No, it’s not the Top 50. We are spoiled. This year, between not having a Combine for uniform comps and logistical hurdles, we are unable to bring a Top 50. We hope to deliver that next year. BUT… we still are able to add some decent color on a lot of players.
“This is not a top-heavy draft. There are TWO players that really ‘wow’ me,” says the UltimateNYG Draft Analyst. “They are Trevor Lawrence and Kyle Pitts. Pitts is just a freak. It is crazy what he is able to do.” No one else is really worthy of a very high pick, beyond of course the QBs, who always get picked high because of their positional importance. The only other player that really is impressive is Ja’Marr Chase, and even there he has to go to the right team to leverage his assets. All of this is to reinforce the decision for the Giants to TRADE DOWN. Of course if there is someone you really like at 1.11, go ahead and take him. But this draft’s strength is later in Round 1, toward the latter third or even the end of the Round.
- QB Trevor Lawrence
- TE Kyle Pitts
- WR Ja’Marr Chase
- T Penei Sewell
- QB Zach Wilson
- CB Jaycee Horn
- QB Justin Fields
- QB Trey Lance
- WR Jaylen Waddle
- T Rashawn Slater/CB Patrick Surtain
Wonder did look into Offensive Linemen in this year’s draft because of his interest for both the Giants and the Jets. He really prefers the Giants to trade down. Assuming Sewell is not there at 1.11, he’d like to see the Giants trade down to ~1.20 with the Bears and see who is available among:
T Rashawn Slater (most likely gone)
T Teven Jenkins
T Christian Darrisaw
EDGE Kwity Paye … and if all 4 of those are gone by 1.20 (doubtful, but possible), trade down again OR take
C Creed Humphrey
Wonder loves Teven Jenkins. If his Jets can get him at 1.23, he’d be thrilled. MAULER! Dollar for dollar, this is probably one of the big value players for Wonder in this draft. It would be somewhat frightening for the Jets to have Becton at LT and Tevin Jenkins at RT. For the Giants, if Peart does not work out, Jenkins is there, and if Peart works out, you have a 10 year MAULER GUARD WHO CAN MOVE TO TACKLE FOR DEPTH.
Another idea is to move back further to the end of Round 1… 1.28-1.32. There is a list of players Wonder likes for the Giants in this area of the draft:
C Creed Humphrey
LB Zaven Collins – “Best all around LBer in the Draft”
EDGE Azeez Ojulari
CB Greg Newsome
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
T/G Alijah Vera-Tucker
T Jalen Mayfield
RB Najee Harris (less so for the Giants because of need)
C Landon Dickerson (* as long as medical checks out, if not, pass)
In Round 2 – Round 3:
T Jackson Carman – R3 value, Clemson Road Grader, short arms, but like him in a phone booth
G Wyatt Davis – VG pass protector, plug and play right now
G Aaron Banks – Notre Dame, huge, long arms, VG as run blocker, can use massive size as leverage, POTENTIAL here is significant, upside is intriguing so a lot of value in R3.
T Alex Leatherwood – yah yah, I know he’s going higher, but I would wait until 2.50’s, sorry, that is where I take him.
T Dillon Radunz – Tough, Strong, Steal in Round 3.
T Sam Cosmi – Moves real well, yes others have him higher but not taking him until R3.
EDGE Jaelan Phillips – He has great potential but I cannot speculate on the medical risk, so I am not taking him high.
CB Caleb Farley – might be a star, but I do not take players with back problems in Round 1.
There was buzz about the workout numbers of Jayson Oweh. Wonder did not bite. “I need to see more of it on the field to take him in Round 1. At least I know Kwity Paye is going to be a good football player.”
We really focused on the Offensive Linemen because when you consider that the Giants have WRs in Golladay, Shepard, Slayton, Ross and RB Barkley and TE Rudolph/Engram, keep drafting Offensive Linemen. A dozen names here. Go get’em. Trade down and get more of them!