The NFL Draft is a week away and with that comes plenty of mock drafts and questions for every NFL franchise regarding potential needs and fits in this years draft. For the New York Giants they have plenty of needs for a team that is close to contending for a Super Bowl.
They possessed one of the best defensive lines and secondary in the league in 2016-17. Landon Collins came into his own and became one of the most well-rounded safeties in football. Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon formed a three-headed monster up front.
On the offensive side, Odell Beckham Jr. did Odell Beckham Jr. things while Sterling Shepard became a nice compliment in his rookie season. This offseason, the team has already added another weapon for their veteran quarterback in Brandon Marshall. He gives the Giants much needed size out of the receiver position.
For Eli Manning, however, the offensive line, running back and tight end positions were underwhelming. They struggled to find any rhythm all year. Though Paul Perkins found his groove out of the backfield late in the season, there are questions whether he can do it over a full season. The team released Rashad Jennings so they need to fill his void.
But the most pressing needs for coach Ben McAdoo and company is offensive line and tight end help. Here I will give possible options for the Giants regarding those two positions. Today, we address potential offensive line targets. There are three first round choices the Giants could have a chance to draft.
Offensive tackle is the most pressing need on the line for the Giants. However, this draft is not very deep with the type of blindside protection the Giants need for Manning.
Ryan Ramczyk out of Wisconsin could be a good choice for the team. He is probably the best tackle in the draft despite playing only one year in Division I football. Ramczyk is 6 foot 5, 310 lbs. Scouts have graded him as an 88 prospect with some good intangibles. There could be growing pains with him and it is hard to tell if the Giants are willing to deal with that as they are in win-now mode.
Cam Robinson is another option, though many believe he will not make it to the Giants at 23. Robinson is a powerful run-blocker but like Ramcyzk is raw. He still makes a lot of mental mistakes and will need to clean that up to ever reach his potential. However, the 6 foot 6, 322 lbs Robinson is a work horse who started 43 games for Alabama the past three seasons.
The final tackle the Giants could draft is Garret Bolles from Utah. Bolles is a questionable first round pick based on his durability and injury history but he might be worth the gamble for New York who is desperate to upgrade the tackle position. Bolles is regarded by many as the most gifted tackle in the draft and is a tremendous run blocker, something the Giants could definitely use.
Whatever the pick is for New York, drafting a tackle might be the highest priority Jerry Reese and McAdoo have on their list.