New York Giants Full 7 Round Mock Draft

New York Giants, Kaden Smith

The New York Giants once again find themselves picking in the Top 10 in the NFL Draft for the third year in a row.  For Giants fans, the practice of wondering which of the more elite-level talent in this pool of players will suit up for Big Blue.  

With a coaching staff starting to take shape, things begin to get a little more clear on the types of players that could be sought after.  Here is an early look at what the New York Giants could do with their 7 rounds in April’s 2020 NFL Draft.

Round 1 – Pick 4

Isaiah Simmons, LB/S Clemson

Versatility has been a word Giants fans have seen a lot since the hiring of Joe Judge.  Big Blue Nation has been clamoring for a game-changing linebacker for years and may finally get its wish.  

Isaiah Simmons is that answer for the New York Giants.  We have seen how game-changing sideline to sideline defenders can be.  Simmons is built like a linebacker but has the athleticism you’d see in a defensive back.  A guy that can play at nearly any level of the defense, Isaiah Simmons is a true 3-down hybrid that will force opposing offenses to take notice.

Round 2 – Pick 36

Mekhi Becton, OT Louisville

Many believe offensive tackle is where the Giants could and should go in April, but the defensive talent is too good for them to pass up.  Mekhi Becton may not be one of the top tackles in the class, but he has the length, flexibility, and strength to be an immediate NFL starter.  

Round 4 – Pick 100

Bradlee Anae, EDGE Utah

This is where I think the New York Giants will have to have some fortune.  Not having their 3rd round pick that they gave up in the Leonard Williams trade could be missed.  They are scheduled to, and will likely receive a 3rd round compensatory pick due to the departure of Landon Collins, but for now, let’s keep that off the table. 

Bradlee Anae is a name we may begin to see more of as the draft process carries on.  The Giants having the chance to take him with the 100th pick in the draft seems unlikely.  In the very slim chance he is available, they should have that pick at the moment the clock starts.

New York has got to address the pass rush this offseason.  It is absolutely something they could do in free agency, but Anne is a prospect that would be worth taking regardless.  He tied a Utah record with 29.5 career sacks, notching 12.5 in his senior season. He has strength and good footwork off the edge.  What makes him impressive is his evolving skillset of pass rush moves, making him a young artist at the position.

Round 5 – Pick 132

Michael Pittman Jr., WR USC

Considering the lack of experience and injuries at the receiving position, continuing to build weapons for Daniel Jones is important.  One upgrade I think that would be beneficial is a red zone target that could compliment this receiving group. 

Michael Pittman Jr. does not have the speed or burst off the line you’d want in a WR, but he makes up for it.  At 6’4” and roughly 220 lbs, Pittman has the size and hands to go up and get the football. He can be physical and isn’t afraid of contact, which shows up in his crossing routes.  Apart from his red-zone presence one area that Pittman could really benefit the New York Giants is in his run blocking ability. Pittman and Sterling Shepard leading the way for Barkley? Yes, please.

Round 6 – Pick 163

Patrick Queen, LB LSU

Still no official word on whether or not Queen has declared for the NFL Draft, but if he does, someone may get a sleeper.  The New York Giants need linebackers that can cover, and Patrick Queen can do just that. This season, he allowed only 165 total yards in 355 coverage snaps, according to PFF.  Queen can not only cover the field, but he rarely misses tackles. Something the G-Men could really benefit from.

Round 7 – Pick 195

Antonio Gibson, WR Memphis

Hear me out.  Gibson is an explosive player that can also generate yards with power and contact.  He’s a weapon that may benefit from a move to running back. This is where that popular New York Giant word comes into play yet again. Versatility.  Antonio can line up at WR, RB and can even return kicks. This is the kind of weapon you take a chance on with these late-round picks.

Round 7 – Pick 215

Jaron Bryant, CB Fresno State

If you’re still with me, thank you.  Your passion to read into the 7th round of a mock draft in January matches mine.  You have a sense of what the New York Giants need to address this offseason, and a lot of that is in the defense.  Jaron Bryant may be able to help and again… he’s versatile! He has a great physical frame but could benefit to add a bit of muscle.  Bryant is a solid tackler but lacks the speed you’d like to see in a true cover corner. This could all mean a transition to safety in the NFL.

