What direction do the Giants go in the 2021 NFL Draft?
Reports are coming out that the New York Giants have said they are committed to sticking with current starting quarterback, Daniel Jones, for the foreseeable future. With most fans clamoring for the team to move on after this season, the coaching staff and front office went out and stood up for their young quarterback. Doing so opens up countless opportunities for the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Giants still believe Jones can fill the Eli Manning-sized hole as their franchise quarterback. There are eight games left to evaluate if he is that guy. After a roller coaster 21 games to start his career, the Giants are still committed to Jones as their quarterback beyond 2020, too.
Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields be damned.
“They love him. They’re pleased with Daniel there internally,” a league source familiar with the Giants thinking told NJ Advance Media, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “He’s not going anywhere” (via Zack Rosenblatt at NJ Advance Media)
To the chagrin of Giants fans everywhere, this decision was one that could’ve been predicted. Prior to taking over the starting job from Eli Manning last year, the original plan for the Giants was to allow Jones to sit for a few years while learning behind one of the better quarterbacks of his lifetime.
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That plan fell to pieces when Eli opened the season with a myriad of struggles and getting benched. Jones has since had 21 career interceptions and 23 career fumbles. In 21 career games. That isn’t what you want to see at all, but as Dave Gettleman said last year, Jones isn’t even supposed to be a starter yet.
Where do Giants stand with 2021 NFL Draft approaching?
Now that the front office and coaching staff has reassured their young quarterback by saying they are committed to him for the future, their draft plans take a sharp turn. According to Tankathon, the Giants currently have the number two overall pick, and were in prime position to land Ohio State quarterback, Justin Fields.
Now, they turn their focus to the other team needs they have. According to The Draft Network’s team needs list, the biggest needs the Giants have are edge rusher, offensive tackle, linebacker, wide receiver and cornerback. Luckily for them, those needs line up perfectly with some of the most talented players in the draft.
Who are some players the Giants could now target in the 2021 NFL Draft?
If the Giants sit at number two overall, they will most likely address the need they still have at offensive tackle. Rookie Andrew Thomas has not been up to snuff quite yet, and while I’m sure he will be fine in the end, it wouldn’t hurt to give him a running mate. Enter Penei Sewell. Sewell who most likely would’ve been OT1 last year could help give the Giants two bookend tackles for the future of their franchise.
Looking at the other positions the Giants have needs at, you can name a top-10 prospect at each position. Looking at edge rusher, the most likely pick would be Miami’s Gregory Rousseau, and while he might not look ready on his tape from last year, his upside is through the roof and some team will bank on that upside working out. Looking at cornerback, you have either Patrick Surtain II or Caleb Farley, both of whom are phenomenal players worthy of a top-10 pick. Looking at wide receiver, you have Ja’marr Chase as the most likely selection. Looking at linebacker, you have Micah Parsons.
Selecting a wide receiver or linebacker would most likely come after a trade back, which is now on the table more than ever. Giants fans would probably love to see a trade back with one of the quarterback needy teams just outside of the top-5. Doing so would allow the Giants’ draft board to thin out, making their pick easier, all while gaining more draft picks in the process.
The Giants have many options on the table for their future top-5 pick. Following this team could hold the key to how the top-10 picks of the draft play out, as they will most likely be one of the first teams to not select a quarterback now. Keep an eye out for more information about the Giants and watch out for more articles from us here at With The First Pick!