Could we see a swap between picks in the first round? If the Jets are smart and neither Nick Bosa nor Josh Allen are available, they should trade down to the Giants spot. Regardless, here’s a full seven round mock draft for the New York Jets and New York Giants this year.
New York Jets
First round-No. 3 overall: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
First priority is getting a pass-rusher, and if Allen and Bosa are gone, you trade down, no questions asked.
Third round-No. 68 overall: Bobby Evans, OL, Oklahoma
Another major priority is offensive line. Evans was a honorable All-Big 12 mention his sophomore year at right tackle and second-team All-Big 12 his last year at left tackle, but he’s more suitable at right tackle.
No. 93 overall (via Saints): Sean Bunting, DB, Central Michigan
Cornerback is another dire need on defense, and Bunting can compete right away for a starting position. He’s got great size and was a beast at Central Michigan having 49 tackles, five interceptions, five passes defended, and two forced fumbles his sophomore year, then in his final year he had 37 tackles (three for loss), two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
Fourth round-No. 105 overall: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Even though Le’Veon Bell was a great signing, the Jets need a backup running back. Love’s torn ACL will likely decrease his draft stock to the mid-rounds, but if he can recover fully healthy and return back to his old self, he’s arguably the best running back in this class.
Sixth round-No. 196 overall (via Bears through Raiders): Jordan Brailford, Edge, Oklahoma State
Whether a pass rusher is taken in the first round or not, it’s still not enough. The Jets need a lot more pass rushers and Brailford would be a good pick at this spot. He arguably had the best performance out of the entire defense in the East-West Shrine Game.
Seventh round-No. 217 overall: Reggie White Jr., WR, Monmouth
There’s a very good chance White Jr. can be picked as early as the fifth round, even though Monmouth doesn’t produce many NFL talents. He has great, size, speed, explosiveness, and could be become the best receiver ever to come out of Monmouth over former alumni such as Miles Austin and Chris Hogan.
New York Giants
First round-No. 6 overall: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St.
It’s time for the Giants to stop playing around with the quarterback position and draft their QB of the future.
No. 17 overall (via Browns): Andre Dillard, OL, Washington St.
If there’s going to be a quarterback taken with the first pick, then you better help protect him. Start Dillard immediately and put Nate Solder on the bench.
2nd round-No. 37 overall: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
He may not be the number one safety in this class but he’s definitely one of the most talked about. Adderley and Jabrill Peppers would be a great safety duo.
3rd round-No. 95 overall (via Browns): Dru Samia, OL, Oklahoma
Will Hernandez holds the left guard spot, so Samia, the former first-team All-Big 12 right guard for Oklahoma, can play on the right side.
4th round-No. 108 overall: Oli Udoh, OL, Elon
Left tackle and right guard have all been taken care of, therefore why not draft a right tackle who’s draft stock has been rising this off-season? Solidifying this offensive line is going to help whichever QB the Giants draft, especially Haskins because he’s not great at escaping the pocket.
No. 133 overall (via Saints): Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Evan Engram is a great receiving tight end, but he isn’t someone you can rely on when it comes to blocking. Moreau is a block-first tight end who also happens to be very athletic and can become a major threat in the passing game as he develops his route running. If the Giants were to draft him, there could be a heavy amount of double tight end sets in the run and passing game.
5th round-No. 142 overall (via 49ers): Armon Watts, DL, Arkansas
It may be the fifth round, however you can get starter quality having Watts at defensive tackle playing next to Dalvin Tomlinson.
No. 143 overall: Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU
Setting a NFL Combine record in the broad jump for a defensive lineman at 11’2, Banogu is an explosive pass rusher that the Giants need to help replace the loss of Olivier Vernon.
No. 171 (free-agent compensatory pick): Xavier Crawford, CB, Central Michigan
Central Michigan had two of the best corners in the All-Mid-American Conference in Crawford and Sean Bunting. Crawford is the lesser corner behind Bunting, but at this point of the draft, it’s not too early to pick him.
6th round-No. 180 overall: DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Ole Miss
The forgotten member of NWO (Nasty Wide Outs) that includes D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown, Lodge hurt his draft stock with his poor combine performance. However, he plays faster than his 40 time and has good size for a receiver.
7th round-No. 232 (via Vikings): Malik Carney, Edge, North Carolina
Carney plays a lot more bigger than his frame which many people will say is undersized. The Giants need as many pass rushers as they can get.
No. 245 (via Rams): Blessuan Austin, CB, Rutgers
Before suffering two significant knee injuries in his last two seasons, the New York native was a rising prospect who can do everything you want on the field standing at 6’1. He just can’t stay healthy, but in the seventh round, might as well take a chance.