New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons Perfectly Fits Joe Judge’s Mold

New York Giants looking at Isaiah Simmons in 2020 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants hold the fourth overall pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. The Giants finished 4-12 this past season and fired head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants kept general manager Dave Gettleman and hired a new head coach, Joe Judge.

Joe Judge has expressed how important he considers versatility to be during his introductory press conference. When evaluating draft prospects in New England, Judge stated that he studied every prospect as “as a player and an athlete.” Judge continued, “I didn’t look at them as a receiver, I didn’t look at them as a tight end, I didn’t look at them as a linebacker… I’m used to looking at things from a big picture perspective on players in terms of what they bring to the team as a whole.”

Many Giants fans have taken this quote, amongst others, and applied it to one draft prospect in particular: Isaiah Simmons. The Clemson defensive star has played a multitude of positions at an elite level and is set to be a top pick in the upcoming draft.

Isaiah Simmons Is The Definition Of Versatility

In 2019, Isaiah Simmons played 738 snaps. 106 of those snaps were on the defensive line, 239 of them in the box, 256 of them at slot cornerback, 7 of them at wide cornerback, and 130 of them at deep safety. Simmons is a positionless player that lined up all over Clemson’s top-tier defense

Pro Football Focus explained how vital Isaiah Simmons’s versatility will be in an NFL defense:

The linebacker position has evolved unlike any other over the past decade. In 2009, defenses had five or more defensive backs in on only 35.7% of plays. This season, that number is 58.0%, and it’s only climbing. What was once a position with three starting slots available has dwindled to two, and in some defenses, to only one. -Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus.

With a decreased usage of box linebackers in NFL systems, coverage ability has greatly increased in importance. NFL teams opt for nickel and dime packages to get as many defensive backs on the field as possible. Having Isaiah Simmons on the field is like having both a linebacker and a defensive back on the field.

Isaiah Simmons is exactly what Joe Judge wants. He is not just a position, he is an athlete that can play any position. He is excellent in coverage, allowing only 6.0 yards per target (PFF). Simmons can make an impact as a pass-rusher with 7 sacks in his junior season. And Isaiah Simmons is no push-over in run defense, totaling 97 tackles and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2019.

The Giants would need to make the most of Isaiah Simmons’s rare versatility and athletic ability. He is not a player you fit into a scheme. Simmons is a player you build a scheme around. He can move all over the place and make plays from anywhere. This quote from Joe Judge is exactly why the Giants should draft Isaiah Simmons:

Don’t try to shove round pegs into square holes. Figure out what you have. Let them play to their strengths. -New York Giants head coach Joe Judge.

Isaiah Simmons Draft Stock

Most likely, if the Giants want Isaiah Simmons, they will need to take him with the fourth overall pick. There is a chance they could land Simmons if they trade back. But with inside linebacker being such a scarce position in the NFL, there will be a high demand for Isaiah’s talents and versatility.

New York Giants Draft prospects in the National Title Game

New York Giants, Kristian Fulton

The College Football National Championship is finally here, and New York Giants fans should be paying close attention.  LSU and Clemson are set to square off, and both are loaded with NFL caliber players.  Many of which are in positions of need for Big Blue.  The Giants scouts will have their eyes on Monday nights game, and you should, too. 

Who will the Giants be watching in Monday’s National Championship?

Isaiah Simmons – LB/S, Clemson

Isaiah Simmons needs no introduction.  He has been linked to the New York Giants for some time now.  Truthfully, he would be the only player Monday that would make sense with the 4th pick.  Simmons is an athletic freak that can wear many hats in the defense.  That versatility seems to be something new head coach Joe Judge will be highly intrigued by. 

Simmons spent much of his season playing LB, S, and even CB for the Tigers en route to Monday nights game.  He has excellent range, elite quickness off the snap in pass rush, and the man can tackle!  Simmons has very good man coverage skills, which would be a blessing to this defense.  The Giants taking Simmons would be met with rousing appreciation from a fan base that has been wanting a game-changing linebacker for years.

Kristian Fulton – CB, LSU

Another potential first-rounder for the Giants, but only if they trade back from 4 or he has a mind-blowing combine. Fulton is about everything you’d want in a man cover cornerback — he can get physical at the line of scrimmage in press coverage and can remain in an opposing receivers hip pocket.  Excellent ball skills and can be very explosive when closing down distance while playing off coverage.

