New York Giants: Kyle Pitts not the only tight end draft choice to consider

New York Giants, Brevin Jordan

The New York Giants are focusing on improving their offense this offseason. Heading into the 2020 regular season, fans were fairly optimistic about the future of the Giants’ offense. There was a lot of excitement surrounding players such as Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram.

Unfortunately, Barkley tore his ACL in Week 2 and missed most of the season. Darius Slayton struggled to stand out consistently and seems to have fallen into a secondary wide receiver role. Tight end Evan Engram was expected to have a big breakout season. This was the first year where Evan Engram was able to stay healthy and play in all sixteen games. Unfortunately, Engram did not break through the ceiling as most fans expected him to.

Evan’s role expanded significantly in 2020. He was often the first read and primary target in Jason Garrett’s play calls. Engram was targeted 109 times this season. He only found the end zone twice this year, though, and had a total of 11 drops on the year. Six passes that targeted Engram were intercepted this year and he lost a fumble.

Evan Engram was a bad-play magnet this past season. Of course, he still flashed his potential with some incredible performances, like in Week 12 against the Bengals where he totaled 129 receiving yards. But fans are frustrated with the Giants’ offensive ineptitude and aggravated with Evan Engram’s inconsistent and sometimes damaging performances. This has led many fans and analysts alike to mock stud UF tight end, Kyle Pitts, to the Giants with the eleventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

But how likely is it that the Giants actually draft a tight end in the first round and cast Evan Engram aside? It might not be a realistic possibility, though it would be one exciting draft selection. However, there are a couple of other tight end options that the Giants might consider further in the second or third rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Pat Freiermuth

If it were not for Kyle Pitts’s breakout 2020 season, it is highly likely that Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth would have been the top-ranked tight end on the 2021 NFL Draft board. Couple Pitts’s breakout with Freiermuth’s injury-riddled 2020 season, and now analysts are looking at the Penn State product as a second-round lock.

The ceiling is high for Pat Freiermuth. He has drawn comparisons to legendary tight end Rob Gronkowski. Pat even sports the nickname “Baby Gronk” for his violent playing style in college and menacing physical demeanor. In 2018 and 2019, Freiermuth scored a combined total of 15 touchdowns. He was a scoring machine in those seasons and was continuing his career with another impressive season in 2020 before it was cut short.

Probably Pat Freiermuth’s biggest red flag is his injury history. Pat injured his shoulder four games into the 2020 season. The injury required surgery and he missed the rest of the season. This injury has hurt Freiermuth’s draft stock. But this injury and draft stock tumble could make Pat Freiermuth an option for the Giants in the second round.

Brevin Jordan

Another tight end option that could be a target for the Giants in the third or fourth round is Brevin Jordan from Miami. Brevin Jordan is an athletic tight end that is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Jordan has speed and agility that makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers in man coverage.

Brevin Jordan is another player that had a breakout 2020 season. This past year, Brevin established himself as a true offensive weapon for Miami. The U’s tight end racked up 576 yards and 7 touchdowns on 38 receptions through eight games this season.

With the athleticism that Brevin possesses, he could line up in a variety of alignments in the NFL. Jordan could be used in a wide receiver role, being more of a versatile tight end than the likes of Pat Freiermuth, who projects as an in-line tight end. This versatility, though, could be a reason for the Giants to pass up on Brevin Jordan.

Brevin Jordan is a weapon, which the Giants need. But he might be a weapon a little too similar to the one they currently have at his position. Evan Engram is very much an athletic, matchup-nightmare tight end, like Brevin Jordan. Having two players with the same playing style might not be effective (especially when fans have soured on Engram’s playing style). But if the Giants move on from Engram but like this style of tight end, Brevin Jordan is an exciting mid-round option to consider.

Two options for the New York Jets at pick 23

New York Jets

Assuming the New York Jets do not trade for Deshaun Watson, or anyone else, and still have their current draft picks, things could get interesting. The focus of their impending draft decisions has been focused on the second overall pick. However, pick 23 is a very important pick as well.

The Jets have many holes throughout the roster. Whether it be running back, cornerback or something else, there needs to be improvement. Whatever the direction they go in at 23 is, it won’t be quarterback. That position will be decided before that pick is made, most likely. So, I’ll highlight two players the Jets could look at when they’re on the clock with the 23rd overall pick:

Travis Etienne, RB Clemson

A lot of people believe that running backs should never be drafted in the first round. However, there’s a difference between selecting a running back in the top ten and one in the twenties. The Jets could do the latter in the upcoming draft by selecting Travis Etienne.

