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Mailbag: Depth at WR, OL in 2021 draft


Kevin in New York: Why does everyone keep repeating last year's thought that the Giants can get a wide receiver in the later rounds? This receiver class does not compare to last year's class. If you just want " a receiver," you can get one in the later rounds, but if we're talking about a No. 1, this draft probably has four of them (with three going in the first round).

John Schmeelk: Most draft experts surveyed believe this year's wide receiver class is just a good, if not better, than last year's. The top of the class is stronger, with potentially three going into the Top 10 – none went this high in 2020.

The class is also extremely deep. Well-known draft analyst Dane Brugler has 16 wide receivers in his top 100, including 11 in his first 64. There could be quality receivers toward the end of the third round or beginning of the fourth.

As for finding a true No. 1 receiver, it could very difficult to find a player of that level past the second round. But if the consensus top three receivers are off the board by No. 11, selecting a receiver there might not make a lot of sense.

The Giants could find a high-quality, and potentially No. 1 receiver with their second-round pick at 43rd overall. Last season, Tee Higgins was selected 33rd overall, Michael Pittman Jr. was 34th, Laviska Shenault wasn't selected until 42, and Chase Claypool went at 49. They had better numbers than first-round pick Henry Ruggs.

In the 2019 draft, Deebo Samuel was selected 36th, AJ Brown got taken 51st, Mecole Hardman at 56, and DK Metcalf was 64th. No one would argue that Brown and Metcalf are less than No. 1-caliber receivers and Deebo Samuel could be on that level if he can stay healthy.

John in Wisconsin: A good wide receiver or pass rusher are needs, but I think everything starts with the offensive line. The team can't score if its quarterback is on the run all the time. Who are the best offensive linemen in the 2021 draft?

John Schmeelk: Two lineman most often seen at the top of mock drafts opted out of the 2020 season: Oregon OT Penei Sewell and Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater. Some analysts believe Slater could play all five positions on the line. Other names popping up are Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw and USC OT Alijah Vera-Tucker, who might move to guard, in what is considered a relatively deep  tackle class.


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