RD 2 (36): NY Giants select Justin Jefferson WR LSU
I’m expecting this pick to get the most flack out of any I selected in this mock draft and that’s fine. I’m simply not nearly as high on the NY Giants wideout group as most other people. Even if you are high on the collection of talent, you’d have to admit that the unit is lacking a big-bodied bully that can win one-on-one battles on the outside.
In most other drafts – where the wideout class isn’t as loaded as this one – Jefferson would surely find himself squarely in the first round picture. He still could jump up there after a good combine, as I’m not sure what else he could have done in college to get his name called in round one.
After a solid 2018 sophomore campaign at LSU that saw him lead the team with 875 yards and six touchdowns, Jefferson exploded – along with the rest of the offense – to the tune of 111 receptions, 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns in the SEC in 2019. Jefferson didn’t make his mark as a freshman, failing to make a reception.
Standing 6’3 tall, Jefferson is a prototype ‘X’ receiver and is a legit deep threat. The thought of Daniel Jones and him connecting on deep bombs should make any NY Giants fan giddy. Jefferson’s route tree is as well-rounded as they come and he’ll make his mark immediately in the NFL.
While you surely could make the argument that there are bigger needs than wide-receiver on the Giants’ roster, there is too much value here to pass up on the LSU star here. Many would be upset that Big Blue didn’t come away with an edge rusher among its first two picks here, but don’t forget in this scenario we’ve got the next pick too, as well as plenty of cap space to chase one.
One more positive on Jefferson is that he had his biggest game of the year in the national semifinal against Oklahoma, racking up 14 catches for 227 yards and four touchdowns. He also had big games against Texas and Florida while making some of the biggest catches of the game against Clemson and Alabama.