Running back isn’t one of the more “pressing” needs of the team per se, but the position is still somewhat weak. The team’s top three contributors in the run game last year, in order, were:

  1. Frank Gore – 653 yards, 2 touchdowns
  2. Ty Johnson – 254 yards, 1 touchdown
  3. La’Mical Perine – 232 yards, 2 touchdowns

 

Travis Etienne is a do-it-all back. He can run, catch and do anything else you need him to do. This past season, which was a down year by his standards, he had 914 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns and 588 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns. The two years before, he had 1,658 and 1,614 rushing yards alone, respectively.

As a team, the Jets totaled 1,683 rushing yards, which averages 105.2 rushing yards per game. That ended up being the 23rd ranked rushing attack in the league. What better way to upgrade the 23rd overall rushing attack than with the 23rd overall pick…

Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina

The Jets need help at cornerback, period. This past season, they allowed 275.6 passing yards per game, fifth-most in the NFL. With the way the league is now, with such explosive offenses, you need to be able to stop the pass when you have to. When you can’t stop the pass, you can’t win. It’s that simple.

Now, the Jets won’t be able to get one of the top two corners in the draft with pick 23, but they could probably get one of the top three. The top two corners, according to Pro Football Focus, are Patrick Surtain II and Caleb Farley, respectively. Right behind them is Jaycee Horn. He should be available if the Jets want him.

Horn isn’t the flashiest and doesn’t have as many “highlight” plays on his tape, but his pass-coverage ability may be the best in the class. And in all honestly, that’s all that matters.

In seven games played this past season, Horn allowed only 8 catches on 24 targets for 116 yards. So, on average, he allowed 1.1 catches for 16.6 yards per game. That’s very clearly elite.

New head coach Robert Saleh is a defensive mind, so he and general manager Joe Douglas could bolster the defense here. If they do, Jaycee Horn would certainly help.

Whichever way the Jets choose to go, seemingly any position would help.

Should the New York Giants consider EDGE Kwity Paye with the eleventh pick?

kwity paye, new york giants

The New York Giants need help on both sides of the ball entering the 2021 NFL offseason. The Giants’ offense was particularly poor during the 2020 regular season. Upgrading the offense is a major point of emphasis for Dave Gettleman and the Giants this offseason. But there are weaknesses that need to be masked on the defensive side of the ball, as well.

One major area of weakness for the Giants on defense is at the edge rusher position. Patrick Graham and the Giants’ defense were able to put together a productive pass-rush this past season. But much of the Giants’ pass-rush was schemed together by Graham or generated from the interior defensive line.

New York was inconsistent pass-rushing off the edge. They struggled with injuries and often found themselves starting late-round draft picks at edge rusher. The Giants should make it a priority to find a primary pass-rusher to line up as a stand-up edge rusher in 2021. But should they find this player in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft?

One intriguing EDGE prospect that has been suggested as an option for the Giants is Michigan edge rusher Kwity Paye. Many analysts have mocked Paye to the Giants with the eleventh overall pick in the draft. There is a lot to like about Kwity Paye, but there are reasons to disagree with this mock draft selection to the Giants.

What makes Kwity Paye so exciting?

Kwity Paye’s incredible athleticism and unreachable traits make him such an exciting prospect. He has all the tools necessary to become an elite edge rusher. But he does need to refine his technique and add more pass-rushing moves to his toolbox.

At six feet, four inches, and 272 pounds, Kwity Paye just moves different for a guy his size. Paye clocked a 6.37 three-cone drill at Michigan, an utterly insane time for an edge rusher. That explosiveness and agility cannot be taught at Paye’s position. He is a rare physical talent.

Like Rashan Gary in 2019, Kwity Paye is a Michigan edge rusher that did not put up crazy numbers in college but is projected to be drafted in the first half of the NFL Draft. Paye only totaled 11.5 sacks throughout his four-year collegiate career. His best season was in 2019 when Paye played 12 games and racked up 6.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 50 total tackles.

Sack totals do not tell the full story with Kwity Paye, though. Paye is an edge prospect that frequently found himself in the backfield pressuring quarterbacks. Many of those pressures failed to turn into sacks, but he was still a productive pass-rusher in college. Maybe with some NFL coaching in a better defensive scheme, Kwity Paye will be able to turn those sacks into pressures.

