Written by Ali Jawad
With week one of free agency in the books Giants General Manager, Dave Gettleman came away with a great signing at corner with former Panthers corner James Bradberry addressing a pressing need for the Giants. Gettleman also added Blake Martinez, a volume tackler, good run defender, and a guy that will be familiar with Patrick Graham's new defense. To cap off the first week of FA. A couple of short term options, such as tackle Cam Fleming, linebacker Kyler Fackrell, and tight end Levine Toilolo. Nothing is a guarantee for the draft but with the specific moves, the Giants made it gives us somewhat of a clear idea of what draft weekend could look like for the G-Men and what they could potentially address. Time now for my post-free agency mock draft.
Round 1 Pick 4 Tristan Wirfs OT Iowa
While Isaiah Simmons is the pick, everyone wants here the Giants are in dire need of an upgrade on the offensive line. It’s an opportunity to grab a franchise left tackle for Daniel Jones, and Tristan Wirfs is the man for the job. By far, the most athletic OT in the draft can play both tackle positions and is the type of blocker I would want on screenplays leading the way for Saquon Barkley.
Round 2 Pick 36 Zack Baun EDGE Wisconsin
Like offensive tackle, edge rush is a pressing need. The Giants have a decision to make on Markus Golden who was the team leader in sacks in 2019. They brought in another one year option in former Packer LB Kyler Fackrell, who played for new Giants DC Patrick Graham in Green Bay in 2018 when he posted 10.5 sacks. It seems like the plan this year is sack by committee. So why not add in a guy like Zack Baun out of Wisconsin who recorded 53 tackles and 12.5 sacks. Baun can also make an impact in run defense as well as pass coverage. Giving Patrick Graham another versatile option in the front seven.
Round 3 Pick 99 Collin Johnson WR Texas
The Giants have plenty of options at WR with Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate. Still, a big-bodied WR who can turn into a red zone threat for Daniel Jones is much needed. Collin Johnson fits that picture at 6’6” 222 lbs. Johnson is physical at the top of his routes and does a great job high pointing catches.
Round 4 Pick 110 Loyd Cushenberry III C LSU
The Giants continue to revamp the offensive line by addressing another pressing need at center. Cushenberry is powerful has great arm length, good hand punch, and sets up well in pass protection.
Round 5 Pick 150 Dane Jackson CB Notre Dame
As I mentioned, in the beginning, James Bradberry was a big signing for the Giants, not to mention Deandre Baker showed promise towards the end of last season. The Giants could still use more corner depth. Notre Dames Dane Jackson is a highly competitive corner that allowed a completion percentage of just 42 percent. He also provides support in run defense and will show a burst of speed to close in on the play.
Round 6 Pick 183 Jordan Fuller S Ohio State
I like where the Giants currently stand at the safety position with Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love. The Giants would, however, can take advantage of Love’s versatility in the secondary while having depth at safety. Fuller can line up and cover tight ends, an area the Giants struggled in last season. Is aggressive attacking downfield and was a great leader in that Buckeye secondary.
Round 7 Pick 218 Levonta Taylor CB Florida State
Another corner for the Giants, you can never have enough corners. Taylor has the mental toughness to play at the next level. His effort can’t be questioned and will make second and third chance plays. Will struggle in certain coverages but is best suited against smaller and quicker WR.
Round 7 Pick 238 Micheal Warren II RB Cincinnati
The Giants brought in Dion Lewis on a one year deal, and when looking at the numbers, he can be useful as a receiver. Wayne Gallman, when healthy, has made plays as well. Another area that calls for depth is RB. Many were impressed when Saquon Barkley returned from a high ankle sprain after just two weeks. Injuries are unpredictable, but teams must always be ready. Micheal Warren II was a productive back who has recorded 14 games of 100-plus rushing yards and 36 touchdowns since 2018. He is a chain mover who is reliable in short-yardage situations.
Round 7 Pick 247 Calvin Throckmorton OT Oregon
Throckmorton was a four-year starter on an impressive Oregon offensive line. Scouts are impressed with how smart a football player he is. He has experience at tackle, guard, and center. Throckmorton also a tough, strong player who absorbs contact and maintains balance.
Round 7 Pick 255 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.