New York Giants find impact players in 7-round 2021 NFL mock draft

2021 NFL Draft prospect Kyle Pitts (Photo by Brad McClenny-USA TODAY NETWORK)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Kyle Pitts (Photo by Brad McClenny-USA TODAY NETWORK) /
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Kyle Pitts, New York Giants, 2021 NFL mock draft
The New York Giants select Florida tight end Kyle Pitts in the first round of this 2021 NFL mock draft (Photo by Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports) /

The New York Giants need to make some major moves this offseason if they hope to turn their fortunes around. They find many opportunities to improve their roster throughout this seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft.

The Giants struggled through the 2020 season, finishing the year with a 6-10 record. They were in the post-season race all season long, but that is only because they played in the putrid NFC East. This team was not anything close to being seriously competitive this season.

That being said, the Giants did feature a solid defensive squad, allowing only 22.3 points per game, the ninth-fewest in the entire NFL. However, the New York Giants struggled to put points on the board all season long, scoring only 17.5 points per contest, the second-fewest in the league. The injury to star running back Saquon Barkley certainly did not help but that kind of offensive production is embarrassing no matter who is on the field.

Simply put, this team has a lot of work to do to get back on track. It is unlikely that they can solve all of their issues in one offseason but they can take a significant step forward. Let’s take a look at how the Giants can improve their fortunes in this complete seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft.

Note: This 2021 NFL mock draft was completed using Pro Football Network’s Mock Draft Simulator.

New York Giants 2021 NFL mock draft: Round 1, 11th overall

Florida. 1. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Kyle Pitts. 840. TE

The Giants could go in many different directions with the 11th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Wide receiver could certainly make sense, but Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle were all off of the board at No. 11 in this mock draft. A number two cornerback to pair with James Bradberry would also make sense, but Caleb Farley and Patrick Surtain II had both already been taken.

In this case, the Giants go with a bit of a best player available approach. With Evan Engram on the roster, tight end is not a major need for this team, but he is a free agent after the 2021 season and Kyle Pitts is simply too talented to ignore when compared to other options on the board.

The Giants lack impact weapons in the passing game and Pitts certainly fits the bill. He is a big, fast, athletic and strong tight end prospect who is an absolute matchup nightmare on field. Pitts is too quick and explosive for most linebackers to defend and too big and powerful for most defensive backs.

He is listed as a tight end and can certainly take some snaps inline, but Pitts is essentially a wide receiver who is going to make his money as an impact pass catcher at the next level. No matter what position they play, the New York Giants need to add to their group of offensive playmakers this offseason and Pitts certainly fits the bill.