The NFL mock drafts by no means appear to stop. We haven’t even began coaching camps for the 2021 season and listed here are we’re mocking the 2022 NFL draft.
Nicely, we’re not, technically. We’re simply posting what different websites are predicting and commenting on them. The most recent mock comes from Lorenz Leinweber of Sports Illustrated.
With the ninth general choose, the Giants chosen Clemson cornerback Andrew Sales space.
“Think about including an explosive playmaking defensive again to among the finest items within the league. That’s precisely what this choose would do. Sales space is anticipated to shine as a full-time starter in 2021,” writes Leinweber.
You may’t have sufficient corners, we all know that, however the Giants have a really crowded secondary room in the meanwhile. What it should appear like subsequent April is unknown, so this choose isn’t off the wall. The one difficulty I’ve is that the Giants are selecting within the high 10 for the fifth time within the final seven years, which means they may stink once more in 2021.
With the entire enhancements the Giants made to their roster this offseason, they’re taking a look at not less than a two recreation enchancment over final yr’s 6-10 end which might put them at 8-9 and in the midst of the draft order, someplace between Nos. 16 advert 21.
With their different choose within the first spherical — the one they obtained within the draft day commerce with the Chicago Bears this yr — the Giants take USC defensive finish Drake Jackson at No. 12.
“With their second choose of the primary spherical, the Giants proceed to enhance their protection. Jackson and Ojulari may be among the finest younger go rush duos within the league,” writes Leinweber.
True, however the Giants run a 3-4 base protection and the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Jackson will possible be shifted to exterior linebacker, maybe to interchange Lorenzo Carter. Can he play there? That’s for the Giants’ personnel individuals to decipher. Jackson does have a ton of potential, although, and seems to be worthy of such a excessive choose.
If the Giants hit on Azeez Ojulari this yr, they possible received’t look to draft over him with one other go rusher. Since they now know the way to use their draft capital, it’s very doable they commerce considered one of these first spherical picks for both a participant or in a possible transfer up within the draft.