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Make the Case: 10 options for Giants in Round 2


"Make the Case" is once again in session 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.

Next up is a debate on what the Giants should do after their first-round pick with the 42nd overall selection.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: Ronnie Perkins - "Pass-rusher is the Giants' No. 1 need, and they have to take one here if they go another route with the No. 11 pick. Perkins is a fit as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. He's a physical edge rusher who had 16.5 sacks in three seasons at Oklahoma. He bullied offensive tackles at times."

Todd McShay, ESPN: Carlos "Boogie" Basham Jr. - "Maybe the Giants go offensive line here -- Texas' Samuel Cosmi or Wisconsin-Whitewater's Quinn Meinerz could fit -- but their biggest need is on the edge. Basham is powerful and disruptive."

Dane Brugler, The Athletic: Gregory Rousseau

Seth Galina, Pro Football Focus: Ronnie Perkins - "As the Sooner defense got better last year, so did Ronnie Perkins. He exploded onto the scene with a stellar 2020 campaign. Perkins earned a 73.1 grade after his first two seasons in Norman, posting a mere 11.9% pass-rush win rate. Then, he dominated his way into a 90.5 grade and a 24.7% win rate last season. You love to see that type of improvement, and he's clearly a very good, speedy pass rusher. But you are banking on a lot of development for him to see the field consistently on first and second down. He can get to the quarterback, and someone is going to fall in love with his athletic ability. Why not Dave Gettleman?"

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Ronnie Perkins

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah updated his ranking of the top 50 prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft for the final time before the start of the draft.

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Dan Duggan, The Athletic: Landon Dickerson - "The 6-foot-6, 326-pound Dickerson has major injury questions. He suffered season-ending injuries in each of his three years at Florida State. He transferred to Alabama and started 24 straight games before tearing his ACL in last season's SEC championship game. But when Dickerson was on the field, he was dominant. The unanimous first-team All-American won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center last season. Dickerson played guard early in his college career and could step into a starting spot on the Giants' line as a rookie."

Art Stapleton, The Record and Gregory Rousseau - "Rousseau's name has been linked to the Giants in mock drafts since the NFL season ended. Joe Judge was at the Miami Pro Day and got a good look at Rousseau, among others. The Giants will likely have their eye on a prospect to help what is perceived as an unaddressed weakness, but there are question marks on most. That'll almost certainly lead to a few going later in the draft than anticipated. Opting out of last season following a productive 2019 cost Rousseau valuable tape; whether that hurts him remains to be seen."

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