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3 OL the Giants Are Most Likely to Draft Early in 2021

David Kaestle
The Giants could use one of their first two picks on offensive line at the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Giants could use one of their first two picks on offensive line at the 2021 NFL Draft. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

As the 2021 NFL Draft nears on April 29, the New York Giants are debating what to do with their early-round picks. With needs on the offensive line, at edge rusher and rumors of them targeting a wide receiver or cornerback in the first round, the Giants could go in multiple directions on day one.

While they selected a left tackle at No. 4 overall last year in Andrew Thomas, they very well could use one of their first two picks on an offensive lineman again in 2021.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three offensive lineman the Giants could target early in the 2021 NFL Draft.

1. Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern (Pick No. 11)

Slater is a versatile player that played both tackle and guard in college. And while tackle is the more valuable position, some think Slater would be better served as a guard. With Thomas, Nate Solder and even Matt Peart on the tackle depth chart for the Giants, New York could take Slater to fill the void at guard created by Kevin Zeitler's release or the lackluster performance of Will Hernandez. Behind Penei Sewell, Slater is almost unanimously considered the second-best offensive line prospect in the draft. If he's still available at No. 11 and the Giants decide to go offensive line, it would be hard to imagine it not being Slater.

2. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (Pick No. 11)

While Slater is considered the second-best offensive lineman in the draft, Christian Darrisaw isn't far behind. Darrisaw was a beast in his last season at Virginia Tech. He didn't surrender a single sack all season, and received an impressive 95.6 grade from PFF in 2020. While he doesn't provide the positional versatility of Slater, Darrisaw could be a day-one starter at tackle. With Thomas struggling in his rookie year and Nate Solder looking like a probable cap casualty after this season, drafting a top tackle could still be in the Giants' plans. You can never have enough talented offensive linemen.

3. Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama (Pick No. 42)

It's very possible the Giants could choose to address another need in the first round and instead wait until the second round to go after an offensive lineman, especially given the capital they have spent at the tackle spots the last few years. If they do that, Alabama's Landon Dickerson could be a great fit. The Crimson Tide's massive 6-foot-6, 325-pound center would fit a need for the Giants. Nick Gates and his putrid 59.7 PFF rating is currently slated to be the starting center. Dickerson has struggled with injuries at times in college, but he's been dominant when on the field. If the Giants are able to keep him healthy, he could be a day-one starter and a steal in the second round.

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