Raise your hand if you’re having trouble keeping up with all of the player movement in sports these days? Yeah – I hear ya. It’s a nonstop whirlwind of news between the steady stream of MLB transactions and the beginning of “legal tampering” in the NFL. I decided to take a break from the diamond for a minute in order to have a quick look at what my Giants may look like when the draft rolls around. The draft will be important given the tight financial bind the organization is in, which may hinder its ability to make a splash in free agency. I used the Pro Football Mock Draft Simulator to build my draft. You can find mock drafts from some of our other writers here.
Mock Draft – Prep Work
Before I started, I needed to figure out some sort of strategy. There are a lot of spots that need to be addressed in virtually every aspect of the game, so there are a bunch of ways this could go. For my maiden voyage, I’m focusing on both lines.
The Giants have not done well protecting the QB recently. In my opinion, their offensive line deficiencies are a big part of why Eli declined so rapidly. He was running for his life so often that I think it got in his head. I’m convinced that if he’d had better protection, his career may have ended differently. Last season, with Daniel Jones under center, the offense didn’t do very much. They finished near the bottom in total YPG, passing YPG, rushing YPG, and points PG.
Defensively, Big Blue fared a little better. They were a big part of why the Giants were even able to finish with 4 wins. Despite that, they weren’t really dominant in any phase of the game, so there’s definitely room for improvement there as well. So – let’s see what happens, shall we? Without further adieu, I give you the New York Giants Mock Draft, Version 1.0:
First Round – Pick #5 = Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE (Oregon)
By all accounts, there are a plethora of guys at the top of this draft who are in the mix for New York at #5, and Thibodeaux is definitely one of them. He’s regularly been mentioned as a possible #1 overall pick, so if he falls to the Giants at #5 I think it’s a no-brainer. He reportedly gave a great interview during the combine in Indianapolis, and there seems to be mutual interest.
First Round – Pick #7 = Charles Cross, T (Mississippi State)
Having two picks in the top 10 is a great place for the Giants to be. This pick is the result of last year’s Draft Day trade with the Chicago Bears, which they used to pick Justin Fields.
Cross has proven adept at preventing the rush, which is something the Giants sorely need. While he’s only got 2 years as a starter under his belt, he’s shown himself to be consistent and solid when it comes to stopping opponents. He’s drawn comparisons to Tristen Wirfs.
Second Round – Pick #37 = Nik Bonitto, EDGE (Oklahoma)
There may have been a couple of guys ranked higher than Bonitto at this point, but I opted to load up on pass rushers here. A knock on him at the moment is his size, but his track record is solid, especially against the pass. If he can bulk up it would only help his case.
Third Round – Pick #69 = Dylan Parham, G (Memphis)
Parham has shown promise in the run game the most. If he can consistently open holes for Saquon Barkley to run through, it’d go a long way to making the offense more versatile – and therefore more threatening overall.
Third Round – Pick #79 = Carson Strong, QB (Nevada)
I wasn’t thrilled with many of the guys near the top of the rankings at this point, and I’m definitely not excited about the idea of taking a quarterback yet again. However, the Giants missed out on Mitch Trubisky, who was a rumored target to bring in and foster competition with Jones for the starter gig. Instead, he’s heading to Pittsburgh, so taking Strong could prove a decent alternative. He’s drawn comparisons to Drew Bledsoe, which is pretty good. His health and durability are concerns though.
Fourth Round – Pick #109 = Christian Watson, WR (N. Dakota St.)
Wide receivers were decimated by injury last season. Kenny Golladay underperformed. As a group with high expectations, they pretty much laid an egg last year. Watson will need to get a bit bigger to be able to match up at the NFL level after playing at NDSU. Still, it’s yet another position that needs to be addressed.
Fifth Round – Pick #146 = Zach Tom, C (Wake Forest)
Giants starting center Nick Gates suffered a nasty leg injury early last season, and there’s still uncertainty about his status moving forward. Tom has bounced back and forth between center and tackle, showing promise in pass protection. He’ll likely move back to center and could develop into a starter.
Fifth Round – Pick #171 = Jelani Woods, TE (Virginia)
Kyle Rudolph and Evan Engram have left, so add tight end to the list of holes to fill. Woods stands 6’7″ and has a wingspan close to 7′. If he can regularly catch the ball, he’ll already be ahead of Evan Engram.
Sixth Round – Pick #183 = Eyioma Uwazurike, EDGE (Iowa State)
Showing a little love to the defensive line here. Uwazurike has played all along the line and in multiple formations. His versatility makes it worth taking a flyer on him in the late rounds.
How’d I Do?
So, what do you think? I got an A- from the website, so I guess I did something right – at least on paper. Here’s hoping that the Giants front office is as successful at the real thing in April as I apparently was with this first mock draft. Share your thoughts – anything you like? Anything you’d do differently? Feel free to comment or hit me up on Twitter – @JDanbusky. I’d love to get some more insight about how the Giants can right the ship and be competitive again!
- / 1 year ago
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