ESPN's Todd McShay updates Giants picks in latest mock draft
The start of free agency is just around the corner.
Following next week's moves around the league, many draft analysts will undoubtedly release updated predictions for the first round of this year's NFL Draft.
But before the legal tampering period opens, one of the top draft experts released his post-combine mock draft. In his last projection of the first round released just under a month ago, ESPN's Todd McShay predicted the Giants address both sides of the ball with their selections of Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux and Mississippi State OT Charles Cross.
While he still has the Giants selecting one offensive and one defensive player with their two top picks, McShay has two new names going to Big Blue in his most recent mock draft released this week.
Here are McShay's latest predictions for the Giants, who hold the fifth and seventh overall picks in this year's draft.
Pick for No. 5: Travon Walker, DE, Georgia
Analysis: "The Giants generated just 34 sacks (tied for 22nd) last season, and while Walker didn't pile on the QB hits at Georgia (six sacks and 29 pressures last season), he was asked to do a lot of different things in a Bulldogs' front seven that presents three other likely first-rounders. The 272-pound Walker had a terrific workout in Indy, running a 4.51-second 40 and 6.89-second three-cone drill. Few players I've ever evaluated can generate the power he does from the ground up, and that was on display with a 35½-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Teamed up with Leonard Williams and Azeez Ojulari, Walker will only continue to develop while giving the Giants a dynamic edge rusher to spark the defense."
Walker started all 15 games for Georgia this past season, totaling 37 tackles, six sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and a team-high 36 QB hurries on his way to becoming a CFP National Champion. He earned a 71.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, including a 73.7 run defense grade. At 6-foot-5, 275-pounds, Walker has been compared to Chris Wormley by Lance Zierlein and Rashan Gary by PFF. He racked up a career-high seven pressures during the National Championship game vs. Alabama.
Pick for No. 7: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Analysis: "With the top three linemen in the class off the board already, new GM Joe Schoen and new coach Brian Daboll can get quarterback Daniel Jones help in another fashion. Wilson has elite body control, 4.38 speed and a big catch radius. New York can walk away happy on Day 1 with exciting new players on defense (Travon Walker) and offense (Wilson)."
Wilson caught an impressive 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 games last season and was named Second-Team All-Big Ten. This came after catching 43 passes for 723 yards and six touchdowns in eight games in 2020, good enough for him to be named First-Team All-Big Ten. He finished with an overall PFF grade of 84.1 in 2021, including an 84.5 receiving grade and 83.8 grade against man coverage. PFF described Wilson as having "shades of Diontae Johnson."
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General manager Joe Schoen has been open about the Giants' need to get in better shape regarding the cap, a process that included the release of veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Devontae Booker.
"We've got to have contingency plans and kind of the 'if/then' scenarios," Schoen said last week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "We went through a lot of those. If we don't get to where we have money that we can do something in free agency, then it's going to be hard. Again, back to my introductory press conference, we want to be competitive today and also build for tomorrow. I think if we're able to do this the right way, I think there's a real possibility that we're going to be able to do that."
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