Why Kwity Paye might not be the best fit for the Giants

Kwity may be an extraordinarily talented edge rusher. But he might not be the edge rusher that the Giants need. Paye is has all of the unreachable traits that NFL scouts and general managers will fall in love with. He has too much raw athleticism and talent to bust in the NFL. But his style of play might not translate to every NFL team.

Playing at Michigan in college, Kwity Paye was playing in a 4-3 defensive scheme. This means that Paye lined up as an edge rusher with his hand in the dirt, like a defensive end. Now, the Giants certainly do run a “multiple” defensive scheme, constantly changing their defensive fronts and disguising their coverages. But, the Giants’ base defense is primarily a 3-4 defense. Kwity Paye might struggle with the transition to a stand-up edge rusher after getting accustomed to the defensive end role he played in college.

Additionally, Kwity Paye is a raw prospect. He needs to be molded into an elite pass-rusher. But he will not be an elite pass-rusher instantly, especially if he has to change positions. The Giants are in need of an instant-impact player with the eleventh overall pick. There are other players at other positions better suited to help the Giants win in 2021 than Kwity Paye.

Why Caleb Farley could be attractive to the New York Giants at eleven overall

New York Giants, Caleb Farley

The New York Giants are in need of help on offense. Many fans and analysts project that the Giants will take a wide receiver with the eleventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to solve their offensive problems. But there are certain scenarios where the Giants could go defense at eleven overall.

If the Giants do go defense at eleven overall, there are a few prospects that could entice them. But one intriguing player could be a surprising, but exciting selection with the eleventh pick. Caleb Farley, an uber-athletic cornerback out of Virginia Tech, is an electric prospect that has risen up draft boards in recent weeks.

Caleb Farley is an elite athlete and impressive prospect

Caleb Farley is such a unique cornerback prospect. He stands tall at six feet two inches and has a well-built frame of 197 pounds. Farley started his football career as a quarterback in high school and began his collegiate career at wide receiver before transitioning to the defensive side of the ball in 2018.

That position switch paid great dividends for Caleb and his career. Farley broke onto the scene as a cornerback with elite physical traits in 2019. Not only is he tall and strong, but Farley is also extremely athletic. He once said in an interview that he ran a 4.25s forty-yard-dash in high school, but no one believed him so he told everyone he ran a 4.35s forty.

Regardless of what he ran in high school, Caleb Farley is still blazing fast. He is projected to run a forty-yard-dash time around 4.35s. Caleb was also “reportedly clocked at over 24 miles per hour on GPS trackers during the Notre Dame game last season,” per Pro Football Focus.

Caleb Farley put his elite athleticism into effect with advanced technique as a cornerback in college. He has clean footwork and the ability to mirror wide receivers’ routes. Farley was also very productive, recording six interceptions over the last two seasons. Combining his technique with his incredible makeup speed makes it increasingly difficult for wide receivers to beat him over top.

The Giants run a very versatile defense. Patrick Graham calls a lot of disguised zone coverage blitzes but also relies on sticky press-man coverage in key situations. Caleb Farley would fit right into this defense with his experience playing plenty of zone coverage with West Virginia and his elite man-coverage traits that were always on full display in college.

Caleb Farley is a flawed cornerback with a high ceiling

Caleb Farley is by no means a perfect prospect. In fact, there are some glaring weaknesses that could scare teams away from drafting him in the top ten-to-fifteen. Caleb suffered a non-contact ACL tear in 2017 and also missed the final two games of the 2019 season due to back spasms, showing somewhat of an injury history.

Additionally, Farley is being projected as a press-man coverage cornerback in the NFL because of his traits. However, according to Pro Football Focus, Caleb Farley had only 58 press-man coverage snaps in his collegiate career. He is inexperienced in playing the defensive role that he is expected to flourish in at the next level.

Regardless of his injury history and inexperience, Farley is still one of the most intriguing defensive prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. Caleb is a superb athlete that has all of the traits to be an elite cornerback in the NFL. He projects nicely as a press-man cornerback but will need to refine his skills to achieve success in the pros.

If the New York Giants draft Caleb Farley, he will benefit from playing alongside James Bradberry within Patrick Graham’s complex defensive scheme. Farley would be covering secondary receivers on this roster. Patrick Graham would also be able to put Farley in a position to succeed with disguised coverages that allowed young cornerbacks like Darnay Holmes and Isaac Yiadom to make plays in 2020. Fans might hope to see the Giants draft a wide receiver at eleven overall, but the selection of Caleb Farley would be one to excite fans long-term and fill a major need on defense with an elite athletic prospect.

