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Giants Go….Defense in Round 1? Full 6-Round New York Giants Draft: Vol. 1

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Here is my first ever full New York Giants NFL mock draft. As you may have done yourselves, I have been doing mock drafts on the PFF website since the end of the 2020 NFL regular season. The closer we get to the draft, the more I am doing these regularly. I have probably completed over 50 over these mock drafts, but here is a version that could happen.

Round 1: CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech.

For the Giants, the top receivers of the draft are gone at 11. Even Kyle Pitts was picked up by the Eagles at 6. Where do the Giants go here? Well, there is a good offensive tackle with Rashawn Slater on the board, and defensive lineman Kwity Paye. The Giants lack a number two corner outside of James Bradberry, unless they use Julian Love there like they did to end the season. With that position in question, this would be the next best selection than a wide receiver. Farley has good size at 6’2, 207 pounds. He sat out in 2020, but in his two college football seasons he recorded 6 interceptions and 19 passes defended. In a way, this can help the Giants pass rush, giving more opportunities for coverage sacks.

Round 2: WR Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU

The Giants weren’t able to draft their #1 receiver in the first. No problem. Terrace Marshall Jr. falls to the Giants in the second round. Marshall Jr. stands at 6’3 and weighs 200 pounds. He scored a combined 23 touchdowns in the last 2 seasons with LSU and had a career high 731 yards last season. He ran a 4.53 forty yard dash time and a 35.0″ vertical jump. Marshall Jr. could be a vital weapon to Daniel Jones and the Giants offense. A good piece to add in the second round, as he is a potential first round pick.

Round 3: EDGE Rashad Weaver, Pitt.

Weaver is a very underrated edge rusher in my opinion. He serves well in both the pass rush department and against the run. He has 34.0 tackles for loss in three seasons at Pitt to go along with 17 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. He also gets his hands up at the line, batting down 9 passes. He’s got great size standing at 6’5 and weighing 270 pounds. He’s got an incredible spin move that he uses to get inside the pocket. He is very athletic for his size, as he’s able to stay on his feet when he “picks grass” (linemen term). He would bring some consistency and an edge to the Giants pass rush that they need tremendous help in.

Round 4: G Deonte Brown, Alabama

Deonte Brown is what Dave Gettleman refers to as a hogmollie. He is 6’4 and 350 pounds. With the uncertainty at this moment with Kevin Zeitler and the two remaining guards of Will Hernandez and Shane Leimuex, Brown would be a good pick here. He has not allowed a single sack across three seasons at Alabama, which is 865 snaps (according to PFF). Other than Zeitler, the guards have struggled. If the Giants wanted to save money and release their best guard, this is the option they will have to take. Brown would be perfect for pulling in front of Saquon Barkley to open up lanes to run through.

Round 6: LB Riley Cole, South Alabama

The Giants could use more depth and quality a line back, look no further than Riley Cole. He is an athletic linebacker that is able to lay down the “hit stick”. He had a career high in tackles last year at South Alabama with 96, including 6.5 for loss and two sacks. He has good instincts and finds his way around the football a majority of the time. He would be a good addition to have with Blake Martinez and Tae Crowder.

Round 6: RB Pooka Williams, Kansas

With both Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis as free agents this offseason, it is in question whether they return or not. Of course, they still have Saquon Barkley, but what happens if he sustains another injury this year? Who knows what the future holds for the Giants and Saquon Barkley, and that is why the Giants use their last pick in the draft on Pooka Williams. Pooka is a smaller running back at 5’10 170 pounds, but don’t let his size and frame fool you. Williams runs hard like a Wayne Gallman and fights for extra yards. He also has a great burst when hitting the open crease. The Giants need the depth at running back and could use a guy like Pooka Williams in their backfield with Barkley.

About Dylan Davis

Dylan Davis is a graduate of the State University of New York at Canton, where he obtained a B.A.A in Sport Management. He is a former athlete of football and baseball and sports fan for much of his life. Dylan creates content for 366 Sports and New York Giants 366, and is also a host on his own show, “The J&D Sports Show”.

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