Giants Mock Draft 2.0: Sauce Gardner, offensive linemen

In our latest seven-round Giants Mock Draft there’s almost one thing for everybody, and particularly an awesome deal for these determined to see this staff import expertise to restock the offensive line.

For this trial, we used the Pro Football Focus simulator, which makes use of its personal grading system to judge draft prospects, usually resulting in attention-grabbing and shocking outcomes, when it comes to which gamers on and off the board. Here is Giants Mock Draft 2.0:

Round 1, No. 5 general: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

Previous choose:  OL Ickey Ekwonu

In this simulation, Aidan Hutchinson, Derek Stingley Jr., Kyle Hamilton and Kayvon Thibodeaux have been off the board, giving the Giants at No. 5 their choose of any of the offensive tackles, in addition to defensive finish Travon Walker. They need and wish a proper sort out and love Ickey Ekwonu however go together with Neal, who stands almost 6-foot-8 and carries his 337 kilos remarkably properly. He has the dimensions, power and approach to play left or proper sort out and pairing him with Andrew Thomas (first spherical choose in 2020) offers the Giants younger bookend tackles for what they hope will likely be a decade.

Evan Neal goes to the Giants at No. 5 here
Evan Neal goes to the Giants at No. 5 right here
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Round 1, No. 7 general: Sauce Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Previous choose:  DE Travon Walker

Ekwonu and Charles Cross can be found however the Giants, though tempted, will not be going to double-down with one other offensive lineman. Walker was taken by the Panthers at No. 6 and which means there aren’t any edge rusher/line of defense prospects the Giants like this excessive. Gardner is a need-value choice. He didn’t permit a landing in faculty, has nice size and ball-hawk abilities and possesses simply the correct quantity of confidence/cockiness for the position. With James Bradberry anticipated to be a wage cap departure, Gardner will likely be wanted to step in instantly.

Sauce Gardner goes to the Giants at No. 7 here
Sauce Gardner goes to the Giants at No. 7 right here

Round 2, No. 36 general: Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M

Previous choose:  C Tyler Linderbaum

Get a take a look at the way in which the 323-pound Green ranges defenders as a run blocker and you’ll come away impressed. He took some snaps exterior at sort out this previous season however he’s best-suited for guard within the NFL and has the physique and temperament to be a very good one. Pass-protection approach wants work however he ought to problem for a beginning job immediately, as there’s a guard spot open on what will likely be a virtually utterly revamped line.

Round 3, No. 67 general: Josh Paschal, Edge, Kentucky

Previous choose:  S Jalen Pitre

Paschal arrives as already NFL-sized (6-3, 268) and ascending — his 15.5 tackles for loss led the Wildcats this previous season. He is the one three-time staff captain at school historical past and must be a constructive drive within the locker room from Day 1. The Giants want loads of assistance on the sting and hope Paschal can staff with Azeez Ojulari (second spherical, 2021) to type a youthful go rush duo with some punch.

Round 3, No. 81 general: Khalil Shakir, WR, Boise State

Previous choose:  LB Leo Chenal

Anything improper with a staff that would not discover the tip zone in 2021 including a participant who persistently finds his approach throughout the objective line? Shakir scored a landing each seven touches final season. He caught 77 passes for 1,117 yards and may have the ability to be utilized in many alternative methods in Brian Daboll’s assault. He additionally has worth as a kickoff and punt returner. The Giants have Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney however neither scored a single landing in 2021.  Plus, Sterling Shepard is coming off a torn Achilles.

Round 4, No. 112 general: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

Previous choose: TE Cade Otton

As a big-time recruit from Long Island (Lindenhurst), Ruckert grew up a Jets fan however he’ll look simply high-quality in blue as an in-line blocker at 250 kilos. In his faculty career, Ruckert caught 54 passes and had 12 touchdowns for the Buckeyes and was in a position to make some highlight-worthy grabs in massive video games. It will not be straightforward to place up massive numbers with all of the weapons assembled in Columbus. Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph are gone and the signing in free company of Ricky Seals-Jones doesn’t low cost including somebody at this position in the course of this draft.

Jeremy Ruckert goes to the Giants in the fifth round here
Jeremy Ruckert goes to the Giants within the fifth spherical right here
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Round 5, No. 147 general: Zach Tom, OL, Wake Forest

Previous choose: RB James Cook

Three offensive linemen within the first seven picks? You betcha. You can by no means have too many and Lord is aware of the Giants by no means have sufficient. Tom began the previous two seasons at left sort out however initiatives extra of an inside participant, most probably at middle, primarily based on his smarts and robust go safety abilities. The Giants signed veteran Jon Feliciano to start out at middle however gave him a one-year contract. Tom has position versatility, an enormous plus.

Round 5, No. 173 general: Cordale Flott, CB, LSU

Previous choose: G Jamaree Salyer

Flott performed in 29 video games in three seasons on the highest degree of school competitors. He has good measurement and may be best-suited for a task as a nickel again within the slot as he acclimates to the NFL. The Giants had him in for considered one of their top-30 visits to familiarize themselves with him as an individual.  

Round 6, No. 182 general: Noah Elliss, DT, Idaho

Previous choose:  CB Vincent Gray

At 346 kilos, Elliss is a load in the course of the line of defense. He was coached in faculty by his adopted father, Luther Elliss, a longtime NFL participant. The Giants added Justin Ellis from the Ravens in free company however can use one other massive physique on protection.

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