Why the New York Giants might draft defense at eleven overall

Micah Parsons, new york giants

The New York Giants are entering another crucial roster-building offseason. The biggest point of emphasis for the GIants’ front office this offseason is to revamp the offense. New York’s offense was pitiful in 2020 and they need to fix that to find success in 2021.

This has led many fans and analysts to speculate that the Giants will spend their first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on an offensive weapon. The Giants hold the eleventh overall pick in this year’s draft. This puts the team in perfect position to draft a top-tier wide receiver or tight end. But there are reasons to believe that the Giants could go defense with their number eleven pick in April.

Contingent on free agency

The Giants have a plethora of weaknesses on their roster. Ideally, fans would like to see the Giants add another talented cornerback to the mix and improve the pass-rush. Additionally, the Giants need to find their new offensive weapon. The Giants had interest in trading for Kenny Golladay back in October, so it is likely that they will pursue a wide receiver in free agency.

If the Giants do land one of those big-name free agent wide receivers, they could look to fill another one of those needs in the draft. The top of this year’s draft class features some prominent defensive prospects.

Deep wide receiver class

The Giants might not need to spend their first-round pick to get an offensive weapon. The 2021 NFL Draft class is loaded with wide receiver talent. There are prospects that will be available in the second and third rounds that have the potential to be quality starters in the NFL.

New York needs a new primary wide receiver for Daniel Jones to rely on in the passing game. If the Giants are unable to acquire one in free agency, it is likely that they will draft one in the first round, but it is not necessarily a guarantee. There are some very talented defensive prospects that the Giants could consider at eleven, before drafting a talented receiving option in the second round.

Micah Parsons, Caleb Farley, Gregory Rousseau, and other defenders might be enticing options for the Giants in the first round. Parsons is a rare linebacker prospect that could revolutionize the Giants’ defense. Farley is an intriguing cornerback option that could fill a huge hole in New York’s secondary. And Rousseau is a talented pass-rusher that could fill another need for the Giants on defense.

Taking one of these players in the first round would open up the possibility for the Giants to take a second-round wide receiver prospect. The electric Rondale Moore could be available in round two, as well as the human-joystick Kadarius Toney. This is a year where a team could realistically find a number one receiver in the second round. This could allow the New York Giants to draft a defensive prospect in round one.

New York Giants: An offensive playmaker to target in a trade-down scenario

New York Giants, Rashod Bateman

The New York Giants are in need of offensive playmakers. Heading into this offseason, New York is making it a priority to add offensive weapons. Many fans and analysts predict that the Giants will spend their first-round pick on a wide receiver.

One intriguing and lesser-discussed option for the Giants is to trade down in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Currently, the Giants own the eleventh overall pick in the draft. But a trade down from eleven could yield additional mid-round picks for the Giants to spend in the draft.

There is a scenario where the Giants could trade down and still land their offensive weapon that they so desire. If Dave Gettleman does decide to do what he has never done before (trading down), Rashod Bateman is an intriguing option for him to consider in the second half of the first round.

Rashod Bateman stats and highlights

Rashod Bateman is an intriguing wide receiver prospect out of Minnesota that will likely be drafted in the second half of the first round. If the Giants decide to trade down to a spot within the twenties, they could consider drafting Rashod Bateman.

One New York Giants mock trade scenario:

  • Giants trade pick #11 to the Chicago Bears
  • Giants receive:
    • Round one, pick #20
    • Round three, pick #83
    • Round five, pick #163

In this scenario, or a scenario similar to this, the Giants could spend the twentieth overall pick on Rashod Bateman. Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman is a big-play threat that could on up the Giants’ vertical passing attack. According to Pro Football Focus, Bateman has recorded 47 receptions of 15+ yards over the last two seasons.

Rashod Bateman is a crisp route runner that has drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Chargers superstar Keenan Allen. Bateman posted 147 receptions and 2395 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns through 31 career games in college.

One knock on Rashod Bateman, though, is his inconsistent hands. Bateman has had a slight issue with drops in college, posting a 7.7% drop rate in his collegiate career. Bateman is also not a burner, lacking top-end speed in his athletic package.

