We have not even come to training camp here in 2021, but the NFL mock draft from 2022 – these ‘too early’ prediction posts fill the football landscape online.
Fans of the New York Giants do not like this latest from Yardbarkers Seth Trachtman, who have Big Blue not only picking in the Top 10, but abandoning their plans for quarterback Daniel Jones.
First up, a defender …
8. New York Giants: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
Harris has been very productive in two seasons for Crimson Tide, a total of 140 tackles. An excellent athlete, he looks like a strong prospect in the first round. Blake Martinez has been a strong player for the Giants, but has only been signed through 2022.
And then the quarterback with the next choice.
9. New York Giants (from Chicago): Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
Strong was one of the most accurate passers-by in the country last season, finishing over 70% of his passes in his sophomore season. A strong pocket passer, he could see his pull layer skyrocket this year. Daniel Jones may enter a make-or-break year for New York after being 8-18 as a starter in his first two seasons.
More topics here. If the Giants have the eighth pick, that means they did not go better than 6-11, which would indicate that something went radically wrong this season. The turnaround on Jones would be a disaster and would also put Joe Judge’s job on the field. If the Giants do not finish at least 8-9 or better yet 9-8, the ownership will not look friendly at this front office and coaching staff. Many believe that based on how many close losses they had last year and the upgrades along the entire list, the Giants will be one of the league’s surprise teams in 2021.
I can see the Bears taking a mulligan here in 2021 as rookie quarterback Justin Fields gets his baptism of fire and that choice could be a top 10 choice, but for the Giants choosing again in the top 10, I agree with many experts. They choose in the high teens.
As for the players they picked in this mock, who knows them since they still have a year of college ball still playing. The Giants have a lot of untested linebackers on their roster, they will provide opportunities, and again, taking another QB in the top 10 indicates they will hit the reset button in 2022.