Written by: Ali Jawad
We are just two months away from the NFL Draft. It's that time of the year where teams will be searching for the next wave of players to impact and alter their franchises. A time where contenders will look to strengthen their chances to win it all. A time where rebuilding teams are hoping to find game-changing players to turn things around. One team, in particular, needing a big draft, will be the New York Football Giants. In the midst of a rebuild, the Giants are certainly hoping this upcoming draft will help them take the necessary steps forward. The Giants currently possess seven picks in this upcoming draft. Time now for my Giants 7 round mock draft.
Round 1, Pick 4
Isaiah Simmons - OLB, Clemson
If Simmons is here, I see this a no brainer pick, even with offensive tackle being a big need. Michael Strahan has been associated with the Giants for almost 30 years and has mentioned multiple times how bad the defense is. When I look at this defense, I see the promising young talent but no impact from one player. The Giants need a Strahan or a Taylor on their defense. Clemson's Isaiah Simmons can be that next guy in line. His versatility, freakish athleticism, and playmaking is precisely the type of player the Giants need to center their defense around.
Round 2, Pick 36
Austin Jackson - OT, USC
The offensive line has been an issue for years for the Giants. While I expect them to make a move in free agency, they should also look towards the draft. Austin Jackson possesses superb athleticism, length, and can hold his own as both a run blocker and pass blocker.
Round 3 (Compensatory Pick)
Collin Johnson - WR, Texas
The Giants hit a home run last draft with Darius Slayton in the 5th round, and he certainly proved to be a significant threat against opposing defenses. Still, a need is there at WR — how about one that fits Jason Garrett's scheme in Collin Johnson? At 6'6" and 221 lbs, Johnson is a big physical WR who displays freak athleticism. He can win 50/50 jump balls and would be a red-zone threat for the Giants offense. The addition of Johnson to go with the likes of Shepherd, Tate, Slayton, Engram, and newcomer Kaden Smith would give Daniel Jones a plethora of weapons to throw to.
Round 4, Pick 100
Jonathan Greenard, OLB - Florida
The Giants will have several options at edge rusher in free agency. They should still look to the draft to add more help. Florida's Jonathan Greenard had a very productive 2019 season for the Gators. He has an NFL caliber toolbox as a pass rusher with great length and hand technique and is an impactful run defender as well.
Round 5, Pick 132
Troy Pride Jr - CB, Notre Dame
Here’s another position I would imagine the Giants exploring in free agency but should also take to the draft. Pass defense was a major issue last season and a top need for this upcoming 2020 season. The Giants saw signs of potential from Deandre Baker towards the end of the season but will certainly need to continue to build up at the cornerback position. Troy Pride Jr has the size and length to be an effective cover corner. He also excels in zone coverage, which is something the Giants played a lot last season. Pride Jr would give the Giants much needed help on the outside.
Round 6, Pick 163
Antoine Brooks Jr - S, Minnesota
I like what the Giants have going on at the safety position with Jabrill Peppers and newcomer Julian Love. With Love being able to play all over the field, the Giants should look into adding another safety. Brooks can excel in both single-high and man to man coverage. When watching him play, the word that comes to mind is a playmaker. That is what this secondary and defense as a whole needs.
Round 7, Pick 195
Antonio Gibson - RB, Memphis
Injuries are always unpredictable, but last season was more than enough to convince the Giants that depth is a need in certain areas. Saquon Barkley missed two games and played hurt for many more, and with Wayne Gallman missing time as well the Giants have to figure that adding a day three back is necessary. Barkley can take a full workload, but allowing someone else to step in from time to time would help him out.
Antonio Gibson from Memphis would provide the Giants with a pass-catching threat out of the backfield, and also happens to be a power runner. At 6'1" and 223 lbs, Gibson possesses terrific size for an RB.
Round 7, Pick 215
Robert Windsor - IDL, Penn State
I like Windsor because he plays every snap with great effort. He flashes as a disruptive interior pass rusher with his relentless motor and also great hand technique. Just ask his coach Sean Spencer, who is now the DL coach of the Giants.