The New York Giants were one of the most interesting football teams in the NFL last season. They went from a struggling 6-10 team to an 11-5 team with one of the more dominant defenses in the entire league. This team wasn’t perfect, however, and their weaknesses were exposed in the Division Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. Eli Manning was constantly being chased due to having statistically the worst Offensive Tackle duo in the NFL, the wide receivers proved ineffective in the cold with dropped balls, and the defense had some holes.
At the end of the regular season, they addressed some of their needs and provided positional competition via free agency:
WR Brandon Marshall (NYJ)
OT/G DJ Fluker (LAC)
TE/FB Rhett Ellison (MIN)
CB Valentino Blake (TEN)
QB Geno Smith (NYJ)
And with the draft rolling around, I wanted to take the time and explain who the Giants may possibly draft come April 27. I will provide a full analysis, along with some alternatives* that could also suit the Giants.
*Alternatives do not account for any previous pick stated in the mock.
1st Round: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Eli Manning finally gets the supporting cast to get the aerial attack going. Cam Robinson is the best offensive tackle in the NFL Draft and would be the most overall beneficial to the team. The Giants could definitely go halfback, tight end, or linebacker here but with the draft being as shallow as it is with offensive tackles, I would expect them to snatch this guy up. In the film above, you will notice Robinson dominate the widely considered potential first overall pick, Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett. So have Ereck Flowers and DJ Fluker compete for right tackle and have the loser of that positional battle compete with John Jerry for the right guard spot. Here is the ideal offensive line situation, following this pick:
Alternatives: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama. | Christian McCaffrey, HB, Stanford.| Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky | Haason Reddick, LB, Temple. | Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan.| David Njoku, TE, Miami.
2nd Round: Alvin Kamara, Half Back, Tennessee
The Giants draft an underrated all-around back who had one of the best combine performances this year. He can break through arm tackles, juke defenders, catch the ball and run. Has great balance and stays upright He has good open field vision. With the revamped offensive line stated above, running lanes should be easier to come by. Kamara would make a great compliment with Paul Perkins and perhaps Orleans Darkwa.
Alternatives: Curtis Samuel, HB/WR, Ohio St. | Taylor Moton, T, Western Michigan | Dion Dawkins, T, Temple | Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss | Adoree Jackson, CB, USC
3rd Round: Desmond King, Cornerback / Safety, Iowa
Desmond King is an interesting prospect. He led the NCAA with 8 interceptions in 2015. He was projected as a 1st round pick in the 2016 draft, but he decided to attend his final year at Iowa to get his degree. This year raised questions about his speed, and with his stats not living up to his previous year, his stock began to freefall. Not all of the NFL’s all-pro cornerbacks or safeties have 4.3 speed, yet his stock has plummeted for this reason. He is being shunned by scouts and the draft community, and they will regret it. He is an amazing athlete, considering he was in the top 15 in the 3 cone drill, 60-yard shuttle, and 20-yard shuttle out of 61 defensive back prospects. He also ran an unofficial 4.52 40-yard dash at his pro day, which would make him the 6th fastest safety. He has the ability to play either cornerback or safety very well. Fluid hips, great hands, great awareness. Steal in the 3rd round.
Alternatives: Alex Anzalone, LB, Florida | Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU |Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan |Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
4th Round: Jake Butt, Tight End, Michigan
The Giants decide to go against most projections and don’t bite on Howard or Njoku. Instead, they draft Jake Butt, a complete tight end prospect from Michigan. Jake is currently recovering from a torn ACL and did not participate in the Combine or his school’s pro day. He has great size for a tight end being 6’6″ 250lbs. He is also nimble and can catch the ball pretty well. He is a pretty good run blocker as well. Reminds me of Zach Ertz with his body size and ability together.
Alternatives: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama | Damontae Kazee, CB, SDSU | Duke Riley, LB, LSU | Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
5th Round: Dede Westbrook, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
Could be a 2nd round pick, and I still have him ranked as the #3 best wide receiver in the draft. Will be taken around here unless a team absolutely falls in love with him. Dede Westbrook is an amazing wide receiver with some flaws that prevent him from being selected much earlier. 1. His frame. He’s 6’0″ and only 179 lbs. Very wiry for a wide receiver who’s 6’0″. 2. He’s 24 years old, so he has limited years remaining in his professional career before it even begins. 3. He also had some domestic violence issues which really puts teams in an awkward position. But, on the bright side, he’s one of the draft’s best route runners, ran a 4.3 unofficial 40-yard dash at his pro day, has amazing balance for sideline catches and escaping tackles, and has great hands. Would really benefit from being around Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham, and former college teammate Sterling Shepard, someone he really looks up to and is very close with.
Alternatives: James Connor, HB, Pittsburgh | Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee | Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas | Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
6th Round: Javancy Jones, Linebacker, Jackson State
The small school prospect with a whole lot of potential. Javancy Jones can play middle linebacker, edge / outside linebacker, or defensive end. He is 6’2″ 245, which is a great size for a linebacker. He came onto the scene when he blew up the East-West Shrine Game and continues to impress. He also had a great pro day, with a 4.5-4.7 40-yard dash and 26 reps on the bench press. He’s an explosive athlete who can wrap up and hit hard. A disruptive force in the backfield. Would compete for right outside linebacker or middle linebacker, depending on where Keenan Robinson is not playing.
Alternatives: Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss | KD Cannon, WR, Baylor | Elijah Hood, HB, North Carolina |Aviante Collins, G, TCU | Chad Williams, Wide Receiver, Grambling
7th Round: Speedy Noil, Wide Receiver / Halfback, Texas A&M
The Giants take a gamble on a low production player who’s a world-class athlete with off the field issues. Speedy Noil was once expected to be the next big thing in the NCAA being that his measurables are off the charts, but he never found his niche in the Texas A&M system but did manage to find trouble with the law with marijuana. They take the risk to turn his off the field issues around and to get a new return specialist and gadget player, which could be a huge payoff. He ran a 4.40 at his pro day at Texas A&M. Here are his combine measurables via mockdraftable:
Alternatives: Tarik Cohen, HB, North Carolina A&T | Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia | Ben Boulware, MLB, Clemson | Travin Dural, WR, LSU
All of these 7 selections would be immediate impacts for the Giants. This would be a very strong draft class. They get a cornerstone left tackle, a workhorse running back to pair with Perkins, a player who really help out the secondary as either cornerback or safety, a new big and athletic complete tight end, a gifted wide receiver, a very talented linebacker, and a cheaper return specialist who is more of a gifted athlete than almost anyone in this draft. We will see how it really plays out April 27.
Written by @RTFootballScout