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Mailbag: NFL Draft Day 2 possibilities


Ricky in Texas: What will the Giants target in the second and third round of the NFL Draft?

John Schmeelk: This is impossible to say without knowing what happens in the first round because it would be unlikely the Giants replicate positions at Nos. 5 and 7 with their second-round selection at No. 36.

The Giants own Nos. 67th and 81st overall in the third round. The draft is very deep at edge rusher and the Giants should be able to find a good player at that position on Day 2. There would be quality edge players still on the board, too. Cornerback is a position that might be better suited to attack in the first round, but there could be good players available at the top of the second. Interior offensive linemen who can immediately start will always be found on Day 2. With Saquon Barkley entering the final year of his contract, a running back could be an option at the end of Day 2. A tight end could also be a target somewhere in the third round, if the Giants think a potential future starter could be available in a deep class at the position. Keep an eye on linebacker, too, as the Giants do not have a ton of depth at that spot.

Don in New York: Out of the nine draft picks (assuming the Giants use all of them), what do you think about using four or five on the offensive line? I think 90% of our picks should be on the offensive and defensive lines since I love some of this year's edge rushers and tackles.

John Schmeelk: You can say with much confidence that the Giants will not use eight (or even seven) picks on defensive and offensive linemen. There would not be enough room to use all those players, given the current roster, even though it's a very strong draft on both sides of the front.

Manny in California: With the lack of top QB talent in the NFL Draft, what seemed like an enviable draft position for the Giants is shaping up as a liability. Given the Giants' biggest needs, they would be better of with the Eagles' picks at Nos. 15, 16 and 19 than the ones at 5 and 7, assuming OL Ikem Ekwonu and Evan Neal and DE Aiden Hutchinson are off the board.

John Schmeelk: The general consensus is that this is not the best draft to have multiple Top 10 picks since there aren't nearly as many true blue-chip prospects as usual. But this doesn't mean there aren't going to be good football players on the board for the Giants to select at Nos. 5 and 7. Might they not be the players at the positions you consider ideal? Maybe. It doesn't mean they won't be good football players who will help the team win.


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