Round 2, 36th overall pick
There isn’t as much information about the following round. The deeper a mock draft goes the more of a guessing game it becomes. Different writers may have great internal sources, but there are so many variables in play that it makes predictions very difficult.
Needless to say with all the could happen in the 32 selections between the New York Giants first and second-round picks, a consensus is nearly impossible. This time there was plenty of consensus, however, USC tackle Austin Jackson was on three mocks, while Clemson corner A.J. Terrell showed up on two. It brings up two very different courses of action.
Suppose the New York Giants wait to take an offensive tackle. They instead go with an impact player such as Simmons, Okudah, or even Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy in the first round. There is a top tier of tackles in this class, Becton, Wills, Wirfs, and Thomas but the second tier, Austin Jackson of USC, and Josh Jones of Houston (1 mock selection) may not be that far behind.
Jackson’s scouting report is very similar to Becton. He’s big, 6-6, 305-pounds, strong (27 reps of 225-pounds), athletic (5.07 40-yard dash) and a force in the run game. Like Becton, his issues are with pass blocking. In the Holiday Bowl, his weaknesses were exposed by Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa. Most scouts believed Jackson’s pass blocking skills can be coached up.
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"“There are a lot of natural strengths to Jackson. He has very quick feet and innate athleticism that allow him to get depth in his drop and neutralize speed rushers. He should be an asset to take on the fast edge rushers, because he can get off the corner and prevent them from running the loop around the edge. With his quick feet and an ability to bend at the knee, Jackson doesn’t have to reach after rushers.” – Charlie Campbell, Walter Football."
Cornerback A.J. Terrell appeared on two mocks this time around. He’s a tall (6-2), lanky player with the speed necessary to keep up with good receivers. Terrell can change direction on a dime and has good ball skills. At 190-pounds, he is lighter than desired. Additionally, arm tackling is an issue.
Others receiving second-round mock draft selections include Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Oregon; Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU; Yatur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn State; and Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah.
Check back with us later in March for our next New York Giants mock draft compilation. Pro days will be in full swing which will change many draft boards.