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Make the Case: Closing draft arguments for Giants

"Make the Case" is in session one last time for the year on

In this series, we look at projections provided by analysts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the draft.

Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN picked Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons: "The Giants should take an offensive tackle with one of their first two picks, but I wouldn't pass on Simmons, who has rare athleticism and versatility. Stick him at outside linebacker and let him chase down ball carriers, rush the passer and cover tight ends. Simmons never has to leave the field. New coach Joe Judge will love him."

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network picked Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs: "Lots of good options here, but protecting QB Daniel Jones is the priority."

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus projected Ohio State EDGE Chase Young: "This is a great scenario for the Giants, who get the best pass-rusher in the draft in Young and fill an immediate position of need. The Giants really need playmakers all over the defense, and Young's 96.1 overall grade last season is the best we've seen since we started grading in 2014. He had a ridiculous 56 pressures (18 sacks, seven quarterback hits, 31 hurries) on just 320 rushes last season."

Lance Zierlein of NFL Media projected Louisville OT Mekhi Becton: Massive and athletic are descriptors we don't often see used in the same sentence, but the Louisville left tackle is that guy. The Giants could go with Isaiah Simmons or Jedrick Wills in this spot, as well."

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports picked Alabama OT Jedrick Wills Jr.: "Wills was dominant last season for Alabama and he'll solidify the right side of the Giants' O-line, which is great news for Daniel Jones."

Austin Gayle of Pro Football Focus liked Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy: "Jeudy is a better prospect than every offensive tackle in this class. Rookies, especially rookie offensive linemen, don't fill pressing needs. Over the past five NFL seasons, only nine rookie offensive tackles have played 400-plus snaps and earned overall grades above 70.0. None have earned an overall grade above 82.0. Don't address pressing needs in the draft; just draft the best players available."

Will Brinson of CBS Sports liked Georgia OT Andrew Thomas: "Dave Gettleman needs a plug-and-play guy who can help him win games and protect Daniel Jones right now."

Eric Eager and George Chahrouri of Pro Football Focus picked Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III: "You will get no argument that Chase Young is a better football player than Henry Ruggs. We aren't trying to draft the ROY, though — we are trying to add the most valuable players to each team. Ruggs plays a much more valuable position than Young and projects as the best wide receiver based on our college-to-pro projection system."


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