3 Reasons NY Giants must win Kenny Golladay bidding war
Signing Kenny Golladay would provide flexibility in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The talk surrounding what the NY Giants will do with the #11 pick in the 2021 draft has been much debated.
It has been widely discussed that the Giants will take a receiver (or playmaker) in the first round. Several mock drafts from the draft community’s most respected experts have all given the Giants’ offense some new weapons to add to their arsenal.
If the NY Giants are serious about committing to improving their offense, signing Kenny Golladay would be a great start. Signing the Lions’ wideout would take away one of the team’s top needs on the entire roster.
With Golladay, the Giants can solidify their gaping hole at their WR1 spot and can focus on other positions in round one of the draft. The Giants still have big needs at locking down a true #1 alpha receiver, a cornerback across from James Bradberry, EDGE rushers, and they could still use another inside linebacker.
There are many needs aside from that with concerns at right tackle, both guard spots, and depth across the entire roster. The NY Giants can further improve and upgrade their team through the draft and focus on needs along with player and positional value.
Keeping their options open in the first round is the best path for New York. They can’t get comfortable and make it too obvious they want to select a wide receiver or tight end (a la Kyle Pitts) and risk getting jumped in the draft for a coveted player on their board.
With Golladay, the Giants can still attack the receiver position in round one with key targets such as Jaylen Waddle, Ja’Marr Chase, and DeVonta Smith. If they want to add a tight end or hybrid, unicorn-like weapon in Pitts, the Giants can possibly cause mismatches galore on opposing defenses.
Adding any such of these players would round out an intriguing and exciting receiving unit for the first time since Odell Beckham’s departure. It would instantly make one of the team’s biggest positional weaknesses into a strength in potentially one offseason.
If they sign Golladay, it then also becomes a very valid argument they don’t need a receiver in round one of the draft. With Golladay, one could argue drafting a receiver may be overkill at the position group. Slayton, Shepard, Pettis, Ross, Golladay, and possibly a rookie target would be a bit much for one receivers’ room. It’s a lot of mouths to feed for one offense.
The team has bigger needs elsewhere that can be better suited and filled in round one. Taking a dynamo weapon on defense for the front seven in Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons is an intriguing prospect for New York to further add speed and athleticism to their defense. If they elect to get Bradberry a rookie to be Robin to his Batman, the team could look at Patrick Surtain Jr. or Caleb Farley at #11 overall. At tackle, the team could select Rashawn Slater or Penei Sewell (if Sewell’s available).
By signing Golladay, the move opens up more roster flexibility and possibilities to take a number of different players in the first round. This is a pivotal draft for the Giants and signing Kenny Golladay would leave their 1st round decision much more open than expected.