2021 NFL draft: Giants’ final mock round-up

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The 2021 NFL draft is now just one day away and the endless sea of mock drafts is beginning to calm. Most analysts and experts have already released their final mocks with only a few remaining stragglers.

With little more than 24 hours remaining until the Jacksonville Jaguars are officially put onto the clock, here’s a look at several final mock drafts for the New York Giants (that have not already been covered on Giants Wire).

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No. 11: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Giants’ offense hasn’t been the same since they traded OBJ. Waddle gives the G-Men an explosive weapon to round out the team's revamped receiving corps.

Link: Bucky Brooks 2021 NFL mock draft 3.0

Chris Simms, NBC Sports

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No. 15 (from New England): Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

"I think it's going to be someone on the edge of this defense. Some hybrid edge guy who is a beat," Simms said. "I'm a big [Jayson] Oweh fan. "He's a freakish athlete who can do everything. I just think that's the New England/New York Giants, Joe Judge, Patrick Graham type of guy. . . There's more of a belief with length on the edge for the Giants."

Link: Chris Simms' 2021 Mock Draft

Pro Football Focus

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No. 11: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

This is the year for the Giants to finally remove all possible excuses for quarterback Daniel Jones. With the top receivers off the board, and in light of Dave Gettleman prioritizing pass-catching weapons in free agency, it's time to help the third-year quarterback by selecting the super athletic offensive line prospect from Northwestern. Slater played at both left tackle and right tackle in college. He excels in true pass sets and has shown steady growth throughout his career. Prospects don't come any better, as he can step in wherever he is needed most.

Link: 2021 NFL Mock Draft: PFF senior analysts mock all 7 rounds

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No. 11: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The 31st-ranked offense last year is getting back Saquon Barkley (who only played two games after tearing his ACL) and adding Kenny Golladay and now Waddle. Certainly they will not lack for weapons to assist quarterback Daniel Jones. Waddle can do it all -- play inside, outside and return kicks. The Giants can use him all over the field and wait for the big plays to happen. "Explosive" is the word that multiple scouts and executives used to describe him. His speed has been compared to Tyreek Hill. Waddle averaged 44.5 yards per catch on his 17 career touchdown grabs at Alabama, per ESPN Stats and Information. His 24.4 yards per punt return in 2019 was the third-highest since the FBS and FCS split in 1978.

Link: 2021 NFL mock draft: NFL Nation reporters make first-round predictions

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No. 11: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

We know Dave Gettleman desires an edge rusher, though I'm not convinced there's one befitting the 11th overall pick that fits his criteria. Joe Judge pulls on his Alabama connections and the Giants get great value at this spot as they continue to give Daniel Jones weapons.

Link: 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Bears trade up to capitalize on Justin Fields' fall, Patriots move up for quarterback

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No. 11: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

This would go against the grain when it comes to what Dave Gettleman would do, but they need to get a playmaker outside. With the top three tackles off the board, they decide to go with Smith.

Link: What teams 'should' do 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Jets take a QB at No. 2, but it's not Zach Wilson

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No. 11: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

This pick is really about who wasn’t there. Alabama wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, fellow Crimson Tide cornerback Patrick Surtain II, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts (obviously) and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell were all taken. The Giants could go edge rusher here, but that lacks value at No. 11. Without a trade down, Slater makes the most sense for a “hog molly”-needy team. He can come in on day one and start at right tackle, adding to the overall depth at the position (Nate Solder, Matt Peart). If the Giants prefer to play him at guard, they could also move him inside, replacing Kevin Zeitler, who was waived in a cap-saving move.

Link: 2021 NFL Wire mock draft: See the staff's picks in the first round

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No. 27 (via Baltimore): Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

Yes, you and I both know New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the NFL Draft. People can change, though, and he chooses not to reach for an edge rusher at No. 11. Jayson Oweh had a phenomenal pro day, proving he’s one of the most athletic at his position we’ve ever seen come out of college football.

Link: First Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft via PFN’s Mock Draft Simulator v 12.0

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No. 15 (via New England): Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

I know I joked recently about Giants GM Dave Gettleman never trading down, but hey, there's a first time for everything! The team has added some nice pieces up front and at cornerback in recent offseasons, but Parsons gives them the difference-maker they need at the second level of the defense.

Link: Daniel Jeremiah 2021 NFL mock draft 4.0: Broncos, Patriots trade up for QBs

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