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2021 NFL Power Rankings: New York Giants

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Giants rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Giants in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Daniel Jones

The Giants were going to draft DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle with the 11th pick if they had fallen to that spot. They didn't. But the Giants were so intent on getting more playmakers for Jones that they still drafted wide receiver Kadarius Toney after trading down to No. 20. As if adding Kenny Golladay, John Ross III and Kyle Rudolph in free agency and getting back Saquon Barkley from a torn ACL wasn't enough, now Jones has Toney (referred to as an "offensive weapon" by one coach) in the mix. Any lack of success from Jones in his third season won't be due to a lack of talent around him. -- Jordan Raanan

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

The Giants traded out of each of their first two picks -- unprecedented draft maneuvering for "Trader" Dave Gettleman, who had famously never traded back in his career before this past weekend. The Giants came out of the wheeling and dealing with multiple picks in the first, third and fourth rounds of the 2022 draft. Kadarius Toney, selected 20th overall after Gettleman's blockbuster deal with the Bears, gives Daniel Jones another high-upside playmaker. Jones will have no shortage of options in a make-or-break third year: Toney joins an offense that already boasts Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, Evan Engram, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They are coming off a nice draft and a good offseason, which puts the focus clearly on Daniel Jones. He has to take big steps forward for the Giants to win the division.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

A lot of new ingredients to blend into a winning recipe, but this could be a tasty entrée if QB Daniel Jones finally starts cooking with gas.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

I disagree with the idea that Daniel Jones has no more excuses because of what the Giants surrounded him with at wide receiver this offseason. New York had the NFL's worst pass-protecting offensive line in 2020, and its five projected starters for 2021 were all on the roster last year. It's reasonable to expect the young tackles to improve, but the interior is loaded with question marks.

The Giants made big investments in wide receiver, signing Kenny Golladay and drafting Kadarius Toney in the first round. But offensive coordinator Jason Garrett has offered no evidence to suggest that he's capable of giving the Giants an edge on a weekly basis. The defense flashed last year but probably got a little bit too much hype for a unit that finished 19th in efficiency. Mediocrity is achievable, but I don't see the Giants making the leap that some others do.

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