NY Giants needs: 4 playmaking WR free agents, NFL Draft targets

Allen Robinson II #12 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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Devonta Smith, NFL Draft
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3) Devonta Smith

The Giants sat out what was believed to be a historically deep and talented wide receiver class during the 2020 NFL Draft — which if early returns of the class prove true, will reinforce that belief — but that is unlikely to be the case this year after New York’s receivers’ dramatic regression last season.

It is entirely possible, and there is an argument that they should, that the NY Giants will invest the No. 11 overall pick in a receiver. That receiver could very well be Alabama Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith.

If Smith is the Giants’ pick, he would arrive in East Rutherford as the receiver with the highest ceiling, immediately rise to the top of the depth chart, and his ball-skills would likely make him Jones’ favorite target. Last season, PFF gave Smith a career-high 95.6 receiving grade, with an even higher 96.1 mark against man coverage.

Smith, 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, is widely viewed as a top-10 pick and might not be available when the Giants go on the clock, but if he’s on the board, his combination of elite speed and reliable hands would be tough to pass up.