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Make the Case: Todd McShay vs. Dane Brugler


"Make the Case" has once again returned 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 selections from one of ESPN's top draft analysts Todd McShay and The Athletic's lead draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Pick for No. 5: Travon Walker, DE, Georgia

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 272

2021 stats: 15 games, 37 total tackles, six sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, 36 QB hurries, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups, 71.4 overall PFF grade, 73.7 run defense grade

"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."

Pick for No. 7: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 183

2021 stats: 11 games, 70 receptions for 1,058 yards (15.1 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns, 84.1 overall PFF grade, 84.5 receiving grade, 85.9 grade vs. man coverage

"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)."

Pick for No. 5: Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 190

2021 stats: 14 games, 482 coverage snaps, 18 receptions for 122 yards and zero touchdowns allowed, 22.6 passer rating when targeted, three interceptions, three sacks, four pass breakups, 87.1 overall PFF grade, 87.2 coverage grade, 77.8 run defense grade

"In Joe Schoen's first season as the assistant general manager in Buffalo, the Bills drafted cornerback Tre'Davious White in the first round. Now the general manager with the Giants, Schoen could follow a similar path with Gardner, who ran a 4.41 40-yard dash with his impressive size (6-3, 190 pounds, 33 1/2-arms)."

Pick for No. 7: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 307

2021 stats: 12 games, 919 total offensive snaps, 86.7 overall PFF grade, 719 pass block snaps, two sacks, zero hits and 14 QB hurries allowed, 84.9 pass block grade, 200 run block snaps, 87.2 run block grade

"With a pair of top-seven draft picks in his first year running the front office, Schoen will be looking to draft players that help establish the new culture. Cross lacks brute power, but his athletic movement patterns and outstanding hand exchange skills are why he is one of the best pass-blockers in the draft."


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