This is where the New York Giants are right now: It is December 3 and I am doing not one, but TWO seven-round mock drafts. Thanks to timing and circumstance I have a rare open — mostly-open — morning, so when Ed asked if I minded doing a seven-round mock draft, I said “sure.”
Also, even in a pathetic NFC East after a week in which only the Washington Redskins were the only team to claim a victory, the Giants are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. We have talked plenty about what the Giants might do in the first round of the draft — sporting a 2-10 record with a freakish EDGE player like Chase Young within your grasp will do that.
Unless the Giants are able to get the first overall pick and the thought of entertaining a trade down adds intrigue, the first round is going to be boring. Unless Young surprises everyone and goes back to school, he should be the Giants’ selection if they still have the second overall pick after the season. But there are a few hundred other prospects out there who are not named “Chase Young” and we should probably start looking at them.
So here are a pair of seven-round mock drafts, one from The Draft Network and one from Fanspeak. I should note before continuing that I am not going into these with a plan or targeting certain positions at certain points. I will be selecting players with a “Best Player Available At A Position Of Need” mindset.
The Draft Network
Our first contender is this seven-round mock draft from The Draft Network, using their predictive big board.
Raptor’s Thoughts: TDN listed the Giants’ needs as “EDGE, linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver, safety, offensive tackle, interior offensive line, and interior defensive line.” I would agree with all of those except for the last one ... Though we should probably expect the Giants to draft a defensive tackle (or two).
The selections of Young and Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz should be obvious. Young is the best player in the draft, and Biadasz would have been a first-round pick had he entered the draft last year and presents a massive upgrade to the center position. I wanted an offensive tackle, but five went in the first round and Biadasz will likely grade out as a top-20 prospect for me.
Next, I wanted to address the wide receiver position. Justin Jefferson is a well-rounded receiver with great route running and experience at every alignment. He can dissect zone coverage, create separation against man coverage, and is dynamic after the catch. I doubled down with Bryan Edwards, a player I was a fan of before he returned to school following the 2018 season. Deebo Samuel, Edwards’ former teammate, has turned into a very good rookie receiver, and Edwards was his peer in college. He brings the size (6-foot, 3 inches, 215 pounds) and athleticism to line up as an every-down X receiver as well as some savvy as a route runner.
From there I added to the Giants’ secondary with Antoine Brooks Jr. and Levonta Taylor. Brooks Jr. is listed as a safety, but he was selected with an eye towards improving the linebacker position. He plays a hybrid position in college, and he should be a weapon against Air Raid and Spread concepts in the NFL. He has good size at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds and looks to be a very good athlete on the field. He is explosive and instinctive coming down hill, willing to run through blockers in run defense and take on offensive lineman as an EDGE (yes, you read that correctly). He is a versatile piece for a modern NFL defense. Taylor would help shore up the Giants’ nickel defense. He will be dinged for his pedestrian size, but Taylor has great quickness and fluidity, as well as instincts and ball skills. He has been both effective and productive for Florida State since his sophomore season.
Finally, I took Jon Runyan Jr. as a flyer to, hopefully, develop into an eventual starter. He has the quickness and movement skills to be an offensive tackle at the NFL level, but needs to develop the functional strength.
Fanspeak is projecting compensatory picks, and as such, this draft will has an absurd FIVE seventh-round picks.
Raptor’s Thoughts: Once again, the pick of Chase Young is obvious.
This time Fanspeak did it’s thing and potential Top-10 selection Tristan Wirfs was available at the top of the second round, and that was a steal I couldn’t turn down. Wirfs is well-coached at Iowa, with freakish athleticism and the ability to play at both left and right tackle. He would be able to immediately replace Mike Remmers at RT. Skipping ahead to the fifth round, Oregon center Jake Hanson should be able to compete with — and beat — Jon Halapio to upgrade the interior of the Giants’ offensive line.
I was able to snag off-ball linebacker Troy Dye in the third round. Dye is a long, athletic, and instinctive linebacker who should help boost the speed of the Giants’ front seven.
Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson has a massive 6-foot-6 frame and he knows how to use it, something which should appeal to Dave Gettleman. He isn’t a great athlete, but he brings an element of size the Giants’ receiving corps currently lacks. Aaron Fuller, selected out of Washington in the seventh round, is a compliment to Johnson. He is under sized, but he is quick and dynamic.
Moving into the sixth and seventh rounds, I double-dipped on pass rush specialists with Tipa Galea’i from Utah State and Carter Coughlin from Minnesota. Neither are particularly stout against the run, but they are both athletic and have great bend and burst around the edge. It should be noted that Galea’i was kicked out of TCU in 2016 for assault, so a thorough background check is necessary. Kyle Duggar is a name with which you should be getting familiar, even if you’ve never heard of Lenoir-Rhyne. He has been mentioned to me by both Joe DeLeone and Emory Hunt as a potential second day pick as a hybrid safety-linebacker with fantastic athleticism, instincts, and leadership qualities — He’s not going to be there in the sixth come April. Finally I picked Julian Blackmon out of Utah. Blackmon is cornerback turned free safety with fantastic ball skills in off-coverage and has only missed seven tackles all year.
So then, that’s two way-too-early mock drafts in the book. Personally, I think the one from The Draft Network is likely more accurate — for one thing, the Giants won’t be making five seventh-round picks. But also, Fanspeak has a tendency to allow top players to drop much farther than they should.
This is really just an exercise to start getting acquainted with some of the top names in the upcoming draft, and who might be available where.
That being said, now it’s time for you to weigh in:
Which Draft Would You Prefer?
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The Draft Network