Written by: Alexander George
The 2018 New York Giants evaluation on Possible Draft Picks:
With the 2018 NFL Draft less than one week away, here is a recap of the notable football player releases , trades and acquisitions in the off-season so far. These free agency transactions are important to take into consideration when Giants general manager Dave Gettleman selects his draft picks based on need and value.
Quarterback – Geno Smith has signed a one year deal with the L.A. Chargers.With Smith no longer on the team, only Eli Manning and Davis Webb, the third round pick in last season’s draft from California University, is left on the team.
Alex’s evaluation – Sam Darnold may be the player the Giants are zeroing in on in the draft. If the U.S.C. quarterback is sitting there at number two, it may be hard for the organization to pass on him. If he is unavailable, the Giants could very well take another position player instead.
Running Back – The New York Giants do not intend to resign Orleans Darkwa or Shane Vereen but have decided to sign former Panthers running back Jonathon Stewart to a two-year deal instead.
Alex’s evaluation – Even though Saquon Barkley (Penn State) may very well be available for the Giants, this is a deep, talented draft for running backs this year. It is very possible that one of the following players mentioned, with the same value as Barkley, can very well be a Giant in a future pick. The list is as follows: Derrick Guide (LSU), Ronald Jones II (USC), Nick Chubb (Georgia), Sony Michael (Georgia), Kerryon Johnson (Auburn).
Wide Receiver – Literally fresh off the presses in today’s newspaper, Brandon Marshall has been cut from the Giants after only one season. Cody Latimer (Broncos) is the only wide receiver added to the team.
Alex’s evaluation – The addition of Cody Latimer is not enough, as he will be used more in the special teams component and sparing as a back – up receiver. Depending how they use Sterling Shepard, either as a deep threat or slot receiver, may determine the type of receiver to draft. Regardless, a wide receiver will be drafted by the team. Candidates for the position include D.J. Moore (Maryland), Simmie Cobbs jr. (Indiana) and DaeSean Hamilton (Penn State).
Offensive Line – Nate Solder (Patriots) and Patrick Omameh (Jaguars) have significantly upgraded the left side of the line. The other notable acquisition is that Brett Jones has been tendered for one year.
Alex’s evaluation – Since general manager Dave Gettleman lost his bid for guard Andrew Norwell to the Jacksonville Jaguars, look for Gettlemen to possibly draft for the position, as early as the second round. Possible college players selected by the Giants could be Braden Smith (Auburn), Will Hernandez (UTEP) or Isaiah Wynn.
However, consider a possible surprise by the Giants general manager in selecting a Center with a draft pick as well. When you look at the depth of the position of center, the team only has Brett Jones, who has not signed as longterm deal. Jon Halapio could be the back-up but he came out of college as a guard. Therfore, consider this my surprise pick in which James Daniels (Iowa) and Frank Ragnow (Arkansas) may sneak in as a Giant.
Tight End – The team resigned back-up Jerrel Adams to the organization.
Alex’s evaluation – This is one of the few positions where they do not need a player. Last year’s number one pick, Evan Engram, and blocking tight end, Rhett Ellison, picked up last season from the Vikings is good enough for the team. With the limited amount of pick the Giants have, they will look elsewhere.
Edge – Long time New York Giants player Jason Pierre – Paul was traded to the BUCS for an additional third round pick.
Alex’s evaluation – Since the Giants switched to a 3 – 4 defense, a lot of players will be rotating in the position, such as Oliver Vernon, Avery Moss and recently signed Kareem Martin (Cardinals). One would think that they do not need a defensive edge rusher here. however, an old, core and deep Giants belief has been present for a long time. It is that you can never have too many pass rushers. That said, Bradley Chubb (NC State), who is considered one of the best players in the draft with a very high-grade report, is a finalist for the number one pick of the Giant’s organization.
Defensive Tackle – No notable player got picked up or released in free agency.
Alex’s evaluation – Damon Harrison and last year’s number two draft pick Dalvin Tomlinson will continue to play for the New York Giants. No need to draft anyone here.
Linebacker – One of the biggest moves in the off-season happened in this position. Alec Ogletree was traded from the Rams. The Giants organization also resign veteran Mark Herzlich for one year.
Alex’s evaluation – The inside linebackers are set with Alec Ogletree and B.J. Goodson. The Strong and Weakside outside linebackers is a different story. They do have players to play those positions but mostly as rotating players who can also play defensive end as well. To get a real bonafide outside linebacker, the Giants will draft one around the third or fourth round. Jerome Baker (Ohio State ), Darius Leonard (South Carolina State), or Marquis Haynes (Ole Miss) are potential draft picks for the Giants.
Cornerback/Defensive Back – This is the position in which the Giants acquired the most players in free agency.Teddy Williams (Panthers), Curtis Riley (Titans), B.W. Webb (Saints) and William Gay (Steelers) have all signed veteran type contracts.
Alex’s evaluation – By getting so many secondary players in the positions of cornerback and defensive back, the need is miniscule. The only exception in which the team may consider a draft pick is if they want to get someone to serve as a back-up, with the idea of becoming an eventual starter, to Eli Apple, who must redeem himself after a disappointing 2017 season. Players for consideration are Quenton Meeks (Standford), Duke Dawson (Florida) and Darius Phillips (Western Michigan).
Safety – Michael Thomas (Dolphins) has signed a two-year contract.
Alex’s evaluation – Even with Landon Collins forearm injury, which will require a second surgery, he will be ready for the 2018 season. The worst case scenario is Michael Thomas can start in the event Collins can not. No draft pick is needed here.
Placekicker and Punter – Brad Wing got released by the New York Giants.
Alex’s evaluation – Despite the release of Brad Wing and the disappointing season of Aldrich Rosas, the Giants will probably resort to getting a veteran player already in the NFL or an undrafted free agent to possibly fill in those positions. The only way I can see the Giants drafting a speciality player is if they are able to get able extra pick. In the event that happens, Michael Dickson (Punter – Texas) and Daniel Carlson (Kicker – Auburn) are your best bet.