Some things to watch with Fulton is he has not been the best tackler, so the run game is far from a strength of his.  It also should be noted that he does have a failed drug test in 2017 that may come up as a red flag.

Grant Delpit – S, LSU

Safety is not something I expect the Giants to address early in the draft, which likely means Delpit’s chances of suiting up in the blue are very slim.  However, his talents are worth watching.  

The 2019 Thorpe Award winner is likely to be the highest-drafted safety in April, and that comes with good reason.  Like Simmons, he’s a versatile player that can play single high or in the box. Delpit has great size and length, can play man or zone coverage, and has incredible instincts that show up in his ability to take the ball away.

K’Lavon Chaisson – Edge, LSU

Chaisson is one of my favorite prospects in the draft.  If the Giants do what I think they should do and that’s trade back, look for Chaisson to have a legitimate chance to be a 1st round selection for New York.  

K’Lavon is more of a stand-up pass rusher that brings outstanding speed to the defense, which helps him in containment.  He often looks to win with pure speed and will need to continue to develop his skillset of pass rush moves, but if you watched the Tigers game against Oklahoma, you’d see how much of a difference-maker Chaisson can be.  The athletic pass rusher was coming off of a torn ACL in 2018, but considering Chaisson chased down one of the fastest WR prospects in the draft, CeeDee Lamb, I would say it’s just fine. 

Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU & Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson – OL

What? I can’t be the only one that will be watching offensive linemen in the National Championship Game, can I?  It is no secret that the Giants have to address the offensive line in the draft. They may look for stop gaps in Free Agency, but getting younger across the line is going to be crucial.

Many will wonder what happens with Jon Halapio going forward after undergoing surgery on a ruptured Achilles in Week 17.  Has his play and injury history kept him from coming back to the organization in 2020?  If so, Cushenberry could be that answer. Cush will be one of the few interior offensive linemen that can also play center, and that versatility could be attractive to the Giants. He’s still raw and won’t be an early-round pick, but given how thin the interior OL class is, he could be a top 100 pick. 

Tremayne Anchrum is another intriguing prospect.  Anchrum is an offensive tackle that many believe would be better suited for a move inside. Tremayne could prove himself a late-round tackle prospect with a good showing against the LSU pass rush.  His balance leaves a lot to be desired, and his length needs improvement to be an NFL tackle, but he has solid athleticism and vision that makes him a potential project.

Tee Higgins, Clemson & Justin Jefferson, LSU – WR

Monday nights National Championship game will be loaded at the skill position on both sides of the ball.  These offenses have all the potential to light up the scoreboard, and Higgins and Jefferson are two massive reasons why.  Both receivers have tremendous height with Higgins listed at 6’4” and Jefferson only an inch shorter at 6’3”.  

Tee may be a slightly more polished receiver than Jefferson, but not by much.  Higgins’ ability to burst off the line of scrimmage is pretty impressive for a bigger receiver. Despite this, he could use a little more physicality in press coverage at the line.  He is fearless with an incredible catch radius, showing off his basketball background when high pointing the football in contested coverage.  

Justin Jefferson has a similar toughness while going for catches when contact is inevitable.  He is creative in his routes, finding open space in zone coverage. He also can beat the defense deep with his speed on posts and fly routes.  Jefferson has what it takes to be another great LSU receiver in the NFL, but will need to work on creating separation against man coverage and cleaning up his technique off the line.  It’s no secret that the New York Giants have found elite receiving talent from LSU… could they do it again with Jefferson? 

Why The New York Giants Should Try To Trade Down With The Raiders In The 2020 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants are undergoing major changes this offseason. After going 9-23 over the past two seasons, the Giants fired head coach Pat Shurmur. His replacement, Joe Judge, has vowed to establish a winning culture and get the Giants back on track.

The Giants have one of the NFL’s least talented rosters. Not a single player on the Giants’ roster was selected to participate in the 2020 Pro Bowl. There is plenty of young talent on the roster that the Giants will need to continue to develop.

Rebuilding teams often feature a lot of youth since the way to correctly rebuild a team is through the draft. The Giants had an excellent 2019 NFL Draft class, securing their franchise quarterback in Daniel Jones and picking up a few solid starters in the later rounds. The Giants need to knock the 2020 NFL Draft out of the park to get this roster back on track. In order to do this, the Giants should trade back with the Oakland Raiders.

