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Giants news, 4/17: Louis Riddick — “clock has kind of been sped up” for Giants

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Good morning, New York Giants fans!

General Manager Power Rankings: NFL draft edition!

Dave Gettleman does not fare well here, with Gregg Rosenthal saying he is “out of step with the current NFL.”

2021 NFL Draft: How the Giants and Jets can seize a massive opportunity to revitalize their franchises | NFL Draft | PFF

PFF’s Anthony Treash believes wide receiver Jaylen Waddle would bring more value to the Giants than offensive lineman Rashawn Slater.

Jaylen Waddle would be a home run for the Giants here. After all, outside of quarterback, no position is more valuable at the NFL level than wide receiver.

Valentine’s View: I might choose Waddle over Slater here, especially if the plan would be to play Slater at guard. To be honest, I can see the case for both and could probably be talked into either. I disagree with Treash, though, about the value of the wide receiver position. I’m still a trenches guy — quarterback, blockers, pass rushers.

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Todd McShay's top NFL draft needs for all 32 teams - Who needs a QB, WR or edge rusher?

New York Giants

Top draft needs: Edge, C, G, LB, OT

It's a make-or-break year for Daniel Jones after the Giants signed Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph to join Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram on an offense with upside. I do think another receiver might be in the cards, but the bigger offensive questions at the draft will be about the line, which needs help everywhere. Is Andrew Thomas going to have a better season? Does getting Nate Solder back drastically help? And what is the answer on the interior?

But make no mistake, this team's biggest hole is off the edge. I'm interested to see if the Giants are the first team to take an edge rusher when they pick at No. 11. Adding a talented pass-rusher to the mix will keep this defense strong.

NFL sources sense Giants leaning towards edge rusher with No. 11 pick in 2021 NFL Draft | SNY

"I just can't see Dave passing up a pass rusher, if one they like is there," said the scout. "He knows what they've done for the Giants in their history and he knows he doesn't have one. He really might look at that as being his missing piece."

Giants must deliver for Daniel Jones in 2021 NFL Draft: Riddick

Louis Riddick said the Giants must get a player with the No. 11-overall pick in the NFL draft who will instantly hasten Daniel Jones’ development and markedly add to the win total for the 2021 season.

“I think the clock has kind of been sped up on this regime and Dave in particular and so I think he knows he needs a guy who’s going to come in and have an impact,’’ Riddick, an analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,’’ said on the “Giants Huddle” podcast. “I think you will see that kind of affect his decision-making here, whereas at the beginning of his tenure he would have looked at it a little bit more organically and say ‘I’m just gonna take the best player.’ ’’

Valentine’s View: Riddick is absolutely right here in terms of 2021 expectations. I don’t know that it changes the pick at No. 11, but whoever the pick is it has to be someone who contributes quickly. If Gettleman wants to continue to be employed, the Giants also have to appreciably better during the upcoming season.

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