Fighting Chance’s 2021 NFL Draft Recap: New York Giants
The 2021 NFL Draft dust is now starting to settle now that we've got each pick in stone after months (and I do mean MONTHS) of speculation, scrutiny, and an endless amount of social media chattering and shouting into the void. We're ready for a whole new wave of scrutiny with a layer of optimism or pessimism depending on each team's selection.
Today, we tackle the New York Giants, so let's see what they did in this year's NFL Draft!
Who the Giants selected:
R1: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
R2: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
R3: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
R4: EDGE Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa
R6: Gary Brightwell, RB, Arizona
R6: Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
The Fantasy Impact:
The G-Men wanted DeVonta Smith. They hand the Heisman winner in their laps until NFC East rival Philadelphia traded up with the hated Dallas Cowboys and snatched him.
Enjoy this classic reaction from a Giants fan to the Smith selection:
New York traded back and eventually landed Florida wideout Kadarius Toney at #20 overall. This is a pick that mystified many. Toney, if anything, is electric. Per PFF, he caused a missed tackle on 35% of his touches since 2018. That was tops among draft-eligible WR's.
The Bottom Line:
Toney's path to targets will be difficult. New WR1 Kenny Golladay headlines a group that includes Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, and some guy named Saquon Barkley.
I'm not touching him in redraft. This crowded Giants passing game finished 29th in passing yards in 2020. Adding Barkley back to the mix should bogart a ton of opportunities. But this kid is a big play waiting to happen. He'll be deep on dynasty benches awaiting an injury.
It's all on the table for Daniel Jones. This supporting cast is one of the best in the NFL. If he can't produce, someone else will next year.