The Mock Trade

The Giants hold the 4th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Las Vegas Raiders currently hold two first-round draft picks. Vegas owns the 12th pick and the 19th pick. According to the NFL Draft Trade Chart by Pro Football Reference, the Giants’ pick is worth 1,800 points. The Raiders’ 12th pick is worth 1,200 points and their 19th pick is worth 875 points.

The Raiders’ two draft picks combine for 2,075 points, more than enough to move up to the 4th overall pick. In fact, the Giants would probably have to swap a couple of late-round picks with Vegas. But let’s take a look at the first round and examine the clear and obvious benefits of trading down with the Raiders.

The 12th Overall Pick

Rumors were swirling around the last offseason that head coach of the Raiders Jon Gruden was interested in trading up in the draft to select Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Some seem to believe that the Raiders are ready to move on from Derek Carr. If this is true, the 4th pick is a perfect spot to trade up to in order to draft one of the class’s top signal-callers, such as Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert.

Trading back to the 12th overall pick will still allow for the Giants to secure a building block player. Many recent mock drafts currently have players such as Jerry Jeudy, Isaiah Simmons, and Tristan Wirfs being drafted on or near the 12th pick. Anyone of these players would solidify that position for the Giants as one of the strongest on the roster.

Isaiah Simmons would be the perfect player to build around on defense. He is a versatile linebacker that can line up anywhere on the defense and make plays in coverage, run defense, and even as a pass-rusher. Jerry Jeudy is an explosive receiver with elite route-running and dependable hands. Tristan Wirfs would be a massive upgrade at either one of the Giants’ offensive tackle positions.

Now, there is a chance that these three prospects are all off the board by the 12th overall pick. However, there are plenty of talented prospects that will be available with this pick. And the true benefit of trading down with the Raiders is that the Giants would be able to land, not one, but two first-round talents.

The 19th Overall Pick

If the Giants were to make this trade, they would be securing two starters in the first round of the draft. These two building-block players they could select would be the first step in creating a more complete and competitive roster.

Many mock drafts have players like Kristian Fulton, C.J. Henderson, and K’Lavon Chaisson. Kristian Fulton is a speedy cornerback who is excellent in man coverage out of LSU, a school known for producing elite defensive backs. C.J. Henderson is also a cornerback, though he has a bit of a different style. Henderson, out of the University of Florida, is a “long, gangly, and lanky” cornerback that has the physicality to make his presence known in run-defense, too. K’Lavon Chaisson is also a defensive prospect out of LSU. Chaisson is an uber-athletic edge rusher that showed flashes of excellent pass-rushing potential.

Regardless of who the Giants would opt to select with the 19th overall pick, the point is clear and obvious: New York has the opportunity to land two talented starters on rookie contracts if they trade down with the Raiders. With positions of need all over the field, this scenario allows the Giants to plug two holes at once and make strides in rebuilding their team.

New York Giants: Two fantastic alternative draft picks that aren’t named Chase Young

New York Giants, Andrew Thomas, Georgia Bulldogs

With the New York Giants winning two consecutive games, they have effectively put themselves out of Chase Young territory in the 2020 NFL Draft. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, considering the value of a winning culture for the young locker room core of Big Blue, it did ultimately cost them a shot at a generational pass rusher.

However, no player is ever a guaranteed success, which leads us to two other options that could provide a boost for different units. Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas now lead the pack to become New York Giants players in 2020, and selecting either one would be a good move.

The New York Giants should expect Gettleman to harp on the trenches:

It’s likely that GM Dave Gettleman will likely be heading the charge once more for the Giants, and with his preference typically landing on the offensive line, the selection of Thomas could very well be justified.

The first-team All-American is considered to be the most dominant run blocker in the upcoming draft, due to his strength and speed moving linebackers at the second level. If Gettleman is keen on making Saquon Barkley even more useful, Thomas is the right choice here. At 6-foot-5 and 320-pounds, Thomas isn’t easily moved in the trenches, and considering his 13 starts at left tackle this season, the Giants could quickly move on from Nate Solder and plug the Bulldog right into the position.

Alternatively, Thomas could slot in at right tackle, replacing Mike Remmers, who Hal Hunter claims is the leader of the offensive line room.

