The New York Giants will be seeking to add offensive playmakers this offseason to bolster their 31st-ranked offense, primarily in the passing game.
In his latest mock of the 2021 NFL draft, analyst Lance Zierlein predicts the Giants will go for the flashiest offensive player on the board in Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle with the 11th overall selection.
Finding another weapon for Daniel Jones is essential, and Waddle has game-breaking explosiveness on all three levels of the field with an ability to back safeties off the line of scrimmage for Saquon Barkley.
Good point. The Giants need to free up Barkley to both run from scrimmage and to catch passes out of the backfield. They only had Barkley for one full game in 2020, so we don’t know what Jason Garrett’s offense would have been able to do had Barkley been healthy for the season.
Either way, Waddle would provide a home run-hitting threat to the receiving corps as well as give them a boost on special teams in the return game.
In this mock draft, two players the Giants should have higher on their board — LSU wideout Ja’Marr Chase and Florida tight end Kyle Pitts were no longer available. Zierlein sees Pitts going fifth to Cincinnati and Chase two picks later to Detroit.
The selection of the 5-foot-10, 183-pound Waddle over college teammate, Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith, could end up being a risky move for the Giants. Smith is a more experienced and refined player but Waddle, who missed much of the 2020 season with an ankle injury, is a more explosive player who is basically uncoverable, especially from the slot.