The New York Giants have had a crazy offseason to say the least. They let their best defensive player in Landon Collins join NFC East rival Washington and traded Olivier Vernon and Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. While the Giants received guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers and a bunch of picks in the trade, GM Dave Gettleman needs to upgrade his team in the 2019 NFL Draft.
With the Beckham Jr. trade, the Giants now have two first round picks and three within the top 40. This provides Gettleman the ammunition to trade into the top five, which is something that would make Giants fans very happy. The team has many holes to fix and they need to address them in this draft.
While Eli Manning had a career year in terms of completion percentage, he turned 38 in January and does not have more years left in him. Gettleman needs to find the quarterback of the future with one of his first round picks as the team is interested in Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Duke’s Daniel Jones.
While Haskins seems to be the more polished passer, Jones played for David Cutcliffe and has many similarities to Manning coming out of Ole Miss. The Giants could pass on Haskins at six if they believe Jones will be available at 17, but that could be a costly risk. Kyler Murray and Drew Lock are the other first round quarterback options, but it seems unlikely that all four quarterbacks will be available by pick 17.
Outside of quarterback, the offensive line is the biggest need for the Giants on that side of the ball. Reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley had a phenomenal season, but he was often breaking tackles in the backfield. The Giants added Kevin Zeitler to play right guard for them, but they could use an upgrade at right tackle.
Gettleman likes drafting hog mollies in the first round, so it is not out of the question for the Giants to take an offensive tackle early in the draft. Jawaan Taylor will probably be available at six, but Andre Dillard, Yodny Cajuste and Greg Little should all be available at 17. Fans would be very happy if the Giants used their first two picks on a quarterback and an offensive tackle.
Defensively, the Giants need to add a pass rusher. Vernon led the team in sacks last season with seven, but the Giants struggled to generate pressure all season. The 2019 draft class is flooded with good pass rushers, giving them plenty of options to choose from. Rashan Gary, Ed Oliver, Montez Sweat, Brian Burns and Clelin Ferrell will all be available for the Giants when they are on the clock.
Teams in the NFC East are adding more firepower on the offensive end, meaning the Giants need someone to get after the quarterback. They have been unable to add an impact pass rusher in free agency, so addressing the need in the draft is understandable. LSU linebacker Devin White should also be an option for the Giants if he is available for them at six.
The Butkus Award winner is the best all-around linebacker to enter the draft since Luke Kuechley and he would immediately upgrade James Bettcher’s defense. The Giants have many holes to fill in the 2019 draft and they need to address those needs with their two first round picks.