Single-round mock drafts can get boring and repetitive after a while, even with the New York Giants holding two picks in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft. That is one of the reasons I occasionally simulate complete 7-round Giants mock drafts for you.
Today, for your discussion, are a pair of 7-round mock drafts. One is from Dane Brugler of The Athletic [subscription only] and the other is from Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network. Brugler’s is a complete 254-pick mock, but I will give you only the Giants selections. Solak’s is Giants only.
Round 1 No. 6) — DT Ed Oliver
Round 1 (No. 17) — QB Daniel Jones
Round 2 (No. 37) — OT Greg Little
Round 3 (No. 95) — WR Miles Boykin
Round 4 (No. 108) — EDGE Christian Miller
Round 4 (No. 132) — CB Jimmy Moreland
Round 5 (No. 142) — CB Saivion Smith
Round 5 (No. 143) — OG/C Lamont Gaillard
Round 5 (No. 171) — DL Armon Watts
Round 6 (No. 180) — DS Evan Worthington
Round 7 (No. 232) — LB T.J. Edwards
Round 7 (No. 245) — WR Jazz Ferguson
Brugler on Oliver: There are scheme fit questions with this pairing, but Giants’ defensive coordinator James Bettcher uses multiple fronts and shouldn’t have any issues putting Oliver in position to succeed. General Manager Dave Gettleman believes in drafting traits and wasn’t shy targeting defensive tackles early in the draft when he was in charge in Carolina (Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Vernon Butler).
Brugler on Jones: Mapping out quarterback landing spots in a first-round mock draft is like playing matchmaker and finding two alike partners. That is certainly the case with Jones to the Giants with his connection to the Manning family and a situation where he can develop at his own pace behind the starter.
Round 1 No. 6) — OT Jawaan Taylor
Round 1 (No. 17) — Edge Clelin Ferrell
Round 2 (No. 37) — CB Amani Oruwayire
Round 3 (No. 95) — QB Tyree Jackson
Round 4 (No. 108) — WR Dillon Mitchell
Round 4 (No. 132) — LB David Long
Round 5 (No. 142) — WR Keesean Johnson
Round 5 (No. 143) — S Khari Willis
Round 5 (No. 171) — Edge Carl Granderson
Round 6 (No. 180) — TE Andrew Beck
Round 7 (No. 232) — DL Kevin Wilkins
Round 7 (No. 245) — OT Casey Tucker
Solak on Taylor: I know, I know. The effort of last year’s draft was to shore up the offense and the running game/OL in particular; this year, Gettleman wants to attack the defense. But they’re just a RT away from having that offensive line locked up, and Taylor is a Top-10 talent in this class. I wouldn’t want to pass him up.
There’s no real weakness to Taylor’s game, and he’s ready to start in Year 1 -- with Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, and Kevin Zeitler, Taylor completes a total retooling of the offensive front and stamps the new offensive tone for the Gettleman/Shurmur-era Giants. If Eli can’t win behind this line, he can’t win at all.
Solak on Ferrell: Great range for Ferrell, an EDGE who could go Top-10 in a=most classes, but falls into the teens in this stacked group. Ferrell is long, strong, and pro-ready, with a great profile to contribute in Year 1 -- the Giants desperately need that, having shucked all of their veteran pass-rushers and replaced them with...Markus Golden.
I didn’t go quarterback here because, while I think it’s in heavy consideration, I don’t think the Giants fancy themselves in such a need that they would pass over a player like Ferrell for a Daniel Jones or Dwayne Haskins. Maybe I’m wrong -- and Giants fans should hope I am, because this team needs a quarterback -- but this is a bang-up first round regardless.
Which scenario do you like better, Giants fans?