Rashod Bateman would be a great target for the Giants if they were to trade down in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Bateman has the skillset to become a primary wide receiver in the NFL, something New York desperately needs. Based on history, it is unlikely that Dave Gettleman and the Giants trade down. But if they do, Bateman should be a top target.

New York Giants: A mid-round receiving threat to keep an eye on at the Senior Bowl

New York Giants, Shi Smith

The New York Giants love to draft Senior Bowl standouts. Down in Mobile, Alabama, this week, the Senior Bowl is underway. Plenty of lesser-known draft prospects are showing up and showing out in an attempt to boost their draft stocks. Through the first few Senior Bowl practices, a couple of players have already made their presence known.

This year’s wide receiver group at the Senior Bowl is particularly interesting for the New York Giants. The New York Giants are in need of reinforcements on offense. Dave Gettleman and John Mara vowed to add playmakers to the offensive side of the ball this offseason.

This promise to find playmakers has Giants fans mightily excited. Many fans and analysts alike have mocked top wide receivers to the Giants at eleven overall in their mock drafts. But some fans and analysts are a bit contrarian and predict that New York will spend their first-round pick on another position, maybe on defense. If that is the case, then the Giants will need to do one of two things: sign a top-tier wide receiver in free agency or hit on a gem in the later rounds of the NFL Draft.

One wide receiver at the Senior Bowl has been making his name known during practice week. Shi Smith out of South Carolina is standing out amongst the talented receiver options in Mobile this week and could be a target for the Giants in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Shi Smith stats and highlights

Shi Smith is a senior who played four years of collegiate football at South Carolina. In his senior year, though, Smith saw his role increase and elevated his game to another level. In 2020, Shi Smith played 9 games and totaled 633 receiving yards with 4 receiving touchdowns.

Smith projects primarily as a slot receiver in the NFL. He is listed at 5 feet 10 inches, 186 pounds, but works better from the slot with a cushion between him and the defender. Shi also has excellent body control, allowing him to make some spectacular catches.

What really turned heads at the Senior Bowl this week was Shi Smith’s route running. Shi was creating tons of separation on his routes against some of the Senior Bowl’s best cornerbacks.

Superb route running is far more translatable to NFL success than the ability to make contested catches. If Smith can separate this well at the next level, he will be a late-round steal for whatever team selects him in the NFL Draft.

New York Giants: Finding that ‘big-bodied, X-receiver’ in the middle rounds

The New York Giants need to bolster their wide receiver corps. After an inefficient season on offense from the Giants in 2020, general manager Dave Gettleman and co-owner John Mara vowed to add offensive playmakers in the 2021 offseason. Whether the Giants acquire an offensive weapon in free agency or the draft remains to be seen, though.

In March, the Giants are expected to be in the market for a top-tier free-agent wide receiver. Depending on how that goes, the Giants could double-dip or snag their first big acquisition at the position in April during the NFL Draft.

There are numerous options for the Giants to consider in free agency. Names like Kenny Golladay, Allen Robinson, Corey Davis, and other top wide receivers are being projected to sign with New York. But the Giants might struggle to sign one of these playmakers at an affordable price. This could lead New York to look towards the draft.

The top, first-round wide receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft class have received most of the attention from Giants fans. But there are actually more lesser-known names that could be a good fit with the New York Giants in the middle rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Mid-round receiving targets

The Giants need a primary wide receiver. Many fans think the Giants would benefit most from getting a big-bodied, X-receiver. Currently, the biggest wide receiver starting for the Giants is Darius Slayton at only 6 feet 1 inch, 190 pounds. Arguing that the Giants need more size outside is fair.

But what sizeable options are there for the Giants in the NFL Draft? What if they cannot acquire one of the draft’s wide receiver prospects and have to wait until the middle rounds? Well, in that scenario, there are a few options for the Giants to consider.

Terrace Marshall Jr.

While he might not be a “mid-round” target, Terrace Marshall Jr. is an intriguing target for the Giants if he slips into the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Terrace Marshall Jr. played that complimentary, WR2 role in LSU’s offense in 2019. As the secondary receiver, Terrace recorded 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. Moving into a more expanded role in 2020, Marshall was legit, racking up 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in only 7 games.

Marshall averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game as the primary target in LSU’s 2020 offensive attack. Terrace Marshall is 6 feet 3 inches, 200 pounds. Marshall could be a solid big-body outside wide receiver option for the Giants, something they are currently lacking in their offensive scheme.

