Giants 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Kyle Pitts could all be next gamebreaker

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Corey Hersch
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Devonta Smith catches pass with Alabama
Devonta Smith catches pass with Alabama

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.

Ben Linsey, Pro Football Focus

WR DeVonta Smith (Alabama)

The Giants likely went into the 2020 season feeling content with their offensive weapons and made no real moves to add to their receiving corps. It’s hard to imagine that being the case again in 2021, so Smith falling to 11th overall would be an ideal situation for New York. Smith's production has been off the charts over the last two years.

He led all Alabama wide receivers — a group that included three other first-round talents — in receiving yardage in 2019 and is coming off an even better, Heisman-winning campaign this past season. From his releases to his ball skills, there is a lot to like with Smith, and he would give a much-needed injection of talent to the Giants’ offense.

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)

Finding another weapon for Daniel Jones is essential, and Waddle has game-breaking explosiveness on all three levels of the field with an ability to back safeties off the line of scrimmage for Saquon Barkley.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)

Waddle gives Daniel Jones another electric weapon to pair with the incendiary Darius Slayton.

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)

We love Pitts and all he brings to an offense but we also understand that Giants fans might have some trepidation about taking a tight end in Round 1 after the Evan Engram experiment didn't exactly go as planned.