April 13, 2021

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Giants could find quality receivers in later…

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Giants could find quality receivers in later...


There is a growing consensus that the New York Giants are going to make a splash on offense with the 11th overall selection in this year’s NFL draft. They are in desperate need of a big play wide receiver and there could be several in the first round for them to choose from.

But this is a deep wide receiver class and they could bypass forcing themselves into taking a wideout in Round 1 and wait until Day 2 or 3 and still come out with viable playmakers. This way they can grab an offensive or defensive lineman and/or a pass rusher early on and still meet their goal to add big play receivers.

In a recent post, NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said exactly that by outlining some Day 2 and 3 options for the Giants.

How about some more receiving help for Daniel Jones in New York? Jeremiah sees the WR class as a loaded one, with talent flush through the middle rounds. There will be plenty of Day 2 value at that position if the Giants go that route.

Terrace Marshall of LSU, UNC’s Dyami Brown or Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman would provide a more vertical threat, Jeremiah said, while the smaller D’Wayne Eskridge of Western Michigan is a big-play machine with skills in the return game.

Then there’s UCLA’s Demetric Felton, a strong middle-round value.

“Darn near uncoverable at the Senior Bowl,” Jeremiah said. “(He) would be a nice complement for what they have.”

That all depends on who is staring at them with at No. 11. I don’t think they pass on Florida tight end Kyle Pitts or LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase but they might let one of the two Alabama wideouts (Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith) go if there is a higher-rated player there. They probably won’t take Purdue’s Rondale Moore at No. 11 but he slips down to them in the second round, it would be difficult to pass.

Jeremiah left off a slew of other solid talents that will be drafted in the mid-to-late rounds: Florida’s Kadarius Toney, Amon-Ra St. Brown of USC, Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace, Tutu Atwell of Louisville, Iowa’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Nico Collins of Michigan, Houston’s Marquez Stevenson, South Carolina’s She Smith, Seth Williams of Auburn, Tennesee’s Josh Palmer, Amari Rodgers and Cornell Powell of Clemson are among the several dozen or so wideouts in this draft that could end up on NFL rosters this fall.

2021 NFL draft: Giants could find quality receivers in later rounds