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New York Giants 2021 roster rankings: Nos. 10-1

These are the 10 most important Giants, at least in one person’s opinion

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Daniel Jones holds the Giants’ season in his hands.
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We finish our series ranking the New York Giants 90-man roster with the top 10 players. Le the arguments commence.

Nos. 10-1

10. S Jabrill Peppers — This might seem high for Peppers, but he is coming off an excellent season. His energy and playmaking are both important.

9. C Nick Gates — For me, this ranking reflects both the fact that I believe Gates is a good player and that he is the leader of a position group critical to the success or failure of the 2021 Giants.

8. DL Dexter Lawrence — Sexy Dexy could be a top 5 player on this list when it’s all said and done.

7. LB Blake Martinez — He is the on-field brain of Patrick Graham’s constantly changing defense.

6. CB James Bradberry — He is an elite player at one of the game’s premium positions.

5. WR Kenny Golladay — The Giants need him to be the game-changing receiver they are paying him to be.

4. DB Logan Ryan — On talent alone, this ranking is probably too high for Ryan. It reflects how valuable I believe his leadership is.

3. DL Leonard Williams — The biggest difference-maker on the Giants’ defense.

2. RB Saquon Barkley — The Giants’ best player. Cross your fingers that he is still SAQUON BARKLEY.

1. QB Daniel Jones — The Giants might wins 6 games. They might win 11. The biggest variable is the third-year quarterback. He is their most important player.

Complete rankings

[NOTE: These have been adjusted to reflect recent transactions and the International Player Pathway Program roster exemption the Giants hold for Sandro Platzgummer.]

91. RB Sandro Platzgummer [Profile]
90. RB Mike Weber
89. DB Jordyn Peters
88. LB Cale Garrett [Profile]
87. TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart [Profile]
86. DT David Moa [Profile]
85. DB Quincy Wilson [Profile]
84. DE Raymond Johnson III [Profile]
83. G Kenny Wiggins [Profile]
82. OL Jake Burton [Profile]
81. OL Brett Heggie [Profile]
80. P/PK Ryan Santoso [Profile]
79. LS Carson Tinker [Profile]
78. TE Cole Hikutini [Profile]
77. CB Sam Beal [Profile]
76. WR Derrick Dillon [Profile]
75. CB Jarren Williams [Profile]
74. WR-TE Kelvin Benjamin [Profile]
73. OT Jackson Barton [Profile]
72. DB Joshua Kalu [Profile]
71. QB Clayton Thorson [Profile]
70. TE Rysen John [Profile]
69. WR Alex Bachman [Profile]
68. DB Chris Milton [Profile]
67. WR David Sills V [Profile]
66. DL RJ McIntosh [McIntosh]
65. LB T.J. Brunson [Profile]
64. LB Trent Harris [Profile]
63. DB Montre Hartage [Profile]
62. OL Chad Slade [Profile]
61. OL Kyle Murphy [Profile]
60. LB Devante Downs [Profile]
59. FB Cullen Gillaspia [Profile]
58. CB Rodarius Williams [Profile]
57. WR C.J. Board [Profile]
56. RB Gary Brightwell [Profile]
55. RB Corey Clement [Profile]
54. LB Carter Coughlin [Profile]
53. LB Ryan Anderson [Profile]
52. LB Niko Lalos [Profile]
51. CB Madre Harper [Profile]
50. WR Austin Mack [Profile]
49. WR John Ross [Profile]
48. WR Dante Pettis [Profile]
47. QB Mike Glennon [Profile]
46. C Jonotthan Harrison [Profile]
45. OG Zach Fulton [Profile]
44. TE Levine Toilolo [Profile]
43. LB Reggie Ragland [Profile]
42. OT Nate Solder [Profile]
41. Edge Elerson Smith [Profile]
40. CB Aaron Robinson [Profile]
39. LS Casey Kreiter [Profile]
38. TE Kaden Smith [Profile]
37. Edge Oshane Ximines [Profile]
36. LB Cam Brown [Profile]
35. DE Ifeadi Odenigbo [Profile]
34. CB Isaac Yiadom [Profile]
33. DB Julian Love [Profile]
32. TE Kyle Rudolph [Profile]
31. Edge Azeez Ojulari [Profile]
30. FB Elijhaa Penny [Profile]
29. P Riley Dixon [Profile]
28. RB Devontae Booker [Profile]
27. DL Austin Johnson [Profile]
26. DL B.J. Hill [Profile]
25. DL Danny Shelton [Profile]
24. LB Tae Crowder [Profile]
23. CB Darnay Holmes [Profile]
22. Edge Lorenzo Carter [Profile]
21. WR Kadarius Toney [Profile]
20. RG Will Hernandez [Profile]
19. LG Shane Lemieux [Profile]
18. RT Matt Peart [Profile]
17. PK Graham Gano [Profile]
16. TE Evan Engram [Profile]
15. CB Adoree’ Jackson [Profile]
14. LT Andrew Thomas [Profile]
13. S Xavier McKinney [Profile]
12. WR Darius Slayton [Profile]
11. WR Sterling Shepard [Profile]
10. S Jabrill Peppers [Profile]
9. C Nick Gates [Profile]
8. DL Dexter Lawrence [Profile]
7. LB Blake Martinez [Profile]
6. CB James Bradberry [Profile]
5. WR Kenny Golladay [Profile]
4. DB Logan Ryan [Profile]
3. DL Leonard Williams [Profile]
2. RB Saquon Barkley [Profile]
1. QB Daniel Jones [Profile]