However, Simmons also offers immense potential and value for the defense. If the Giants feature the 3-4 scheme next season, Simmons would pair well with Ryan Connelly. The Clemson product is often referred to as the best player on the field, and his statistical totals certainly advocate for that statement. His 93 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 7.0 sacks, and two interceptions provide enough evidence to make him the Giants’ pick.

Simmons isn’t only an elite tackler, but he’s fantastic in coverage as well. He compares well with Colts’ Darius Leonard, as they both contain top-end speed and versatility unparalleled at the linebacker position.

New York Giants news, 12/24 – Draft focus shifts from Chase Young to Isaiah Simmons

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

With the New York Giants emerging victorious in the Chase Young Bowl against the Washington Redskins, Big Blue now finds themselves sitting with the 4th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Of course, if they fall to the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend, they could land in the 3rd slot, which would give them a small chance at landing the generational pass-rusher.

However, with the focus shifting from a guaranteed selection to a less than probable one, the name Isaiah Simmons has begun popping up. The Clemson linebacker has had a stellar 2019 campaign, totaling 93 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 7.0 sacks, six passes defended, and two forced fumbles.

Simmons is often the best player on the field at any given time for Clemson, who has boasted a premium-level defense in recent years. If the Giants elect to stick with the 3-4 defensive scheme, Simmons makes complete sense alongside Ryan Connelly, who climbed the depth chart and overcame Alec Ogletree for the starting job. Connelly tore his ACL in week three against Washington the first time around, but he has made significant progress in his comeback.

Pairing Connelly with Simmons would give the New York Giants a great one-two punch at linebacker, considering his abilities to not only cover tight ends and running backs in the flat but his pass-rush speed as well. Filling the void at outside linebacker would become the priority. We can assume Markus Golden, who has racked up 10.0 sacks this year, will earn an offer from GM Dave Gettleman. It’s also possible they target another pass-rusher in free agency, despite the plethora of talent they need to inject into the secondary.

With the lackluster performance from the Giants’ defense this year, we can expect Gettleman to work diligently in free agency before the better players are plucked from the market.

Nonetheless–

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New York Giants: Isaiah Simmons the New Top Defensive Draft Prospect

The New York Giants came out victorious in a thrilling Week 16 overtime matchup on the road against the Washington Redskins. This game seemed quite meaningless, given that both teams were 3-11 heading into the contest. But in actuality, the game had extreme draft implications.

The Giants held the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft before Sunday’s contest. But after beating the Redskins, the Giants fell to the fourth pick, locking Washington in at number two. This draft order, of course, could change in Week 17, but it seems like the Giants will not be drafting in range of Chase Young anymore.

Have no fear, Giants fans. This is a loaded draft class. There will be plenty of defensive playmakers not named Chase Young available for New York with their top-five or top-ten pick. One prospect to keep an eye on is Clemson’s, Isaiah Simmons. 

Isaiah Simmons Stats and Highlights

Isaiah Simmons is the most versatile player in college football. This year, Simmons played 104 snaps on the defensive line, 203 snaps as a box linebacker, 230 snaps as a slot cornerback, 106 snaps at free safety, and he even played 6 snaps at wide cornerback (Pro Football Focus). Isaiah has the athletic ability to line up and make an impact anywhere on the defense.

He will be listed as a linebacker in this year’s draft, as that is his primary position, but Isaiah Simmons will make plays from any position. In his junior 2019 season, Clemson’s playmaking defender has totaled 93 tackles in 13 games. Additionally, Simmons has driven opposing offenses backward with 14.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. Isaiah has been a playmaker in coverage too, with 2 interceptions and 6 passes defended.

According to The Draft Network, “At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds with 4.4 speed, Simmons has the potential to be a centerpiece for a defensive game plan when it comes to man coverage roles. He is the kind of player who can allow a team to get aggressive in its scheme because of his range.”

The New York Giants have lacked talent at the linebacker position for years now. That could change this offseason. If the Giants are lucky enough to land Isaiah Simmons in the 2020 NFL Draft, they will get an instant-impact, playmaker on defense. He would boost New York’s pass-rush, run-defense, and pass-defense. Isaiah Simmons is the definition of versatility and would be a home-run selection for the New York Giants in 2020.