INDIANAPOLIS - Dave Gettleman has yet to trade down to accrue assets In his previous seven NFL drafts as a general manager spanning tenures in Carolina and the current one with the Giants.
While there is reason to believe that could change this April, it's just as much common sense to expect Gettleman to stay true to his philosophy and his board, which is what you would anticipate from a former scout.
The Giants have needs across the board as they enter this next chapter of a prolonged rebuild, this time ushering in the Joe Judge era continuing here this week at the Combine. That could come with tweaks as far as what the first-year head coach prefers on either side of the ball.
Evaluation of the current Giants' roster certainly plays a part in all this, and both Judge and Gettleman are scheduled to meet the media Tuesday morning when we could finally get an idea of what they believe they have on the team and where they need to go.
Here's our first Giants-only mock draft:
Round 1: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
The Giants have not drafted a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks, and if you think Simmons is solely an off-the-ball player, you haven't watched him play.
Simmons is a do-everything playmaker who can drop into coverage and run with a tight end on one play and drop single high the next. He's also very good as a blitzer. The Giants just have not put resources into their defenses consistently since 2016, and they need significant upgrades on that side of the ball.
Simmons would be the ultimate chess piece for Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham in the quest to be multiple week-in, week-out.
There will be consideration for an offensive tackle here - Jedrick Wills of Alabama, Tristan Wirfs of Iowa, Mekhi Becton of Louisville and Andrew Thomas of Georgia will sort out their pecking order starting this week - any possibility of trading down a few spots with a QB-needy team should not be ignored.
In the end, Simmons is a defensive game-breaker for a team desperate for one.
Round 2: Austin Jackson, OT, USC
At 6-foot-6 and 310 pounds, Jackson is one of those prospects whose stock could rise due to the athleticism he shows here this week. The Giants should draft a tackle in the first two rounds, and could eye one with their first round pick.
But for the sake of this mock, I'll go with Jackson with the No. 34 pick, projecting him first as the starter at right tackle with upside to grow into the left tackle of the future to protect Daniel Jones.
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Round 3 (compensatory): Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
Hennessy might not be on the board this late, but the Giants should pounce on the former Don Bosco star if he is. He'd come right in and challenge for the starting job, especially with Jon Halapio recovering from a torn Achilles. The Giants should look to upgrade the position.
Round 4: Darrell Taylor, EDGE, Tennessee
Familiarity could play a strong role here with Taylor, who played his college ball with Giants inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer at Tennessee. Taylor fought through a fractured shin this past season, and he could emerge as a sleeper worth taking a chance on with the lack of depth at edge in Day 3.
Another cool fact: Taylor grew up a Giants fan and idolized Michael Strahan.
Round 5: Amik Robertson, CB, Louisiana Tech
Robertson has the necessary tools to play in the slot and be a valued asset in multiple coverage schemes. His size (5-foot-9, 183 pounds) will keep some teams away and there will be questions about his ability to hold up on the outside. But a creative coaching staff will be able to use Robertson in a variety of ways, taking advantage of his instinctive play as a ball hawk (14 career interceptions).
Round 6: Jordan Fuller, S, Ohio State
Could the former Old Tappan star find his way back home? He's from North Jersey and has been overshadowed somewhat will the rest of the talent on the Ohio State defense. Most of his props have come academically, but Fuller is also the kind of player who could develop into an important piece on the back end.
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Round 7 (compensatory): Francis Bernard, LB, Utah
Bernard has a chance to show this week that he's more athletic and instinctive than given credit. He's played in the middle of a very good college defense and has experience on special teams, which is what he'll need to stick from the outset. The way the Giants went after defensive backs in last year's draft, an infusion of talent at linebacker is needed.
Round 7: Stanford Samuels III, CB, Florida State
Samuels has proven to be durable: he played in all 37 games during his time at Florida State before declaring to enter the draft despite a year of eligibility remaining. He is a two-year starter with eight interceptions over the last three seasons, and that's five more than any other Florida State player in that same span. He could go earlier in the draft and would be a steal in the seventh round.
Round 7: Malcolm Perry, QB/RB/WR, Navy
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A creative mind in the NFL is going to do just that with Perry as he transitions from quarterback to offensive weapon, one that should excel on special teams as well. There have been comparisons to Julian Edelman for Perry, simply in the way his journey to the NFL turns out.
At this point of the draft, it makes sense to take a chance on someone who could be a lottery ticket. There are no character concerns, and Judge has spent time in a franchise that has carved out niches for players like Perry, who may give off a Matthew Slater vibe, too. Also considered Ohio State wide receiver Binjimen Victor in this spot.