Pro comps for draft's top wide receivers
Whether the Giants decide to pull the trigger on a wide receiver remains to be seen. However, the list of WR prospects in this year's draft is a rather impressive one.
NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt continued his pro comparison series by taking a look at some of the top wide receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Here are Brandt's pro comps for each of his top six WR prospects:
Ja'Marr Chase, LSU
2019 stats: 14 games, 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns (opted out of 2020 season)
Accolades: Biletnikoff Award (2019), Unanimous All-American (2019), First-Team All-SEC (2019), CFP National Champion (2019)
NFL Comp: Anquan Boldin
Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
2020 stats: 6 games, 28 receptions for 591 yards and 3 touchdowns
Accolades: SEC Freshman of the Year (2018), First-Team All-SEC (2019), SEC Special Teams Player of the Year (2019), Second-Team All-SEC (2020), CFP National Champion (2020)
NFL Comp: Tyreek Hill
DeVonta Smith, Alabama
2020 stats: 13 games, 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns
Accolades: 2x First-Team All-SEC (2019, 2020), Heisman Trophy (2020), SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2020), Unanimous All-American (2020), Maxwell Award (2020), Walter Camp Award (2020), Biletnikoff Award (2020), Paul Hornung Award (2020), AP College Football Player of the Year (2020), 2x CFP National Champion (2017, 2020), CFP National Championship Offensive MVP (2020)
NFL Comp: Justin Jefferson
Elijah Moore, Mississippi
2020 Stats: 8 games, 86 receptions, 1,193 yards for 8 touchdowns
Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (2020), Consensus All-American (2020)
NFL Comp: Tyler Lockett
Kadarius Toney, Florida
2020 Stats: 11 games, 70 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns, 19 rush attempts for 161 yards (8.5 avg.) and one touchdown
Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (2020)
NFL Comp: Percy Harvin
Rondale Moore, Purdue
2020 Stats: 3 games, 35 receptions for 270 yards, six rush attempts for 32 yards (5.3 avg.) and one touchdown
Accolades: First-Team All-Big Ten (2018), Consensus All-American (2018), Paul Hornung Award (2018), Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year (2018), Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year (2018)
NFL Comp: Curtis Samuel
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.
What might Giants do beyond first round?
The 2021 NFL Draft is inching closer and closer, as we are now only two weeks out from the start of this year's festivities.
Pro days have basically wrapped up around the country. For the past month, these on-campus workouts took the place of the Scouting Combine as NFL hopefuls showcased their skills in front of coaches, scouts, and general managers.
Since the start of the offseason, Giants.com has been tracking the mock draft predictions from media outlets across the country.
Today we are doing the same thing, but this time we are only focusing on mock drafts that go beyond just the first round.
Here are the latest multi-round mock drafts from NFL analysts:
1st Round Pick (No. 11) : Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Analysis: "Waddle would give them the draft's best deep threat, a speedy playmaker who will also make an impact in the return game. I thought about edge rusher here as well."
2nd Round Pick (No. 42): Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
Analysis: "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."
1st Round Pick: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Analysis: "I wouldn't be surprised to see the Giants look at USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, but they just took three linemen in the first five rounds last year, including Andrew Thomas at No. 4 overall. And while the defense was stellar last season, getting defensive coordinator Patrick Graham a versatile, rangy, fast, instinctive linebacker like Owusu-Koramoah will help keep it that way."
2nd Round Pick: Carlos "Boogie" Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
Analysis: "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."
1st Round Pick: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Analysis: "Ojulari's a good athlete and plays bigger than his 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame portends against the run. He could remind Giants coaches of Markus Golden, who had 10 sacks for the G-Men in 2019."
2nd Round Pick: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
3rd Round Pick: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee
4th Round Pick: Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
View photos of every player projected to the Giants in mock drafts just days ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jersey numbers revealed for new Giants
It has been a busy offseason for the Giants with free agency.
The team has welcomed numerous new members to the team since the start of the 2021 league year last month...and now have their uniform numbers.
Here is the full list of the Giants' new numbers:
- QB Mike Glennon: 3
- WR John Ross: 12
- WR Kenny Golladay: 19
- DB Adoree' Jackson: 22
- RB Devontae Booker: 28
- DB Chris Milton: 31
- FB Cullen Gillaspia: 36
- RB Jordan Chunn: 38
- DB Joshua Kalu: 39
- LB Cale Garrett: 41
- LB Ryan Anderson: 46
- TE Cole Hikutini: 48
- LB Reggie Ragland: 55
- OL Jonotthan Harrison: 64
- OL Zach Fulton: 73
- DT Danny Shelton: 75
- TE Kyle Rudolph: 80
- DE Breeland Speaks: 91
- DE Ifeadi Odenigbo: 94
- DT David Moa: 96
*Jersey numbers are always subject to change.
View jersey numbers for the newest members of the Giants. Note: jersey numbers are always subject to change.