With the NFL Draft just about a week away, let’s look at what the New York Giants should do and not do during the draft.
Take the best available player in the first round
The Giants have many question marks surrounding the offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and tight end positions entering the draft. This year’s offensive line class is not as great as in years past and with the addition of D.J. Fluker in free agency, I think the Giants should pass on the offensive line in the first round. With that being said, Miami Hurricanes’ tight end David Njoku has been linked to the Giants throughout the draft process and could be the likely pick if available at 23.
Add defensive tackle depth
The defensive tackle position was most likely going to get addressed even if Johnathan Hankins re-signed with the Giants. However, now with Hankins signed with the Indianapolis Colts, this leaves Jay Bromley and Robert Thomas as the two candidates to compete for the void left by Hankins. With neither Bromley nor Thomas having much experience, expect the Giants to add depth to this position in the middle rounds.
Roll the dice on Joe Mixon
The Giants should pull the trigger on Joe Mixon despite his off the field issues. Many experts have Mixon as a first round talent but an incident that occurred in 2014 could drop his stock to the second to third round. Mixon has great speed and is also a weapon catching the ball out of the backfield. On the ground last year Mixon ran for 1,274 yards and 10 touchdowns and also had 37 receptions for 538 yards and five touchdowns. Mixon would be a great addition to the duo of Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.
Reach for a quarterback in the first round
The Giants have a greater need for other positions in the first round other than quarterback. Yes, the Giants at some point in the next year or two will need to look for their next franchise quarterback. Personally, the only way I see the Giants selecting a quarterback in the first round is if many of their choices are off the board. Plus, there are many quality quarterbacks that will be available on day two of the draft which include; Davis Webb (California), Brad Kaaya (Miami), Nate Peterman (Pittsburg), and Josh Dobbs (Tennessee).
Draft a running back in the first round
Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey headline the top running backs in this year’s draft. Fournette, who is a projected top 10 pick, and Cook will likely be off the board way before the Giants pick. With that being said, I also do not see the Giants trading up to select either of these two mainly due to the fact that since 2007 when Jerry Reese was named General Manager he has never traded a first round pick. This leaves McCaffrey whose draft stock has been on the rise and could also be selected before the Giants pick at 23. D’Onta Foreman (Texas), Joe Mixon (Oklahoma) as mentioned above, and Alvin Kamara (Tennessee) are three running backs that should be available in the second to third round that could be added to help the Giants’ running game.
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