According to Joe Marino of The Draft Network, Terrace Marshall Jr. “offers terrific size, physicality, hands, ball skills, run after catch ability, route-running skills, and overall technical-refinement.” Terrace would be a perfect fit for the Giants if they go wide receiver in round two.

Nico Collins

When discussing outside wide receiver prospects with size, any writer would be remiss not to mention Nico Collins out of Michigan. Nico is the definition of size at the wide receiver position. He stands tall at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs in at a strong 215 pounds.

Nico Collins did not play football in 2020, opting out of the NCAA season due to COVID-19 concerns. But this big-play, vertical threat has been training for the NFL tirelessly. When watching Nico Collins, it is hard not to notice how he overbears opposing cornerbacks with his size and strength.

Nico may be big, but he is not big and slow. Collins has impressive speed and athleticism for a wide receiver his size. While he can be a bit slow or sluggish coming out of his breaks, he has the speed to get vertical and take the top off of defenses.

Nico Collins is a deep-ball machine in a big-play weapon. Five of his seven touchdowns in 2019 came on passes 20+ yards downfield. For this reason, though, Nico is not a top-round talent. He has a lot of developing to do at the next level. With proper coaching, Nico Collins could develop into a more complete wide receiver and become the focal point of an NFL offense.

Tamorrion Terry

One last name to keep an eye on for the Giants is FSU’s Tamorrion Terry. This is another wide receiver with supreme size. Tamorrion is tall and lanky, listed at 6 feet 4 inches, 203 pounds.

Tamorrion Terry is absolutely a project prospect. He is by no means a finished product and will not be ready to dominate the league in year one. But he has some tools that an NFL coaching staff might love to build with. His height, weight, and athleticism could lead an NFL team to fall in love with Terry as a late-round pick.

New York Giants could find desired receiving threat in second round of 2021 NFL Draft

new york giants, terrace marshall

The New York Giants will be in the market for a wide receiver this offseason. Both general manager Dave Gettleman and co-owner John Mara promised to add playmakers to the offense this “roster-building” season. New York will certainly be targeting a receiving threat in free agency or the draft if they are not able to sign a top-tier playmaker.

Many Giants fans are in consensus agreement that their team needs to spend their eleventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on a wide receiver. While the position is certainly a great need for New York, they should not feel like it is first round or nothing at wide receiver. There are a few enticing receiving options for the Giants to consider in the second round.

Second-round wide receiver targets

There are a few talented wide receivers that the New York Giants could target in the second round of the draft. The 2021 is a class loaded with premium wide receiver talent. This gives the Giants more opportunities to find their playmaker.

There are three wide receivers who are seemingly locked in as top-fifteen draft picks; Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, and Ja’Marr Chase. But outside of this big three, there are other exciting receiver prospects that could be available down the line.

Terrace Marshall Jr.

The LSU wide receiver getting all the buzz leading up to the draft is Ja’Marr Chase. Chase was dominant in 2019, totaling an insane  1,780 receiving yards with 20 receiving touchdowns. But Chase was also playing alongside another playmaker in the LSU receiving corpse.

Terrace Marshall Jr. played that complimentary, WR2 role in LSU’s offense in 2019. As the secondary receiver, Terrace recorded 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. Moving into a more expanded role in 2020, Marshall was legit, racking up 731 yards and 10 touchdowns in only 7 games.

Marshall averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game as the primary target in LSU’s 2020 offensive attack. Terrace has something that the receivers on the Giants’ roster do not have: size. New York’s tallest starting receiver is Darius Slayton at 6 feet 1 inch, 190 pounds. Terrace Marshall is 6 feet 3 inches, 200 pounds. Marshall could be a solid big-body outside wide receiver option for the Giants, something they are currently lacking in their offensive scheme.

According to Joe Marino of The Draft Network, Terrace Marshall Jr. “offers terrific size, physicality, hands, ball skills, run after catch ability, route-running skills, and overall technical-refinement.” Terrace would be a perfect fit for the Giants if they go wide receiver in round two.

Rondale Moore

The Giants could go a totally different route, though, at wide receiver in the second round. Rondale Moore is another excellent talent, but with a totally different playing style. Rather than being a big-bodied, physical wide receiver like Terrace Marshall Jr., Rondale Moore is an explosive, speedy option in round two.

