New York Giants 2021 Mock Draft

New York Giants 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Way-too-early-edition

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • Chris Olave
  • Dave Gettleman
  • Jeremiah Moon
  • Jimmy Morrissey
  • Micah Parsons
  • New York Giants
  • NFL
  • Tamorrion Terry
  • Tanner Morgan
By Usayd Koshul August 25, 2020 0 Comment
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The 2021 NFL Draft may be more than eight months away but does a way-too-early New York Giants mock draft look like?

The NFL is like New York City, it never sleeps. As soon as one thing ends, another begins. When the 2020 NFL Draft ended just four short months ago, team scouts began preparations for the 2021 NFL Draft. The New York Giants are no different. Whether or not current general manager Dave Gettleman will be with the franchise once the calendar turns to 2021, next off-season will be another opportunity for the Giants to add some talent.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen the Giants invest in some critical positions like quarterback, running back, offensive line, and edge rusher. The 2021 draft will be about continuing to add talent to a roster that already has a majority of its core in place. By this time next year, the Giants shouldn’t have any major holes to fill.

There are a few things to keep in mind when reading this mock draft. First, the draft order was randomized. Second, it’s only August. This means that nobody has had the opportunity to watch film on every prospect just yet. So don’t complain if your favorite player isn’t listed below. Third, the Giants needs, roster outlook, and draft capital will change between now and April 2021.

What does a 2021 NFL Mock Draft for the Giants look like in August? Let’s find out.

 

1) Round One, Pick Four: LB Micah Parsons, Penn State

The most popular 2021 draft prospect amongst the Giants fanbase right now, drafting Micah Parsons would give the Giants a legitimate presence in the middle of the defense. An excellent fit in Patrick Graham’s defense, Parsons possesses the speed to play like a modern-NFL linebacker and can have an impact when dropping back into coverage as well.

If the Giants secondary and defensive line can progress as most hope they will, adding Parsons to what is expected to be an already solid defense will put the entire unit over the top.

2) Round Two, Pick 36: WR Chris Olave, Ohio State

Golden Tate isn’t the future for the Big Blue and Sterling Shepard has been hindered by injuries. Undrafted free agent Austin Mack has emerged in training camp over the last few weeks, however, the 2021 draft is loaded at the wide receiver position. That means the Giants shouldn’t pass up on any chance to add playmakers for quarterback Daniel Jones.

Giving Jones a playmaker like Chris Olave, who wins with route running and separation is the best way to go. One noteworthy stat from Olave’s sophomore campaign was his 17.5 yards per reception. This is especially impressive considering he played in just 13 games and had just 48 receptions.

Overall, Olave is a player who’s still growing as a player but still possesses the skillset to have an impact as a rookie once he makes the jump to the NFL.

3) Round Three, Pick 68: WR Tamorrion Terry, Florida State

Yup, you can never have too many playmakers for your quarterback, just ask the face of the NFL, Patrick Mahomes. Some may consider adding another wide receiver a luxury pick but Tamorrion Terry would give the Giants a true redzone threat.

Listed at 6-foot-4, Terry had a huge sophomore season for the Seminoles, with 60 receptions for 1188 yards, and eight touchdowns, averaging 19.8 yards per reception. He’s got big-play ability written all over him and can be the spark an offense needs when its off to a slow start.

Adding Terry isn’t just about giving Jones more play-makers, it’s also about continuing to build an offense that has an exciting young future ahead of it.

4) Round Four, Pick 99: QB Tanner Morgan, Minnesota

Head coach Joe Judge is from the Patriots coaching tree and it’s in New England where they love to draft quarterbacks on day three, only to flip them for future draft capital down the road. Drafting a guy like Tanner Morgan is about upgrading the backup quarterback position and ensuring that Jones has a backup for the foreseeable future.

There’s a lot to love about Morgan’s skillset. He’s confident, makes quick decisions, and seems to be on the same page with his play-makers. His will not, however, wow you with his arm strength. Due to this, he often relies more on anticipation to complete his throws.

Adding Morgan may seem like a head-scratcher for some but he does possess the potential to develop into a good backup who can rise to the challenge when called upon.

5) Round Five, Pick 163: Edge Jeremiah Moon, Florida

Kyler Fackrell and Markus Golden are set to become free agents in 2021 and while Oshane Ximines had a solid rookie season with 4.5 sacks, adding a rotational pass rusher isn’t an option in 2021, it’s a necessity. Jeremiah Moon may not be ready to start day one, however, he is the kind of player that Graham and his staff can develop into a solid two-down pass rusher.

There’s two words that accurately describe Moon as a prospect: Raw and energetic. He needs to add more strength to his frame as it will allow for him to convert speed-to-power. He can also be an asset in coverage, dropping back when needed to matchup against tight ends and slot receivers.

During his time at Florida, Moon may have just nine tackles for loss and five sacks, however, the puzzle for him to become a solid edge rusher is in front of him. It will all just depend on whether or not he can the coaching staff can put it together.

6) Round Six, Pick 195: IOL Jimmy Morrissey, Pittsburgh

The Giants have invested a lot into the offensive line under Dave Gettleman through the NFL Draft. Between Will Hernandez, Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart, and Shane Lemieux, that’s four picks over a three-year period. To some, adding Morrissey doesn’t make much sense but in some cases, he’s too good to pass up on.

Morrissey isn’t overly flashy, however, he does win with technique. Just ask Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz how that’s worked out for him. It’s simple, guys who may not be the greatest athletes can make up for it by being detailed with regards to their technique.

Morrissey’s biggest impact will come in the running game, where he seems to dominate the most. While his natural position may be center, he may have to slide over to guard at the next level. This is a player who won’t be a day one starter, however, he has the makings of being a competent backup for his first few years in the NFL while being developed by offensive line coach Marc Colombo.

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