First round (# 11 overall) – WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
In this iteration, the top two offensive tackles, Penei Sewell (Dolphins at No.6) and Rayshawn Slater (Cowboys at No.10) are off the board, as are TE Kyle Pitts (Panthers at No.8) and WR DeVonta Smith. (Bengals at # 5). The Giants love Waddle anyway, which makes him an easy choice, when it comes to player value on their draft board. They think about the pass throwers there and discuss Waddle’s place as well, with Kenny Golladay signed in free agency. Ultimately, they decide Waddle will fit wherever they need him to go on the attack as a catch and run electric weapon. He’s only 5’10 ” tall but can line up on the outside, in the lunge, or in the backfield and once he’s got the ball in his hands, good luck trying to chase him.
Second round (No.42 overall) – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
There are a few intriguing rushers to consider, but Collins represents a powerful mix of immediate help and future projection. Do you remember Bradley Chubb, Josh Allen and Chase Young? They were all former winners of the Bronco Nagurski Award, awarded to the best defensive player in college football. Well, Collins won that award in 2021. He’s a 6-foot-4, 260-pound physical wonder with great reach but unrefined pass-rush skills. He does parts, however. Of his four interceptions last season, two of them were returned for touchdowns. Pairing Collins with Blake Martinez could turn out to be a deadly combination.
Third Round (No.76 overall) – DL Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech
Do you think Dave Gettleman is going to spend the first two days of the draft without taking on a defensive lineman? Williams, at 6-3, 284 pounds, might be a bit of a tweener – not heavy enough for the indoors and not fast enough for the outdoors – but he has a muscular physique, 10 sacks the past two seasons and his job. manuel and his basketball footwork make it a prospect.
Fourth Round (No.116 overall) – OL Kendrick Green, Illinois
This inside lineman is likely destined to be a guard to the next level and his poor disposition will be welcome in the Giants’ offensive line room. If Will Hernandez isn’t here in 2022, Green could be next.
Round Six (No.196 overall) – Edge Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo
What we have here is a potential situational pass passer, someone defensive coordinator Patrick Graham can develop and use as an outside linebacker as he inflates his 6-foot-3, 250-pound frame. He has 17 career sacks.
Round six (No. 201 overall) – LB Ernest Jones, SC
Adding a linebacker at the end of the draft is always an option with a Joe Judge team. The fact that Jones was named Most Improved Player as a Special Teams contributor makes him a match made in Judges’ Heaven. Jones in defense had 19 tackles against LSU.