Playing at Purdue for the last three years, Rondale is listed at only 5 feet 9 inches and has drawn comparisons to elite Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Moore has reportedly ran a 4.33s forty-yard dash at Minnesota, giving him elite speed downfield.

Moore is a tough sell in round one, though, for good reason. Rondale is explosive and has elite athletic traits. But he has not been able to stay healthy throughout his collegiate career. Moore has dealt with lingering lower-body injuries since 2018 and missed the majority of the 2019 season. In 2020, Rondale opted out, then back into the season, but played in only three games. There has not been a lot of clarification as to the reason why he missed so much time in 2020. Moore could be injured, or could be healthy. He is likely injured, but there has been no confirmation.

Rondale Moore is interesting because he has an extremely high, atrium ceiling. But he also has a terrifyingly low, Mariana Trench floor. Will Rondale Moore ever be able to stay healthy and reach his potential? That is the crucial question. He has all of the elite athletic traits that creative playcallers dream about. But Moore’s inability to stay on the field might keep teams from taking a chance on him early on in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Drafting Rondale Moore would add another element currently foreign to the Giants’ offense. The Giants do not have a guy with game-breaking speed like Moore possesses. He is truly electric and could change the way New York’s offense attacks if they decide to take a chance on this risky round two prospect.

New York Giants predicted to select Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle in mock draft

New York Giants, Jaylen Waddle

The 2021 NFL Draft is a few short months away. But as this offseason begins to ramp up in intensity, the New York Giants will begin looking for ways to improve their offense. Uprgading the offense, more specifically, upgrading the offensive playmakers, is a major point of emphasis for the Giants this offseason. Co-owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman vowed to improve the offense this offseason.

Giants fans have quickly turned their attention to the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency periods. Both free agency and the draft will feature rich wide receiver classes filled with talent for the Giants to acquire. At the top of the NFL Draft, there are a few intriguing options for the Giants at wide receiver.

Ja’Marr Chase and Devonta Smith are two exciting wide receiver options that might not make it to pick number eleven in April. So many Giants fans and analysts have turned their attention towards the draft’s consensus third-best wide receiver, Jaylen Waddle.

Jaylen Waddle is the less talked about wide receiver out of Alabama in this year’s draft class. Devonta Smith, the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, has gotten most of the media attention. There is a good chance, though, that Smith is selected inside the top ten picks of the 2021 NFL Draft. Same goes for the electric Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU. This leaves Jaylen Waddle as the likely next-best option for the Giants in round one.

Jaylen Waddle stats and highlights

Jaylen Waddle has been mocked to the New York Giants in countless mock drafts recently. It seems like a perfect situation where elite talent meets extreme need. The assumption is that the Giants will draft the best receiver on the board in April. This is contingent on what happens in free agency, though.

If the Giants are able to sign a big-name wide receiver in free agency, they could go another direction in the draft. But one of the Giants’ biggest current needs is at wide receiver, so Jaylen Waddle at eleven overall makes sense.

Jaylen Waddle has game-changing speed combined with crafty route running and impressive receiving skills. It is entirely possible that Waddle runs a sub-4.3s forty-yard dash at his 2021 Pro Day. Waddle’s speed makes him a killer deep threat and also makes him highly efficient on shallow or deep crossers. Waddle is able to create plenty of separation through solid route running combined with his elite speed.

Waddle averaged 11.2 yards after the catch per reception over the past two years at Alabama, per PFF. He also averaged a shocking 21.1 yards per reception in 2020. Jaylen posted 28 receptions, 591 yards, and 4 touchdowns in only six games this year at Alabama. Waddle dealt with an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for most of the year, but showed great heart and competitive nature by recovering from that injury and returning for the National Championship Game in 2021.

Throughout the course of Jaylen Waddle’s collegiate career, he played alongside extremely talented offensive teammates. Alabama has been producing first-round wide receiver talents for years, along with NFL quarterbacks and superior offensive linemen. Despite playing in this loaded offense, Jaylen still put up impressive numbers, totaling 1999 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns since 2018, averaging 18.9 yards per receptions over the course of his collegiate career.

Jaylen Waddle is the definition of a playmaker. He is a reliable receiver with the ability to create huge game-changing plays. If the Giants draft Waddle, they will have the choice of moving him inside to slot receiver or playing him off the line of scrimmage in the outside “Z” receiver position. Either way, Waddle dominated at both of those positions in college. If Jaylen Waddle is on the board for the Giants with the eleventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it will be hard for them to pass upon his elite speed and talent.