Draft Simulator I wanted to see what my New York Giants will be looking at come April 29th when the 2021 NFL Draft kicks off.

With picks 11, 42, and 76 the Giants could come away with some serious talent on both sides of the ball.  But so much of what the Giants do in this draft depends on what happens in the 10 picks leading up to the Giants 1st round pick at 11th overall. 

There’s a real possibility that multiple teams will trade into the top 10. There’s also a chance that the Giants could — for the first time under GM Dave Gettleman — actually trade back and acquire more draft capital.  I don’t see it happening because, “Dave Gettleman.” But still… there’s a chance.

With so much up in the air it’s very difficult to tell exactly who will be available when the Giants pick. For the sake of my sanity and the length of this article, I decided to view the draft as if no draft day trades will occur.

In this scenario – as in most scenarios – the Giants are going to be able to get some high-upside talent in this draft.  Starting right off the bat in round 1.

ROUND 1 – PICK 11

THE BEST OFFENSIVE LINEMAN AVAILABLE

If there’s one thing that Dave Gettleman and I agree on is that the game is won and lost in the trenches. Under first year DC Patrick Graham the Giants defense was a top 10 unit last season.  And despite the loss of DT Dalvin Tomlinson I’d say they have improved their defense this offseason via free agency and the return of some key players from injury.  

But on the other side of the ball Dave Gettleman’s “hog-molly” offensive line is still a work in progress. 

If the Giants stay at 11 or trade down I think the best move is to add to their OL depth.  Whether it’s Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater at 11 or even someone like Christian Darrisaw or Alijah Vera-Tucker later on in Round 1 (should they decide to trade down) they should not leave Round 1 without further bolstering their offensive line depth.  

I get that there is some temptation to take Kyle Pitts or a stud wide receiver should they fall to the Giants.  Yes, the offense needs playmakers, but what good is having playmakers if your quarterback doesn’t have time to get them the ball?

Drafting an offensive lineman this year will not only help the team immediately, but could bring stability to the line for years to come.  This would allow the Giants to have the depth and continuity that is indicative of the most successful offensive lines in the NFL.  

ROUND 2 – PICK 42

WR ELIJAH MOORE – OLE MISS

If the Giants decide they do want more offensive playmakers, a good place to look would be a talented slot receiver like Moore in Round 2.  

Don’t let his size fool you (5’9 185 lbs).  Moore is a beast of a receiver who runs solid routes, has great hands, and is tough as nails.  

Sterling Sheppard could be gone after this season, so adding a legit slot weapon for life after “Shep” would be a smart move.

Also, I must add, the last time the Giants drafted a guy named Eli from Ole Miss it worked out pretty well for them.  Just sayin’.

ROUND 3 – PICK 76

SLOT CB – ELIJAH MOLDEN – WASHINGTON 

On paper the Giants have one of the best secondaries in the league.  Two solid outside corners, three talented safeties, a great CB/S hybrid in Logan Ryan, and Darnay Holmes looked like a promising slot CB in his rookie year.  But adding Molden would be the cherry on top.

Elijah Molden has arguably been the best slot corner in college football for the past two seasons.  He’s a great cover out of the slot, has incredible fluidity in his hips, covers vertical routes with the best of them, and he’s a well above average tackler.

Bringing him into the fold would be a big boon to Patrick Graham’s defense. In a division with some serious slot receiver talent, having a player like Molden could be the piece that makes the Giants a truly elite defense.

BEYOND ROUND 3 

One thing I have not understood about the structure of this roster is that the entire Giants offense has been built around Saquon Barkley. And don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing. In my opinion, he is the best running back in the league.

But last year when Barkley went down with a season ending injury in Week 2, the Giants turned to free-agent off-the-street pick ups like Devonta freeman and Alfred Morris.  The offense bottomed out immediately.

Why the heck would you build an entire offense around the running back position, but not make sure there is an adequate back-up behind him so the offense can still function if he gets hurt?

This is the kind of stuff that makes fans like myself go insane when it comes to Dave Gettleman.

I couldn’t believe that we went from Hall of Fame level talent Saquon Barkley to 32 year-old Alford Morris in a matter of weeks. How are you supposed to adequately evaluate your young quarterback when your offense is built in such a way? 

Anyway, I’m ranting because I want the Giants to draft a rookie running back to help spell Barkley throughout the season, but also to make sure the Giants offense doesn’t fall apart when Barkley isn’t on the field.

Let’s hope Gettleman makes up for his past transgressions in this draft and that we Giants’ fans actually get to watch a winning team in the years ahead.  

This draft is make or break for the G-Men.  Hopefully the Giants will be drafting much later in the first round in 2022 and beyond.

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