One year removed from an 11-5 playoff campaign, the New York Giants find themselves selecting 2nd Overall. Injuries, poor coaching, and uninspired play were all roles in New York’s demise. With four picks in the top-70, and with a new GM and Head Coach in place, the 2018 NFL Draft will be a crucial time for the Giants. They need to get their picks right. Here’s our projections for how the team will draft:
Round 1, Pick #2: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
I believe the Giants top three choices for their First Round selection are Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, and Bradley Chubb (in that order). The Giants reportedly believe Darnold is the only top-QB worthy of the second overall selection. Darnold has the traits the Giants are looking for in a Franchise QB, and if he is there at #2 I would be shocked if the Giants pass on him. Anyway, If Sam Darnold isn’t available (likely), I think the Giants will pull the trigger on Barkley at #2. Barkley is the best player in this draft class, and would be very worthy to be selected here. Barkley, if he goes #2, would be the highest RB drafted since 2005, when the Dolphins took Ronnie Brown second overall. Barkley (6-0, 235) is a can’t miss prospect, and would a home-run pick for the Giants. Eli Manning is at his best with lots of talent around him. Adding Barkley greatly helps out Eli, and could be a catalyst to revamp a lack-luster rushing attack.
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Round 2, Pick #34: James Daniels, OG/C, Iowa
Yes, I am aware that part of the Eli’s struggles, and the Running Back’s struggles, fall on the shoulders of the offensive line. The OL has been mediocre, at best, for the past 3/4 seasons. If the Giants ever want to return to playing consistent, winning football, it all starts up front. New GM Dave Gettleman knows this, and will surely add some “hog-mollies” through the Draft. James Daniels (6-3, 295) is a versatile interior lineman who can really play. While Daniels may not be a huge name in this class, he should be considering the talented prospect he is. Daniels could start right away for the Giants at Guard, and/or could also contribute at Center if Brett Jones isn’t the long term answer.
Round 3, Pick #66: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon
The Giants showed interest in Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby when they had him in for a pre-draft visit. Ereck Flowers has been a complete bust, and moving him to start at RT wouldn’t be wise. Flowers has questionable technique and footwork that will limit the Giants offense, whether that being at LT or RT. New York would be wise to add another quality OT, and Crosby (6-5, 330) fits the bill. Crosby plays with great power, and would be an immediate upgrade for the Giants new-look Offensive Line. And just for fun, how would this OL (Solder, Omameh, Jones, Daniels, Crosby) sound? I’d say Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley would be pretty excited.
Round 3, Pick #69: Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gone, and Eli Apple’s status uncertain, the Giants need reinforcements at CB. Anthony Averett (5-11, 185) would be a great addition. I just hope makes it to Round 3. If he does, the Giants should pounce on Averett. Averett plays with sound technique, and is an explosive athlete with great top-end speed (4.36s 40 yard dash). Averett would be able to contribute right away for the Giants as a starting CB on the outside, or could thrive playing inside as a corner.
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Round 4, Pick #108: Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana
Tegray Scales has been a big impact defender for Indiana. Since the start of the 2016 season, Scales finished second among all defenders in the nation with 148 solo tackles, and tied for second with 36.0 stops for a loss. Scales (6-0, 228) is all over the field making plays, and is a good athlete who displays great range. Scales could come in right away and make an impact on a Giants defense that needs help at the Linebacker spot. Scales is being criminally undervalued in this draft class, and will be a steal if he is available Day 3.
Round 5, Pick #139: Tyquan Lewis, EDGE, Ohio State
Tyquan Lewis is a player who can rush the passer, and play well off the edge. He was second in the nation heading into 2017 with 43 pressures from the left side (via PFF). Lewis plays similarly to Devon Kennard, who is not back with the Giants. Lewis would be able to add some pass rush help and depth to New York’s defense. If new DC James Betcher does decide to switch the Giants to a 3-4, Lewis would be a perfect fit at Outside Linebacker. If they stay in the 4-3, Lewis still could help at DE, and play some OLB as well for the Giants.
Oh, and I thought I would add this picture of Saquon…
Doesn’t mean much, but Barkley and NYG just looks like a marriage waiting to happen. Barkley had this on in mid-April when going to a Pennsylvania barber shop.
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Sources: nfl.com. profootballfocus, clutchpoints.com, giants.com, draftwire.com, and nfl.com/prospects. The photos used are not mine, and credit belongs to the site, or person, credit in each photo’s individual caption.
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