NFL mock drafts are not worth getting worked up over. They are “mock” drafts, not the real thing. They are done to create discussion about the upcoming draft. They are quickly forgotten, as they should be.
And yet, here I find myself writing words on a laptop screen because the post-National Championship Game mock draft from Joseph Acosta of the mothership at SB Nation has me worked up.
I am annoyed by the selection Acosta made for the New York Giants at No. 6. What did he do? Acosta took Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze. Here is how he explained the pick:
Consider me a huge fan of Odunze. He has such a high floor with his body control and ability after the catch, and can be a very good outside receiver. The Giants fell out of QB range but get a great prospect here.
Fine. The Giants could use a wide receiver. Nothing wrong with that.
Look closer at Acosta’s top five picks, though:
No. 1: Chicago Bears select Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
No. 2: Washington Commanders select Caleb Williams, QB, USC
No. 3: New England Patriots select Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
No. 4: Arizona Cardinals select Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
No. 5: Los Angeles Chargers select Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
No. 6: New York Giants select Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
That’s quarterback-quarterback-quarterback followed by wide receiver-wide receiver-wide receiver.
So, at No. 6 the Giants get shut out of the top three quarterbacks. Could easily happen. Then, they take the No. 3 wide receiver on the board. With the sixth pick!
This is why some people are writers and not NFL general managers. Nothing against Odunze as a player, and maybe in the end he will even be worth the No. 6 overall pick, but philosophically you can’t do that if you’re the Giants. You can’t take the third-best player at a position that is a need, but not your biggest need, with the sixth pick in the draft. You can’t take a consolation prize that high in the draft.
If the board somehow falls this way and the Giants don’t sign a starting-caliber right tackle in free agency the pick has to be one of the offensive tackles, Olu Fashanu of Penn State or Joe Alt of Notre Dame. Doesn’t it?