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Giants mock draft tracker: Watch out for Micah Parsons, Kwity Paye

Those two defenders could be about to become popular picks for Giants

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The whirlwind of free agency has not yet changed the overall results of our New York Giants mock draft tracker, with wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith of Alabama still being the predominant selections.

I trimmed all mock drafts prior to March 1 out of the current tracker, and this week there are 58 mocks in our listing. Waddle was the choice in 12 of those 58 mock drafts (20.7 percent). Smith was the choice in 10 mocks (17.2 percent).

The most-often selected defensive player was Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons. He was choses six times (10.3 percent).

Parsons lit up the Penn State Pro Day on Thursday, with Giants head coach Joe Judge in attendance.

Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 246
40-yard dash: 4.39
Vertical jump: 34 inches
Broad jump: 10-8
Bench press (225): 19 times

Pay attention to Kwity Paye

I have gone on record a number of times saying Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye would not be my choice among edge rushers or defenders if I was to pick one of those at No. 11 for the Giants. But, what do I know?

It is notable that this week two of the draft analysts who should have their fingers on the pulse of what NFL teams might really be thinking have selected Paye for the Giants.

First, it was ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.:

The question I asked when I did my mock draft 2.0 was: Can the Giants get Daniel Jones a No. 1 wide receiver? Well, they’re certainly paying free-agent acquisition Kenny Golladay like one. That means general manager Dave Gettleman could try to address another position with this pick, likely on defense. Though I don’t have an edge rusher rated this high, Paye isn’t far off, and teams always reach for pass-rushers with intriguing physical prowess. I’ve heard that Paye is going to impress scouts at his pro day on March 26 and put up incredible testing numbers across the board. The production wasn’t there at Michigan — 11.5 sacks in four seasons — but I would bet on his upside, and you can see his tremendous first-step ability if you turn on the tape.

Then, SI’s well-connected NFL analyst Albert Breer gave Paye to the Giants in his first mock draft:

Call this a hunch. Paye’s pro day is Friday, and by all accounts, he’s going to absolutely crush it. Joe Judge has connections to the Michigan staff, and that staff will give Paye (whose backstory is incredible) a glowing review. And GM Dave Gettleman loves big, fast pass rushers.

Paye did, of course, crush that Pro Day. He ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and weighed in at 261 pounds, down from around the 275 pounds he played at during the 2020 season.

Previous trackers

2021 Mock Draft Tracker

Date Mock Draft Round 1 Round 2
Date Mock Draft Round 1 Round 2
4/29 The Athletic (Brugler) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/29 ESPN (Kiper) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/29 ESPN (McShay) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/29 NFL.com (Schrager) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/29 NFL.com (Casserly) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/29 NFL.com (Zierlein) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/29 FOX Sports (Rang) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest
4/28 CBS (Trapasso) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/28 NFl.com (Jeremiah) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/28 Tankathon DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/28 Pro Football Network (Albright) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/28 Newsday (Klopsis) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/28 Tony Pauline (Pro Football Network) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State
4/28 CBS (Brinson) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/28 Yahoo Sports (Edholm) Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
4/28 Sporting News (Iyer) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/28 Pro Football Focus (Renner) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/28 NFL.com (Davis) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/28 DraftTek Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/28 Walter Football (Walt) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
4/28 NFL Trade Rumors DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/28 Walter Football (Campbell) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
4/27 SI (Breer) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/27 Draftwire Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/27 Pro Football Focus (Staff) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/27 CBS (Prisco) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/27 Philadelphia Inquirer (Bowen) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/27 Pro Football Talk (Florio) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/27 ESPN (NFL Nation Staff) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/27 Pewter Report (Ledyard) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/27 NFL.com (Brooks) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/26 SI (Countryman) Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
4/26 Draft Network (Melo) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/26 Draft Network (Arians) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/26 CBS (Jones) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/26 Draftwire (Easterling) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/26 Establish The Run (Silva) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/26 Touchdown Wire (Farrar) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/26 CBS (Wilson) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/26 NBC (Peter King) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/26 USA Today Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/26 Akron Beacon Journal (Kadar) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/26 Sun Sentinel (Kelly) Penei Sewell, Ot, Oregon
4/26 Athlon Sports Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/26 Pro Football Focus Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
4/26 Penn Live Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/25 NFL.com (Lewis) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/25 Draft Kings Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
4/25 Blogging The Boys DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama Ronnie Perkins, Edge, Oklahoma
4/25 EDS Football (Hanson) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
4/24 Pro Football Network (Schulte) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami
4/24 San Diego Union Tribune (Brown) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/24 CBS (Benjamin) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/23 FOX Sports (McIntyre) Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
4/23 Dallas Morning News (Watkins) Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
4/23 CBS (Edwards) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
4/23 Underdog Fantasy (Norris) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/23 NFL.com (Reuter) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/23 CBS (Dubin) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/23 NJ.com (Giglio) Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami
4/22 SI (Fabiano) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/22 Houston Chronicle (McClain) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/22 Draft Network (Solak) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/22 EDS Football (Hanson) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/21 Pro Football Network (Tanier) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/20 Sharp Football Analysis Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
4/20 SI (Vrentas) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/19 UPI (Butler) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/19 Huddle Report (Johannes) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/19 North Jersey (Stapleton) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/19 USA Today (Davis) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/19 LA Times (Farmer) Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami
4/19 Pro Football Focus (Palazzolo) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/18 Baltimore Sun Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/18 Walter Football (Campbell) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama Trey Smith, G, Tennessee
4/17 Pro Football Network (Farabaugh) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/17 Pro Football Network (Hodgkinson) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/16 Draft Network (Sikkema) Alijah Vera-Tucker, iOL, USC
4/16 Cleveland.com DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/15 NFL.com (Casserly) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/14 The Phinsider (Nogle) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/14 Rotoworld (Daigle) Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
4/14 Pro Football Network (Williamson) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/14 Touchdown Wire (Farrar) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/12 NFL.com (Jones-Drew) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
4/12 Outkick Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/12 Sharp Football DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/12 Pro Football Focus (Monson) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/10 Pro Football Network (Valdovinos) Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama Joseph Ossai, Edge, Texas
4/10 NY Post (Serby) Kwity Paye, DL, Michigan
4/9 Pro Football Focus (Erickson) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/8 Pro Football Focus (Evans) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/8 Pro Football Network (Rolfe) Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
4/8 AL.com Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/7 USA Today (Middlehurst-Schwartz) Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/5 NFL Draft Room Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
4/5 Pro Football Focus (Spielberger) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/5 Pro Football Focus (Linsey) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
4/4 Pro Football Network (Cummings) DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
4/3 NBC Sports (Winks) Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern