Giants 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Jaylen Waddle could be exciting offensive weapon

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Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle vs Auburn
Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle vs Auburn

After a 6-10 season in Joe Judge’s first year as head coach, the Giants are looking to make the leap to contender in 2021 after seeing their postseason dreams dashed on the final Sunday of the year.

Picking outside the Top 10 for the first time since 2017, here’s a look at what the experts think Big Blue could do with the 11th pick.

Glynn Morgan, NBC Sports

LB Micah Parsons (Penn State)

Giants' inside linebacker, Blake Martinez is a tackling machine having finished no lower than top three in combined total tackles the last four seasons. After watching the Buccaneers win a Super Bowl, by employing their versatile, multifaceted linebackers ( Lavonte David, Devin White) drafting Parsons might do the same for New York. Parsons is an elite athlete who can cover sideline to sideline, blitzes with timed precision and is a decisive tackler. Parsons is a future star in this league and would a steal for New York if he dropped out of the top ten to them in the 11th spot.

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)

With the Giants committed to Daniel Jones, the organization needs to continue and surround him with weapons. With his natural speed and burst, Waddle is dangerous before and after the catch, showing the separation skills to stress the defense in different ways (four receptions of 75-plus yards in his career).

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)

Pitts is a good place to start for Year 3 of the Daniel Jones experiment.

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

OL Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)

The Giants need pass rush help but bolstering the offensive line may take priority. Andrew Thomas got better as the year progressed, but Vera-Tucker proved in 2020 that he can play either guard or tackle and excelled while doing it.