We don’t touch on every mock draft that comes along, that would be insanity for a couple reasons.
However, as you may have noticed, we do take the time to mention mock drafts from some of the heavy hitters in the draft community, as well as those done by our colleagues over at Mocking The Draft.
Without further ado, here are the Giants’ two picks.
23. New York Giants
1st round (23rd overall): Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
2nd round (55th overall): Chris Wormley, DT, Michigan
The Giants add size on both lines in the first two rounds. Even if the team hasn’t given up on Ereck Flowers, Ramczyk can take over for Bobby Hart on the right side. Wormley can give the Giants an inside threat to push the pocket, and help to fill the void left by the departure of Johnathan Hankins.
My argument was that with all the big offensive and defensive playmakers off the board, I wanted to address the OL, help out the running game and give Eli more protection. In the second round I selected Wormley as a compromise between Jordan Willis and Dalvin Tomlinson. Wormley is versatile enough to play 3-technique, 5-technique, or 7-technique depending on the sub-package. He is also the most athletic interior defender, and his explosiveness and agility are on par with Sheldon Richardson and Leonard Williams.
The way this draft panned out, however, I think I would rather go for David Njoku (44th overall to the Buffalo Bills) in the first round and Jordan Willis (60th overall to the Dallas Cowboys) in the second.
Njoku needs polish as a blocker and receiver, but players with his size and athleticism don’t come around often. He would be the seam threat they have been missing and his combination of 35” arms and 40” vertical (Pro Day) would make for a dangerous red zone target for a team that needs to score more touchdowns.
Willis might not make it out of the first, and I was SORELY tempted to pick him over Wormley. The athletic traits to be a top-tier pass rusher are rare and you pretty much have to take them when you can find them. Early on in the draft process a commentor asked me to find this year’s Danielle Hunter (a reference to my insistence that he should be a first rounder that year).
Well, Willis is that guy. His athleticism eclipses Jadeveon Clowney’s, but like Hunter he was held back by a defensive scheme that didn’t turn him loose.
So, which would you prefer: Me? or Also Me?