After night one of the NFL draft, the New York Giants are looking amazing. Kayvon Thibodeaux at 5th overall and Evan Neal at 7th overall cover two of the Giants’ biggest needs with two of the best talents available. Going into day two, there’s still a surplus of talented players left on the board for the Giants to choose from. The Giants have picks at 36, 67, and 81, so they have the ability to go into day three looking like a much better team. So, here’s some guys I could see repping NY Giants’ blue.
Round 2: 36th Overall
My personal pick at 36 is Jaquan Brisker. A stand-out leader at safety for Penn State, Brisker is a run-stuffing machine who can cover the length of the field. Brisker’s strengths are in his dominant tackling ability and ability to get off of blocks. He’s incredibly versatile and can play in the box or as a slot defender. In 2021, he led one of the best defenses in the CFB with an injured shoulder the entire year. Brisker would pair up incredibly with Xavier McKinney, and provide an excellent talent to a defense that’s already getting better.
Trey McBride could fill a huge need for the Giants too. With the loss of Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph, the Giants have a huge hole at the tight end position. McBride is a large two-way tight end with great catch-ability, which would fit the Giants’ scheme and give Daniel Jones another safety target. The more enticing thing about his game, however, is his blocking ability. Some scouts have described him as a great run blocker but still needs to work on fundamentals and gain a little bit of experience. McBride is certainly my second choice at 36, especially if he can improve his run blocking.
One very surprising option could be Malik Willis out of Liberty. The highly talented QB was predicted to go in the first round, or even the top 10, but dropped all the way to round two. While the front office has expressed the desire to stick with Jones for this year, Willis could still be a surprise pick. Willis is incredibly talented, but an extremely raw talent that would take some development. Brian Daboll is certainly someone who could help that development, but it’s very unlikely that Joe Schoen would pick him.
Round 3: Picks 67 and 81
Into the third round, the options become much less clear. The Giants have plenty of needs to fill, such as LB, TE, S, and IOL. With the first third-round pick LBs like Leo Chenal, Brandon Smith, or Channing Tindall could be good picks. If not, a tight end could potentially be the pick. Charlie Kolar, Isaiah Likely, or Jelani Woods fill that need for the Giants if they don’t take McBride.
The ideal scenario is one of those three linebackers, preferably Tindall, at 67. Then at 81, a tight end like Woods is the pick to make. Other needs like IOL and RB can be filled later in the draft, as this class is especially deep with OL talent in the later rounds.
Day two is especially important now for Schoen to continue building this team to be a serious contender. With lots of talent on the board, it’d be hard for him to miss.