With the recent news that the Pac 12 and Big 10 will be postponing their seasons, there is no way to tell how the 2021 NFL Draft will work, or when it will happen.
There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the NFL and football in general for this upcoming season, and the only thing fans can do is sit tight and wait for an official decision from the league office.
Putting all of this aside, let’s take a look at five possible players the Giants could target in the draft next year.
WR Ja’Marr Chase // LSU
Ja’Marr Chase had the luxury of playing with first overall pick Joe Burrow last season, but that does not take anything away from his stellar 2019 campaign. He was able to haul in 84 balls for 1780 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In addition to his individual statistics, the LSU Tigers were able to complete an undefeated, championship season. Chase is the real deal at the receiver position and could add some much-needed pop and big-play ability to the Giants’ receiving core.
EDGE Greggory Rousseau // Miami
It is pretty clear the Giants need some help generating a pass-rush. While the team definitely has some solid guys that can get to the quarterback, they don’t appear to have that A+ guy on the roster. Rousseau could be that guy. During his 2019 campaign, he was able to sack the quarterback 15.5 times while also forcing two fumbles.
With a young secondary on the rise, adding an elite edge piece could bolster the Giants’ defense and take them to another level. It should also be noted, Rousseau has recently opted out of the 2019 Fall season. However, his physical traits and dominance in 2019 may be enough for a team like the Giants to take a chance on the edge rusher out of Miami.
CB Patrick Surtain II // Alabama
Surtain II is believed to be one of the top corners in the 2021 NFL draft. With the Ross Cockrell contract falling through, there is a bit of uncertainty about who will be CB2 for the Giants moving forward.
Darnay Holmes, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine, or a free agent are all possibilities to take over that role, but what about in the future?
Drafting Surtain II adds yet another young piece to a Giants secondary already full of youth and potential. He would also team up with former college teammate Xavier McKinney.
C Creed Humphrey // Oklahoma
Humphrey, who is a redshirt junior, is one of the nation’s best interior offensive linemen. In 2019, he was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy which is awarded to the nation’s top center. In the 2020 draft, the Giants added a lot of muscle to their offensive line, but it appears there is still a hole at the center, depending on the play of Nick Gates.
Adding a legitimate center could propel the Giants line into the league’s elite, which would prove beneficial to the entire offense. A 2022 line consisting of Thomas, Hernandez, Humphrey, Lemieux, and Peart sounds very enticing.
LB Dylan Moses // Alabama
For years now, it seems the Giants have lacked that truly elite linebacker, someone that can make plays all over the field. It can be argued that we haven’t had a linebacker of that caliber since the days of Antonio Pierce. Dylan Moses could be that guy. He is now heading into his senior year but has only played two seasons because of a season-ending knee injury he suffered back in 2019 before the season kicked off.
If he can come back and look like he did his sophomore season where he racked up 86 tackles and 3.5 sacks, he will be viewed as one of the best linebackers in the 2021 draft, and a potential target for the Giants.
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