Giants NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Why Tristan Wirfs overtook Isaiah Simmons

Giants NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Why Tristan Wirfs overtook Isaiah Simmons

What has changed in a week as far as projecting the entire seven-round NFL Draft for the Giants? Well, nothing really, but each passing day offers more intrigue, speculation and conjecture. And so, here we go.

In our first mock draft, we concentrated on defense early, fortifying a unit in need of repair. This time around, we please those who cry out on a regular basis, “What about the offensive line?’’ Your pleas are not falling on deaf ears.

Each week leading up to the April 23 start of the draft, The Post, with help from Fanspeak’s mock draft simulator, will take a stab at the 10 players the Giants will select, based on dutiful reporting, careful film study, careless speculation and rampant guesswork.

Here is Giants mock draft No. 2 (changes from the previous mock draft noted):

Round 1 (pick 4 overall) — OL Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

(Previous pick: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson)

In this simulation, Simmons and CB Jeff Okudah are both on the board, as are all three of the top offensive line prospects. The Giants pass up the multi-positional and uber-versatile Simmons in order to help ensure the health and well-being of Daniel Jones for years to come. Wirfs is a freak athlete capable of moving in on Day 1 at right tackle, a safe and logical addition for a team seemingly searching for capable linemen for nearly a decade. This is a pick where value is stretched just a bit to meet need.

Giants NFL Mock Draft Tristan Wirfs Isaiah Simmons
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Round 2 (pick 36 overall) — S Xavier McKinney, Alabama

(Previous pick: McKinney)

Wide receiver Tee Higgins from Clemson is still available and he gives the Giants some pause, before they come to their senses and provide for their defense by adding the best safety in the entire draft, a versatile player who can line up deep, in the slot or in the box. His skill-set is more akin to a cornerback and that makes him especially attractive. Pairing McKinney with Jabrill Peppers gives the Giants a young safety tandem.

Round 3 (pick 99 overall) — C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

(Previous pick: OT Saahdiq Charles, LSU)

General manager Dave Gettleman loves his hog mollies and Biadasz, fresh off the family farm in rural Wisconsin, certainly qualifies. Gettleman recognizes what Biadasz did for RB Jonathan Taylor in college and envisions him doing the same for Saquon Barkley, as Biadasz can compete as a rookie for a starting spot.

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