I’m changing things up a bit this week. Instead of using Pro Football Network’s Draft Simulator, I’m going to use one from the NFL Mock Draft Database. Let’s see how much free agency and a different simulator that will change the Big Board rankings I’m working on change the outcome for the New York Giants.
By the way, before I even start going through the picks here, I absolutely know some of you are going to freak out with my pick at #7. Go ahead and hit me with the positional value argument . I’ll live with that, partly because if you’re making that argument, you don’t think safety is as important as I am.
Anyway, here we are.
Round 1 (#5) – Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Offensive tackles Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu are the only two players in the draft class that I would take at No. 5 ahead of Gardner without even thinking about it. They left. I would think Oregon defenseman Kayvon Thibodeaux there, but he’s also gone.
Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross are worth debating here. cornerback, his defense needs to thrive. Gardner is top of the class, and I think that would be a great result for the Giants.
Looking at this board, I have two of the next three picks. I want two of three from Sauce Gardner, Kyle Hamilton and Charles Cross. The guy I want the most is Gardner, so I’m bringing him here.
Other players considered: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame; Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Round 1 (No. 7) – Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
Like I said, when I was sitting at No. 5, I knew I wanted two out of three between Gardner, Cross and Hamilton. The Panthers took Cross at No. 6. With only two experienced safeties on the current roster, and Hamilton being awesome value for money here, I make that choice without hesitation.
I’d love an offensive tackle here, but I’m not picking OT4 (Trevor Penning) over the player who might be the best pure prospect in the draft class.
Hamilton is an all-around safety. He plays high singles. He can cover from the slot. He can play in the box. He can blitz. He has ball skills. read and react. He’s a solid tackler in space. I may not be a trained scout, but I don’t think you need to be to see that there’s nothing the guy isn’t doing right.
Like I said, I would have loved to land an offensive tackle at 5 or 7, but I’m not passing up a potential game changer for Trevor Penning.
There is a good argument for a trade in this scenario. This time, however, I decided to stay pat and take Hamilton.
Smash me in the comments if you want, but I’ll stand by this choice.
Other players considered: Trevor Penning, occupational therapist, northern Iowa, Travon Walker, Edge, GA; Jermaine Johnson II, Edge, FL
Round 2 (#36) – Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
Faalele, the 6-foot-8, 384-pound mountain of a right tackle, is the No. 39 player overall on this big board. This is higher than the large PFN chart has it. Still, I like the upside of this kid. can’t teach 6-foot-8, 384 pounds with arms over 35 inches. I always thought he would be a fallback option if the Giants weren’t able to address the offensive tackle in Round 1. Here, that is exactly what it becomes.
Even though he’s technically perfect, he’s a planet to run around as a devastating pass thrower and run blocker when he hangs on. Maybe Faalele needs some time to adjust to the NFL game. That’s what Matt Gono and Korey Cunningham are for.
Other players considered: Kaiir Elam, BC, Florida; Kyler Gordon, BC, Washington; Jahir Dotson, WR, Penn State; Boye Mafe, Edge, Minnesota
Round 3 (#67) – Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
It felt early for a backup running back. It was, however, a place where a number of tight ends had value on the board. I went with the guy who considers the most TE1 in the draft class. When value and need meet, those are the kinds of choices you like to make, and the need is definitely there for the Giants.
Other players considered: Kenneth Walker, RB, Michigan State; Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M; Jalen Wydermyer, TE, Texas A&M; Troy Anderson, LB, Montana State
Round 3 (#81) – Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
I know this choice will raise some eyebrows. Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker, Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller, and James Cook or Georgia are all players ranked above Williams on the big board used.
This choice, however, is about the resulting conversation. If the Giants are keeping Saquon Barkley, what type of running back are they looking for? There have been talks that they want a third down or back that can handle receiving, blocking and managing duties. It’s Williams.
A fiery team leader and a combative runner who leaves everything behind on the field. Williams has been a worker bee eager to do the heavy lifting on all three tries and has a top third talent as both a blitz pick-up and a road runner The Patriots’ use of James White, Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden could be the model for how to use Williams in the NFL.
Maybe it’s early days for Williams. The board showed that was kind of a sweet spot with a number of running back options, and that’s what I went for.
Other players considered: Walker; Spiller; James Cook, RB, Georgia