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Make the Case: DeVonta Smith vs. Micah Parsons


"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 between the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and arguably the top overall defender in the 2021 draft.

Alabama WR DeVonta Smith vs. Penn State LB Micah Parsons

DeVonta Smith

Height/Weight: 6-foot-0 / 170 pounds

2020 stats: 13 games, 117 receptions for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns

Micah Parsons

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3 / 245 pounds

2019 stats: 13 games, 109 tackles (52 solo), five sacks, 14.0 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, five passes defensed (opted out of 2020 season)

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: DeVonta Smith - "Even after the Giants' signing of Kenny Golladay, I still get the sense Big Blue wants more weapons. Smith is the best route runner in the draft."

Cynthia Frelund, DeVonta Smith - "Smith is my WR1 because his consistent route running and ability to earn separation give him the highest projected floor and ceiling in this class. The Heisman Trophy winner had the highest percentage of receptions in which he had more than 3 feet of separation at the time of the catch despite a defender being within 3 feet of him on the path of the route. This vision carries over into yards after the catch; his ability to increase his speed once he had the ball in his hands was the third-best in FBS this season."

Sam Monson, Pro Football Focus: Micah Parsons - "The Giants don't draft linebackers up high very often, but in those rare instances, they look like Micah Parsons. The last linebacker New York selected in Round 1 was Carl Banks in 1984, but Parsons has a chance to be a legitimate tone-setter in a modern-day defense — not just a throwback to an obsolete 1980s brand of football."

Chad Reuter, DeVonta Smith - "Typically, GM Dave Gettleman would look to improve the front seven with this pick. But Smith's value is too high to ignore, despite his lean frame. Gettleman's first-round pick from two years ago, quarterback Daniel Jones, will appreciate the explosive, tough and reliable Smith."

Brentley Weissman, The Draft Network: Micah Parsons - "The Giants have had an excellent offseason adding Kenny Golladay, Adoree' Jackson, and re-signing some of their key players. I always liked the idea of the Giants taking either Waddle or DeVonta Smith here, and to be honest, I am not totally against taking a receiver even after the Golladay addition. In the end, I believe the Giants will turn to their defense and add a playmaker who can help get the ball back to their offense. Parsons is a top-seven player in this year's draft and is one of the best linebackers prospects to come out in the last few years. He has outstanding size, speed, burst, and range and is equally productive against the run and the pass. He would be a tremendous fit for Patrick Graham's multiple front defense and has the physical and tough attitude that head coach Joe Judge appreciates."

Nate Davis, USA TODAY: DeVonta Smith - "QB Daniel Jones could certainly use better protection after getting sacked 45 times in 14 games last season, but giving him an electric wideout like Smith might also make teams think twice about blitzing."

Austin Gayle, Pro Football Focus: DeVonta Smith - "DeVonta Smith's reported weight (170 pounds) shouldn't keep the Giants from pulling the trigger on the Heisman Trophy winner if he falls into their laps at No. 11 overall."

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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