The Giants 2017 season was one of the worst in recent memory. As a result they’ve been given the No. 2 overall pick in this April’s NFL Draft. Many seem to believe they will pick the best quarterback available, presumably UCLA’s Josh Rosen or USC’s Sam Darnold. But what other options do they have?
There are many questions surrounding the current franchise quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning. Many believe he is at the tail end of a Hall of Fame career, while others, including some in New York, believe his recent subpar performance was a product of a deficient roster around him. Which raises the question; should the front office focus on other needs instead of quarterback such as offensive line, running back, linebacker, and defensive line?
ESPN’s Mel Kiper recently projected Wyoming’s Josh Allen as the No. 1 overall pick to Cleveland which would leave new GM Dave Gettleman with his choice between Darnold and Rosen. Rosen is seen as the smarter more mature quarterback, whereas Darnold has the physical eye popping tools but will need to work on his decision making after being responsible for 22 turnovers last season.
The top running back in the class, Saquan Barkley is a likely top 10 pick, and his versatility and athleticism could surely help a Giants offense that ranked 21st in total offense this past season. However, Barkley’s skills could become nearly unemployable if the woes of the offensive line remains an unaddressed issue this offseason. There isn’t much high offensive line talent especially at tackle which is one of the biggest needs for New York.
Another possibility is to look between the trenches on the other side of the ball by selecting defensive end out of North Carolina State, Bradley Chubb. The most successful Giants teams in recent past have made a name for themselves by being deep and dangerous on the defensive line. Chubb recorded 10 sacks and 72 total tackles for the Wolfpack. Adding an athlete such as Chubb who has improved every year he’s been in college, could be a huge upgrade for a defense that underperformed in 2017.
Of all the candidates let’s rank the best candidates to be selected No. 2 overall based on the Giants current needs.
Sam Darnold, USC
Darnold can make all the big time throws and has all the physical tools you would want from a college quarterback. His turnovers can be a problem but the Giants were able to overcome some tumultuous turnover ridden years by Eli Manning in the past because of his other great skills. One other key thing to pay attention to is the potential hiring of Vikings OC Pat Shurmur. Shurmur has been considered a coach well suited for helping quarterbacks develop such as Case Keenum this season and could really help Darnold grow at the next level.
Saquan Barkley, Penn State
Barkley is one of the most dynamic playmakers in all of college football. His speed and athleticism is second to none among RBs in this draft class. He has the potential to completely turn around the dynamic of the Giants offense who, even at its best the past couple years, has heavily relied on the pass. A solid run game could also elongate Manning’s career.
Josh Rosen, UCLA
Rosen is a smart passer and could really thrive under the tutelage of both Manning and possibly Shulman as well. He has some good physical tools as well although not as much as Darnold. Rosen would benefit greatly by getting to learn from the sidelines in his first year or so.
Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
No one can deny the Giants need help on the offensive line. Brown was the anchor of the OL of arguably the best offense in the country. He is a 6-foot-8, 345-pound tackle who protected the blindside for this years Heisman trophy winner, Baker Mayfield. Addressing one of the biggest weaknesses of this team could help turn the entire Giants organization around for the better.
Bradley Chubb, N.C. State
Chubb could be a big defensive addition to the Giants line. With injuries and underperformance plaguing their defense for much of the season, some reinforcements within the trenches could help vault the defense back to an elite level.
The NFL Draft will begin on April 26.