[EDITOR’S NOTE: I have been doing 7-round simulated mock drafts for the New York Giants for more than two months. The final one will appear this Sunday. In the meantime, I have asked several of our draft experts to offer their own Giants-only 7-round mock drafts using the Pro Football Network simulator. We will be running them throughout the week. This one is from Matt Williamson. — Ed V.]
Round 1 (No. 4) - Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
As mentioned in my offensive tackle report, I felt that Wills, a plug-and-play right tackle, was the ideal fit at this position for the Giants. Wills wouldn’t have to make a position switch and flourished at Alabama against some of the best defenses in college football. He comes off the ball with great explosion and a nasty demeanor. But Wills isn’t simply a killer in the run game. He also is a well-developed pass protector. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley would love this addition.
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Round 2 (No. 36) - Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Delpit would team extremely well with Jabrill Peppers and allow Peppers more freedom to roam near the line of scrimmage. If New York gets the 2018 version of Delpit, this pick will pay off huge. If not, they still probably get a deep middle defender with great range that allows everyone around him to play with more aggression. Delpit also can come down and line up against bigger slot receivers.
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU
Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame
Round 3 (No. 99) - Matt Peart, OT, UCONN
The Giants grabbed the immediate right tackle starter in Wills in Round 1, but they go back to the well here with Peart, who projects as the left tackle of the future. As Giants fans know too well, finding offensive tackles is awfully difficult to do. If they could find two out of this draft, Jones would be awfully happy for years to come. This is a pick for the future.
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Round 4 (No. 110) - Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Claypool was under consideration 11 picks ago. He certainly has some similarities to Evan Engram, but putting them both on the field together was too intriguing to ignore. And as New York’s wide receivers go, few resemble Claypool’s profile. Brooks was hard to pass up a second time though at linebacker.
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia Tech
Round 5 (No. 150) - Trevis Gipson, EDGE, Tulsa
This is a steal with the 150th overall pick. Gipson wasn’t asked to really play on the edge at Tulsa, but has the makeup for it at the next level. Gipson is a good athlete that should be disruptive before long. He also profiles very well as a special teams ace, which Joe Judge will be quite fond of.
Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis
Round 6 (No. 183) - Khalil Davis, DT, Nebraska
Davis is a good athlete but needs work to be a game day contributor. There are tools here to work with, though, and Davis could eventually end up in a role similar to how Leonard Williams has been used. He tore up the Combine.
Round 7 (No. 218) - Tanner Muse, S, Clemson
Muse is an oversized safety who runs well. Can he be a nickel linebacker for the Giants? Quite possibly. It Muse hits, he could hit big. Adding middle of the field speed, versatility and playmaking makes a lot of sense for this defense.
Round 7 (Pick 238) - Jalen Elliott, S, Notre Dame
There are some similarities in terms of their role between Muse and Elliott, but Elliott is the better football player of the two and Muse is the better athletic tester. Both should thrive on special teams, something we know this new coaching staff will covet.
Round 7 (Pick 247) - Trey Adams, OT, Washington
Yes, this is the third offensive tackle. But in the seventh round, it was worth it considering how well Adams played a few years back. Maybe Adams washes out, but let’s just wait and see where he is a year from now.
Round 7 (Pick 255) - Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
Maybe Stanley can become a long-term backup. He is tough guy and quick learner with some tools as a pocket passer.