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NFL Draft Needs: Giants

by Josh Norris

Evan Silva (@EvanSilva) is Rotoworld's Senior NFL Editor, and Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) is Rotoworld's lead Draft Analyst. Together, they're breaking down every team's biggest needs and offering potential solutions in April’s draft.

For a breakdown on every team, check out the team-by-team draft preview schedule.

Notable Pre-Draft Additions: RG Kevin Zeitler, WR Golden Tate, SS Jabrill Peppers, OLB Markus Golden, S Antoine Bethea.

Starting Offense

QB: Eli Manning
RB: Saquon Barkley
WR: Sterling Shepard
WR: Corey Coleman
SLWR: Golden Tate
TE: Evan Engram
LT: Nate Solder
LG: Will Hernandez
C: Jon Halapio
RG: Kevin Zeitler
RT: Chad Wheeler

Starting Defense

RE: B.J. Hill
LE: RJ McIntosh
NT: Dalvin Tomlinson
ILB: Alec Ogletree
ILB: B.J. Goodson
ROLB: Markus Golden
LOLB: Lorenzo Carter
LCB: Sam Beal
RCB: Janoris Jenkins
SCB: Grant Haley
FS: Antoine Bethea
SS: Jabrill Peppers

Team Needs

Silva's Analysis

Quarterback: Popgun armed and timid in the pocket, 38-year-old Eli has reached a stage of his career where he makes teammates look worse and can only function competently when everything is perfect around him. The G-Men have losing records in five of the last six seasons; the tie that binds is Eli, whose utter lack of quick-twitch athleticism can doom New York’s offense week to week and even contributed to in-season in-fighting among Giants players.

Defensive Front Seven: Hill, Tomlinson and McIntosh give the Giants a workable talent base on the defensive line, but a deeper rotation is needed. Golden is on a one-year, prove-it deal on the edge opposite Carter, and the Giants’ second-level interior duo of Goodson and Ogletree got eaten up both against the run and in pass coverage all last year.

Secondary: No. 3 receiver and offensive tackle also warrant mentions for one of the NFL’s neediest teams. Last year’s Giants allowed an NFC-high 61 completions of 20-plus yards and have lost top performers SS Landon Collins, CB Eli Apple and CB B.W. Webb over the last six months.

 

Giants 2019 Draft Picks

Norris' Options

1 (6). EDGE Montez Sweat, Miss State - The Giants are in prime position to select one of the top edge rushers in this class. The decision might come down to Sweat, Rashan Gary and Brian Burns. Sweat wins with outstanding upfield burst, some bend and a vicious long arm to press and walk his opposition back. Gettleman talks about complete process prospects, and Sweat has participated in everything.

1 (17). Acquired from Browns in Odell Beckham trade - iDL Christian Wilkins, Clemson - Yes, two prospects along the defensive front. Gettleman has a history of doubling up on positions when his team is in need of a talent boost (Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei, James Bradberry and Daryl Worley). Gettleman also loves interior disruption from big men that can move. That’s Wilkins.

2 (37). T Tytus Howard, Alabama State - I bet Tytus Howard goes off the board in the first 10 picks of the second round. If the Giants aren’t going to take an early shot on a quarterback, their best chance for success is keeping their immobile old quarterback clean. Howard has plenty of right tackle experience.

3 (95). Acquired from Browns in Odell Beckham trade - WR Kelvin Harmon, NC State - It’s been interesting to see Dave Gettleman, a general manager who focused mostly on size at the outside receiver spots in Carolina, invest in slot players in his second job. Harmon is comfortable in contact and is at his best when winning contested balls with body control.

4 (108). CB Mike Jackson, Miami - Jackson’s 2017 performance was impressive. His play in 2018 likely will drop him to the third day. But he boasts great length and a very good athletic profile as an outside corner.

4 (132). Acquired from Saints in Eli Apple trade - ILB Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame - Tranquill’s game reminds me so much of Blake Martinez. Rangy linebacker who can hold up in coverage in passing situations.

5 (142). Acquired from Lions for Damon Harrison - QB Clayton Thorson, Northwestern - This isn’t much of an investment in the quarterback position, but that’s the current vibe the Giants are giving off (via the media) at this time.

5 (143). CB Ugo Amadi, Oregon - Third safety/slot corner hybrid who might be smaller, but plays with great aggression and anticipation.

5 (171). C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama - Halapio has missed a boat load of games during his career, so some utility interior line help behind him might be a draft goal.

6 (180). DL Chris Slayton, Syracuse - We know Dave Gettleman has never traded back during a draft to acquire more picks, but he has moved up when he has a target in mind. With so many picks at his disposal this year, that is a possibility. An interior defensive lineman with some juice to get upfield from multiple alignments is a worth a sixth round pick.

7 (232). Acquired from Vikings for Brett Jones - LB Ulysses Gilbert, Akron - In Carolina, Gettleman had a tendency to take late round linebackers for special teams and depth purposes.

7 (245). RB Kerrith Whyte, FAU - A ridiculously fast returner/air back.

Josh Norris
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .