Round 3 – 99th pick
We finally get to do a third-round. Since our last compilation, the New York Giants were awarded a compensatory draft pick at the end of the third-round for losing Landon Collins in free agency to Washington. While pick 99 isn’t as good as the 64th pick Big Blue sent to the Jets, there are still some quality players available.
After the second round, it gets harder and harder to predict who goes where. Some positions are very deep in this draft such as edge rusher. There is a top tier where Chase Young sits by himself. Then there is a second-tier with K’Lavon Chaisson, A.J. Epenesa, and probably Yetur Gross-Matos. Then we get to tier three (maybe three-and-a-half), where we are now.
Six of 10 mocks drafts we used that go into the third-round have the G-Men taking an edge rusher. That’s interesting since Big Blue used the 95th pick last year on Oshane Ximines, who had 4.5 sacks as a rookie.
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Curtis Weaver and Zach Baun should be off the board by now as they are expected to be late second/ early third-round selections. That leaves both Julian Okwara and Khalid Kareem (2) of Notre Dame; Anfernee Jennings, Alabama; Jabari Zuniga, Florida; and Alton Robinson, Syracuse available to the Giants.
A center works very well in this spot and one mock draft had the Giants selecting Tyler Biadasz from the Wisconsin Badgers. If he is still available at No. 99, GMDG should take him, although trading up to the top half of the round for someone like him, Ruiz or Lloyd Cushenberry III is also an option. The three of them seem interchangeable depending on the evaluator.
We’ll be back at least once more with a mock compilation before the draft in late April.