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Jan 1, 2003

Giants NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Daniel Jones gets another weapon in Jaylen Waddle​

By Paul Schwartz

The Giants only have six picks in the 2021 NFL Draft and so they need to make every one of them count. They own the No. 11 overall selection, two picks in the sixth round but no picks in the fifth or seven rounds. So, forecasting a seven-round Mock Draft only takes the Giants through the first six rounds. For this first Giants Mock Draft, we will use the Pro Football Focus draft simulator. Away we go.

First Round (No. 11 overall) — WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama​

In this iteration, the two top offensive tackles, Penei Sewell (Dolphins at No. 6) and Rayshawn Slater (Cowboys at No. 10) are off the board, as is TE Kyle Pitts (Panthers at No. 8) and WR DeVonta Smith (Bengals at No. 5). The Giants love Waddle anyway, making this an easy pick, as far as where they value the player on their draft board. They think about the pass rushers out there and also discuss where Waddle fits, with Kenny Golladay signed in free agency. Ultimately, they decide Waddle fits anywhere they need him to be in their passing offense as an electric catch-and-run weapon. He is only 5-foot-10 but can line up outside, in the slot or in the backfield and once he has the ball in his hands, good luck trying to chase him down.

Second Round (No. 42 overall) — LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa​

There are a few intriguing edger rushers to consider but Collins represents a strong blend of immediate help and also future projection. Remember Bradley Chubb, Josh Allen and Chase Young? They were all past Bronco Nagurski Award winners, given to the top defensive player in college football. Well, Collins won that award in 2021. He is a 6-foot-4, 260-pound physical marvel with great range but unrefined pass-rush skills. He makes plays, though. Of his four interceptions this past season, two of them were returned for touchdowns. Pairing Collins with Blake Martinez could become a lethal combination.

Third round (No. 76 overall) — DL Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech​

You think Dave Gettleman is going to get through the first two days of the draft without taking a defensive lineman? Williams, at 6-foot-3 and 284 pounds, might be a bit of a tweener — not hefty enough for the interior and not fast-twitch enough for the outside — but he has a muscular physique, 10 sacks the past two seasons and his skilled hand-work and basketball player footwork make him a prospect.

Fourth Round (No. 116 overall) — OL Kendrick Green, Illinois​

This interior lineman is probably destined to be a guard at the next level and his nasty disposition will be welcomed in the Giants offensive line room. If Will Hernandez is not around in 2022, Green could be next in line.

Sixth Round (No. 196 overall) — Edge Malcolm Koonce, Buffalo​

What we have here is a possible situational pass rusher, someone defensive coordinator Patrick Graham can develop and use as an outside linebacker as he bulks up his 6-foot-3, 250-pound frame. He has 17 career sacks.

Sixth Round (No. 201 overall) — LB Ernest Jones, South Carolina​

Adding a linebacker late in the draft is always an option with a Joe Judge team. That Jones was named Most Improved Player as a special teams contributor makes this a match made in Judge’s heaven. Jones on defense had 19 tackles vs. LSU.


Jan 1, 2003

Jets NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Trade leads to big haul beyond Zach Wilson​

By Brian Costello

The Jets have made their plans clear for their first pick in this year’s draft, but there is plenty of mystery after that.

This is our first crack at a seven-round mock draft this year. With the help of Pro Football Focus’ mock draft simulator, we went through the exercise of what GM Joe Douglas might do in three weeks. Here is our draft:

*Picks acquired in forecasted trade

Round 1 (No. 2 overall) — QB Zach Wilson, BYU​

When the Jets traded Sam Darnold on Monday, their plans here became even clearer. The truth is they have been leaning toward Wilson for months. There are questions about his competition level in college and why he had such a better 2020 than 2019. The Jets must feel they have the answers and believe Wilson can be the franchise quarterback they need.

Round 1 (No. 23) — Forecasted trade with Jaguars​

Sending the No. 23-overall pick to Jacksonville in exchange for a first-round pick (No. 25 overall) and two seconds (Nos. 33, 45) The Jets are in a nice spot at No. 23 overall, the pick they acquired from Seattle in the Jamal Adams trade. They have so many needs that they can fill one here or look to move back and get more picks, which is what I chose.

Round 1 (No. 25)* — DL/OLB Jayson Oweh, Penn State​

This is one of the most interesting prospects in this year’s draft. Oweh is a physical freak. The 6-foot-5, 257-pounder ran a 4.39 second 40-yard dash at Penn State’s pro day. The problem is his production. He had zero sacks last season for the Nittany Lions. If you’re drafting a pass rusher, that is something that needs to be investigated closely.

Round 2 (No. 33)* — WR Elijah Moore, Mississippi​

The Jets signed Corey Davis in free agency, but they still could use help at wide receiver, especially with Jamison Crowder entering the final year of his contract. Moore set school records with 86 catches for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020. He led FBS with 10.8 receptions and 149.1 receiving yards per game.

Round 2 (No. 34) — CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State​

Thanks to my trade, the Jets have the first two picks of the second round. After taking a pass catcher with the first pick, they grab someone to stop the opposing team’s receivers next. Cornerback may be the Jets’ biggest need entering the draft. Samuel gives the Jets a potential solution at the position.

Round 2 (No. 45)* — RB Travis Etienne, Clemson​

At the moment, the Jets’ top running back is La’Mical Perine, the second-year player from Florida. He is going to need some help. Etienne is a potential first-round pick. I think the Jets would rather wait until Day 2 of the draft to take their back, and if Etienne is sitting here, they would have to grab him.

Round 3 (No. 66) — OL Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater​

One of the stars of Senior Bowl week both for his play and his exposed belly, Meinerz is a Division III star who could fill a huge need for the Jets. Douglas did little to address the offensive line in free agency. Meinerz is a potential answer at guard where the Jets are weak.

Round 3 (No. 86) — LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky​

Davis’ draft stock is rising, and I doubt he actually makes it this far. If he does, he’d be a perfect fit for Robert Saleh’s defense. The Jets need linebackers as they move from a 3-4 to a 4-3 base defense.

Round 4 (No. 107) — S Jamar Johnson, Indiana​

Marcus Maye’s future is uncertain with the Jets, and they need some depth at the position.

Round 5 (No. 146) — DL Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech​

We are in the best player available portion of the program, and you can never have enough defensive linemen.

Round 5 (No. 154) — CB Benjamin St-Juste, Minnesota​

The Jets added a potential starting corner in the second round. Now, just looking for depth and special teams help.

Round 6 (No. 186) — RB Chris Evans, Michigan​

There were some academic issues at Michigan that would need to be looked into before drafting him.

Round 6 (No. 226) — DL/OLB Chauncey Golston, Iowa​

Saleh had a strong defensive line in San Francisco. He needs to add some depth here.


All World
Gold Member
Feb 5, 2003
As a Giants fan I’d take Waddle in a second. I think he’s gonna be gone by the 11th pick and will go before Smith.


All World
Oct 27, 2001
I find it difficult to accept the premise that the Giants can’t find an offensive lineman, especially one who can play the guard position , with the 11th overall pick. I don’t care how many wide receivers you add if you can’t protect your QB
then your offense will always struggle.


All Universe
Gold Member
Jun 4, 2001
Giants definitely could use a big time receiver to hopefully help give final evaluation of whether Jones can get it done or not.