The New York Giants are fresh off of a 5-11 and now possess the 6th overall pick in this years NFL Draft. There are so many different directions that they can go with this pick it’s hard to decipher what they plan on doing. But I’m going to lay out the best options for you guys so we can all try and be on the same page come Draft night. The Giants have some big holes to fill, I wonder which one they’ll try and fill first? Let’s go over their options in order of what I think they should do:Embed from Getty Images
Defensive End/EDGE Rusher
The Giants, unfortunately, are in a wait and see kind of scenario here, But lucky for them there is a butt ton of top defensive talent in this draft. Ideally, the Giants will aim for Quinnen Williams out of Alabama, but he will most likely not make it past the Raiders and the Bucs.
A physical freak, At 6’6″ 260 he can come in day one and make some serious noise. His journey to being a top pick wasn’t easy, but here he is, After accepting a scholarship to play Tight End with Michigan State he eventually switched over to defense and opted to go to junior college instead. After dominating the Junior College scene, Montez went back to D-1 Football and continued his domination at Mississippi State. During his two years with Miss St. he was named first-team All-SEC honors twice, he was named 2nd team All-America in 2018, and in 2 years recorded 101 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, and 22.5 sacks. This guy is a beast and still coming to his own as a pass rusher which is scary for opposing offenses!
Gary has been a beast for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan the last 3 years and looks to continue his tempo destroying play in the NFL. Gary (a projected top 5 pick) may be able to slip to the Giants at six due to some medical concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder. Last season he recorded 20 solo tackles and 3.5 sacks, these numbers aren’t mind-blowing by any means but put on the film and its a whole different animal. Gary often saw double and triple teams which opened up the field for his teammates to come in and make plays. I think Gary would be a steal at 6 and the unselfish attitude he plays with will prove useful alongside BJ Hill and Dalvin Tomlison on the Giants defensive front.Embed from Getty Images
It is no secret the Giants are in the market for a new young QB to build and grow with so the Draft seems to be the first place to find one. If the Giants can’t work out a trade for Josh Rosen (assuming Murray goes #1) these are their options at #6, Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State, Drew Lock QB Missouri, Daniel Jones QB Duke
Coming off one of the most prolific years a passer has ever had in college tallying just under 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions. There is no doubt that Haskins has the Arm Talent and brain to succeed in the NFL, the issue is his lack of mobility. Haskins is far from a running QB, he likes to spend his time upright in the pocket and he’s damn good at shredding you from there.
Normally a guy wanted to hang in the pocket and pick apart defenses isn’t an issue but it does concern me with Haskins. The NFL is changing to more of an athletes game, every position now needs to be able to run and make people miss especially QB i.e. Russel Wilson, Carson Wentz, even Jared Goff can boogy. With his lack of ability to escape a pass rush, I have a fear that if the Oline isn’t good then there is no shot Haskins can make the play.
One of the more interesting prospects in the entire draft, and after an in-depth interview on his character showed that he is nothing but a wholesome young man with no skeletons in his closet teams have to be salivating. I know my guy Gettleman is. Lock has been the starting QB for Missuri the past 3.5 years and has been a force to be reckoned with. In his 3 full seasons as the starting QB, He has amassed 10,861 yards, 95 touchdowns (44 in 2017), with only 31 interceptions all of this against the toughest football conference in the country the SEC. Lock’s crystal clean past, proven durability, athletic ability, and arm talent warrant him a top selection in this draft.
One of the more hit or miss prospects in the draft, teams love his size and or physical attributes such as his arm strength but his play hasn’t necessarily matched his ability. Granted that can be because of the coaching and surrounding talent but guys like this always make me nervous. 95% of the time if a QB is going to be good he is good on every level and Daniel Jones has been average never throwing for over 3,00 yards in any of his 3 seasons at Duke and setting his career high in touchdowns this past season with 22. I’d be really really disappointed if they drafted Daniel Jones in the first round at all let alone #6. Let us hope he’s not the next Giants QB.Embed from Getty Images
The Giants have begun to address their offensive line which was slightly improved but still left a ton to be desired last season. Wil Hernandez (last years 2nd round pick) was a great addition and should only get better, they brought in Kevin Zeitler from the Browns (huge upgrade), and they signed back both their centers to compete for the starting gig. With Nate Solder at Left Tackle (for now) the only hole remains at Right Tackle so look for the Giants to get another ‘hog molly’ early in this draft as well especially if their other top prospects are off the board.
The top-rated offensive lineman in this entire draft and his play at Florida only further confirms that. One of the most sought after prospects out of high school Taylor has continued to build his body and game while he kept continuing to get better during his time in Gainsville. Taylor looks like the real deal and if the Giants are not sold on anyone left on the board they could very well beef up that O-line for Saquan Barkley and draft Taylor with the #6 pick.