April 13, 2021

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7 second-round targets for New York Giants

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The New York Giants hold the 11th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft and are expected to land a top playmaker on either side of the ball.

There are several offensive players that could be available to them at No. 11, namely Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and Alabama’s two stud wideouts, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.

Defensive players include Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye and Miami defensive end Gregory Rousseau.

The Giants also hold the 42nd overall selection in Round 2. There are quite a few players that will be on the board when the Giants pick on the Day 2 of the draft.

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A running back? Yep. Saquon Barkley has gotten hurt two years straight now and the Giants have to be able to run the ball. Their offensive line isn’t exactly the best the it comes to opening space in the running game but that won’t matter much to Javonte Williams, who is a punishing inside runner and difficult to bring to the ground.

The Giants stink in the red zone and on third downs and this 5-foot-10, 220-pound battering ram will force the issue, getting in the end zone and moving the sticks.

I don’t think he lasts until Round 3, where the Giants hold pick No. 76.

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There’s little chance that Zaven Collins falls to No. 42 but if he does, the Giants have to consider him. If they land a top offensive weapon in Round 1, they might be seeking a defensive difference maker with this pick. Collins can do it all. He’s a big, quick, well-rounded linebacker that can play multiple roles in Patrick Graham’s defense.

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In case you haven’t heard, the Giants are looking for a big wide receiver to compliment their current group. Terrace Marshall Jr. is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds and could end up being a breakout player right away in the NFL.

Last year, Marshall racked up 731 receiving yards with 10 touchdowns before opting out after seven games. The Giants have hit on LSU players in the past, so why not go back to the well?

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It’s looking less and less likely that the Giants will retain both Leonard Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson this offseason. Christian Barmore is the prototypical Crimson Tide interior lineman and would be a perfect backfill should they lose their current Bama prototype, Tomlinson, to free agency.

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Kadarius Toney could tumble out of the first round and right into the Giants’ hands at No. 42. A former high school quarterback, Toney is dynamite with the football in his hands. The Giants could use a player who can make something out of nothing and Toney is that type of player. I’m thinking he’s going to wow scouts at his Pro Day and won’t get past the first 25 picks.

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Jaelan Phillips was the beneficiary of Gregory Rousseau opting out last season and put together quite a highlight reel of his own.

Phillips (6-foot-5, 266 pounds) transferred to Miami after two injury-plagued years at UCLA but he blossomed in 2020 and is seen as an ascending player. The Giants want — and need — edge rushers and Phillips could be one of the biggest finds in this draft.

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You might think the Giants would shy away from Georgia cornerbacks after the DeAndre Baker debacle but Tyson Campbell’s size (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) and ability could pique their interest as the compliment to Pro Bowler James Bradberry, which they are in need of. Chances are Campbell’s stock will rise or fall on his Pro Day and he’ll either jump into Round 1 or drop to a late Day 3 pick.

2021 NFL draft: 7 second-round targets for Giants



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