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Mailbag: Biggest draft questions three days out

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Al In New York: Since the Giants will take the best available player in the first round, they might try to improve at right guard in the second or third round. Who would be a good fit there?

John Schmeelk: In Round 2, the one pure guard/center prospect to keep an eye on is Landon Dickerson if his injuries knock him down the board. Otherwise, tackles who can slide into guard could be options - Alex Leatherwood (unlikely to be there), Sam Cosmi, Liam Eichenberg, Dillon Radunz, Jalen Mayfield, and Brady Christensen could be possible. Pure guard prospects in the third round to watch are Wyatt Davis, Aaron Banks, Deonte Brown and Trey Smith.

James in New Jersey: Don't you think the Giants should solidify the O-line? Rashawn Slater seems like a complete player who can play guard or tackle and would be great next to right tackle Matt Peart.

John Schmeelk: It seems it is more likely than not Slater is off the board when the Giants pick at 11th overall. Other guard prospects are mentioned in the previous answer.

Jack in Florida: Since the Giants are just one Kenny Golladay injury away from having the same receivers as last season, shouldn't the team draft one of the top receivers?

John Schmeelk: You can draft depth at nearly any position on the roster. In a league focused more and more on passing, adding another pass catcher is never a bad idea. It is a deep wide receiver class and one likely can be found on Day 3.

Vic in Connecticut: Is it possible the addition of Jaylen Waddle, along with John Ross and Dante Pettis already on the roster, means the Giants could adapt their system to reflect Kansas City's open attack rather than their usual conservative approach?

John Schmeelk: Never say never, but Jason Garrett's history does not indicate he is someone that wants to go four-wide and abandon the running game. You also have to take into consideration if the offensive line can handle pass blocking 40 times a game. If they can't, what impact does that have on the quarterback and trying to protect the football?

Fred in New York: Why should the Giants draft a wideout when there is so much need for someone to pressure the opposing quarterback?

John Schmeelk: The wide receiver might be graded much higher than the defensive player on the board. Sterling Shepard has had a myriad of injuries throughout his career and Kenny Golladay only played 11 games last year due to injury. Injuries happen, and improving depth at wide receiver in a league that's focused on passing is critical. And the receivers who may be available at 11th overall would have special talent.

Who do you think would be the linebacker or edge rusher do you think would be a perfect fit for the New York Giants at pick 11?  

The only off-ball linebacker most analysts seem to think would be in the mix with the 11th pick is Micah Parsons. There are arguments to be made for and against all the top edge rushers in this part of the draft: Azeez Ojulari, Kwitty Paye, Jaelan Phillips, and Jayson Oweh. In terms of pure fit based off of measureables, the best 3-4 stand-up rusher would probably be Ojulari, but that would not be a reason to pick him over a different player if the other player has a higher grade. Teams are usually in their base defense a quarter of the time.

John in New Jersey: Which prospect should the Giants should draft no matter what, if he slides to them at #11: Pitts, Sewell, Waddle, Smith, or someone else?

John Schmeelk: The answer has to be Kyle Pitts. The term "generational" gets thrown around way too loosely at draft time but his skillset is truly unique. Most think he is the best non-quarterback in the draft. He is a unicorn. He will not get to the Giants at No. 11 overall.

Michael in Ohio: Who is the best edge for the Giants? He looks to me like he's the next Lawrence Taylor?

John Schmeelk: Parsons has not played edge since high school. He may have the measurements of one, but he was an off-ball linebacker at Penn State. He can blitz well, but picking him as a pure edge would be a projection.

Bobby in New York: If Parsons is available at No. 11, he'll be the best athlete left, so shouldn't he be the Giants pick?

John Schmeelk: The best athlete is not always the best player. And is anyone in the class a better athlete than Jaylen Waddle, who has explosive ability that's second to none? Fellow Penn State defender Jayson Oweh has an argument to be made as the best athlete in the draft, too. Some would argue Kwitty Paye does, as well.

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