With the New York Giants first flurry of free agent signings made, here’s a look at how their draft might look.
The first week of NFL Free Agency is in the books and it has brought a flurry of new faces to the Meadowlands to join the New York Giants.
New York has mostly added depth early in free agency, adding linebacker Reggie Ragland, edge rusher Ifeadi Odenigbo, tight end Kyle Rudolph, running back Devontae Booker to backup Saquon Barkley, Mike Glennon to be the backup quarterback.
The team is meeting with former Lions receiver Kenny Golladay to be their top receiver, but no deal has been made as of Thursday night, meaning the team still has a glaring need at the position.
With that: here’s a look at how the Giants may attack next month’s NFL Draft, given the moves they’ve made thus far.
Round 1 (11): Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama OR Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech
With Golladay unsigned, the Giants need a top receiver and Jaylen Waddle has the potential to be just that.
The former Alabama star is the fastest player in the draft, who totaled 106 catches for 1,999 yards and 17 touchdowns in three college seasons. He would provide the Giants can’t miss speed on the outside that they haven’t had since Odell Beckham Jr was traded to Cleveland, which should help Jones develop.
Round 2 (42): Joseph Ossai, EDGE Texas
Even with the addition of Odenigbo and resigning Leonard Williams to a long-term deal, the Giants badly need more pass rushers making Texas’ Joseph Ossai the perfect day two option.
At 6-foot-4, Ossai has great length to help him get around offensive lineman. He recorded five sacks in each of his last two seasons in Austin, including a 2020 season that saw him force three fumbles and total 54 tackles.
Round 3 (76): Keith Taylor Jr. CB, Washington
The Giants must add reliable depth at cornerback to help create a lockdown secondary that includes a top corner in James Bradberry and some of the best safety depth in the NFL with Logan Ryan, Jabril Peppers and Xavier McKinney. Washington’s Keith Taylor Jr. can help provide that.
Taylor has great length at 6-foot-3 and had a nose for the ball as he defended 10 passes during his time at Washington. He still has more room to grow but would provide the depth New York needs immediately.
Round 4 (116): Marvin Wilson, IDL Florida State
With Dalvin Tomlinson gone, the Giants need to add depth to the interior of their defensive line and Florida State’s Marvin Wilson.
Wilson had gotten first-round buzz at points during his college career but now projects to slide given the lack of top talent at the defensive tackle position on the board.
Wilson totaled 9.5 sacks during his time at Florida State and had a monster 2019 season that saw him record 44 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, force a fumble and recover one.
Round 6 (195): Drew Himmelman, OT Illinois State
Andrew Thomas will be the Giants starting left tackle next season and it’s very likely Nate Solder and Matt Peart rotate at the right tackle spot. Still, the Giants need more depth, so why not add a 6-foot-10 offensive tackle.
Himmelmann has freakish size that helped him become one of the top offensive linemen in the country at the FCS level.
Round 6 (199): Paddy Fisher, ILB Northwestern
The Giants must continue to add depth to the inside linebacker position this offseason making Northwestern’s Paddy Fisher the perfect late-round addition.
In his career at Northwestern, he recorded two seasons of at least 111 tackles. His best year came in 2018 that saw him record 116 tackles with four forced fumbles and an interception.