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NFL Draft Order 2021: Giants in a much different spot

Giants would pick 19th overall if draft were held today

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My how things have changed!

A few weeks ago, when they were winless and seemingly with little hope, the New York Giants held the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Now, after three straight victories and four wins in seven games, the Giants hold the top spot in the NFC East.

If the draft were held today the Giants would pick No. 19. That is the spot reserved for the playoff team with the worst overall regular-season record.

Of course that could all change in a relative blink of an eye.

The 3-6-1 Philadelphia Eagles face the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. If the Eagles pull off an upset they will be back atop the NFC East, and the Giants will be back in the top 10 of the 2021 draft.

Reality is, with five games left in this most unusual regular season the Giants could finish anywhere from No. 4 to No. 19 — maybe even somewhere in the 20s if they make the playoffs and win a game.

Fans will, of course, obsess about where the Giants will pick and who they could or should get with that pick. It is, though, an exercise in futility at this point.

The 0-11 New York Jets, 1-10 Jacksonville Jaguars and 2-8-1 Cincinnati Bengals are careening toward the top three picks next April. After that it’s anybody’s guess.

The 3-8 Dallas Cowboys currently have the No. 4 pick. The Eagles would pick No. 7 and the Washington Football Team No. 8.

The Giants, with a tough four-game stretch coming up and facing the loss of quarterback Daniel Jones to what has been speculated on as potentially a “pretty bad” hamstring injury could land pretty much anywhere on the board.

In the Tankathon Draft Power Rankings, which measure the value of a team’s draft picks using the traditional trade value chart, the Giants are at No. 18.