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How the public is betting the Giants first draft pick in 2021 NFL Draft

Who will the New York Giants first pick be in the 2021 NFL Draft? We examine the betting splits over at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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The New York Giants are one of three NFC East teams that have a pick inside the top-15 of the 2021 NFL Draft. At No. 11 overall, the Giants can almost take best player available on either side of the ball.

If they want to go offense, then they could add to their wide receiver unit with the explosive Devonta Smith. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner would be a nice addition on the outside next to free-agent signing Kenny Golladay.

However, they could also go defense, which is starting to really come into its own. Edge rusher Jaelan Phillips is the betting favorite among the public, while Micah Parsons and Kwity Paye are receiving some action as well.

Giants first pick betting splits

Jaelan Phillips: (+1400) 18% handle 10% bets
DeVonta Smith (+175) 18% handle 15% bets
Jaylen Waddle (+600) 14% handle 15% bets
Alijah Vera-Tucker (+2000) 11% handle 7% bets
Rashawn Slater (+800) 9% handle 12% bets
Kwity Paye (+1600) 7% handle 8% bets
Micah Parsons (+350) 7% handle 11% bets
Jaycee Horn: (+700) 7% handle 5% bets
Azee Ojulari (+1600) 4% handle 6% bets
Gregory Rousseau (+5000) 1% handle 4% bets

Best Bets

Kwity Paye (+1600)
Micah Parsons (+350)

When it comes to Giants general manager David Gettleman, no one knows what he might do on draft night. A couple of years ago, he drafted Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the draft, instead of taking Dwayne Haskins. Then later in the first round, the Giants took Dexter Lawrence and DeAndre Baker.

As for the 2021 draft, New York takes Kwity Paye out of Michigan or Micah Parsons out of Penn State at No. 11 overall. The Giants have the interior of their defensive line locked up, but they need to get some pass rushers off the edge and a playmaker at linebacker.

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