The NY Giants’ defense took significant strides in 2020, as the offense scored the second-fewest points in the NFL, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility Dave Gettleman uses his first two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft to give Daniel Jones a boost.
That is exactly how Pro Football Focus’ latest two-round NFL Mock Draft projection plays out for the Giants, beginning with Gettleman nabbing an offensive tackle for the second consecutive year, perhaps cementing New York’s bookends for the next decade:
"11. NEW YORK GIANTS: T PENEI SEWELL, OREGONFirst things first, the chances of Sewell actually falling this far are slim. But this mock represents what I would do and not what the NFL would do, so a generational tackle falls right in the lap of New York here at Pick 11.Sewell recorded a 95.8 PFF grade in 2019, which still stands as the highest-graded season by a Power 5 tackle since 2014. At 6-foot-6, 325-pounds, it’s quite amazing watching Sewell move in space — the overall athleticism is off the charts. He earned a 95.7 grade as a run-blocker in 2019 and was also nearly perfect in pass protection, allowing just seven pressures on 491 snaps."
Sewell is viewed by some inside the league as a generational prospect, and given the high value organizations place on left tackles, it is unlikely that he will be on the board when the NY Giants are on the clock.
However, if quarterbacks are pushed up the board, causing Sewell to slide, it would make sense that he would fall no further than the Giants.
Drafting Sewell would allow the NY Giants to move Andrew Thomas to left tackle, following an inconsistent rookie campaign in 2020, and essentially give the organization two of the best available offensive tackles from consecutive deep tackle classes.
After addressing the offensive line in Round 1, adding a playmaker would remain a top priority …
And that is exactly what the NY Giants do, rounding back and selecting wide receiver Dyami Brown out of North Carolina, with the No. 42 overall pick.
"Brown was a sole vertical threat at UNC over the past two seasons. He racked up 1,087 yards on vertical targets in that span, edging out Alabama’s DeVonta Smith for the most in the FBS (was over 400 yards more than the third-best in the Power Five). While Brown’s route tree was incredibly limited with the Tar Heels, he easily showed he will have no issue with taking on a more diverse set in the NFL."
The NY Giants certainly lack a consistent weapon to take the top off a defense, after Darius Slayton was held to just 50 receptions for 751 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Brown, meanwhile, averaged over 20 yards per reception last season and was one of the Tarheels’ most dangerous playmakers.
If the Giants’ goal is to plug glaring needs on offense around Jones, these two selections would certainly accomplish that.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.