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Mailbag: Post-draft roster questions 


Chris in New York: Which of the Giants' picks from the 2021 NFL Draft do you like the best and what do you think is their biggest question mark?

John Schmeelk: It's hard to argue with the value in landing Azeez Ojulari at 50th overall. He was a player who many analysts felt could have been an option at No. 20 after the Giants traded down. He showed he had the bend and hand usage to win consistently off the edge in the most competitive conference in college football. There was more than one draft analyst who had him rated as their top pass rusher and he was Shaun O'Hara's favorite edge rusher in the class. And the Giants got a 2022 third-round selection to move down. By the way, all the players the Giants selected met the perceived value in the rounds they were selected.

The first-round trade should also be mentioned, too. To obtain another first-round pick in the 2022 draft could have huge reverberations on the franchise for years to come, depending on where it lands and the Giants' needs at that time.

Evan in New York: Do you think that the Giants should sign one of the big offensive linemen still available in free agency?

John Schmeelk: The Giants have already been very active in free agency, and were creative in manufacturing the necessary cap space to bring in high profile players such as Adoree' Jackson, Kenny Golladay, Kyle Rudolph and re-signing Leonard Williams. Expecting another high-profile signing for big money is probably unrealistic.

Dave Gettleman has been very clear that he trusts the young linemen on this roster, especially the three players he drafted last year: Andrew Thomas, Matt Peart, and Shane Lemieux. He wants to give those players a chance to earn starting jobs and play snaps so they can continue to improve from their rookie seasons - likewise for Nick Gates and Will Hernandez, who are heading into their fourth NFL seasons.

The Giants also brought in two lower-profile NFL veterans with starting experience to provide a safety net, specifically on the interior. Former Texan Zach Fulton has 90 career starts and one-time Colts and Jets lineman Jonotthan Harrison 42.

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