The New York Giants need to find their quarterback of the future but they also have a desperate need at edge rusher along with other spots.
The New York Giants have draft capital at the ideal time—if they’re ready to use it. The team needs to find a successor for Eli Manning, and Dave Gettleman has the assets in play to grab his favorite. The only question is his willingness.
Then again, the Giants also have other significant needs, including an emergency siren going off at pass rusher. What will the Giants do in the draft? They’ve got 12 picks to do as they please.
State Of The Team
Total Draft Picks
With three picks in the top 37 and 12 overall, the Giants have more draft ammo than most.
- Round 1: No. 6 overall
- Round 1: No 17 overall
- Round 2: No. 37 overall
- Round 3: No. 95 overall
- Round 4: No. 108 overall
- Round 4: No. 132 overall
- Round 5: No. 142 overall
- Round 5: No. 143 overall
- Round 5: No. 171 overall
- Round 6: No. 180 overall
- Round 7: No. 232 overall
- Round 7: No. 245 overall
Top 3 Draft Needs
Pass Rusher: The trade of Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns has turned this existing need into a Code Red situation to obtain an edge rusher.
Right Tackle: Acquiring guard Kevin Zeitler from the Cleveland Browns rids the Giants of another O-line weakspot, but right tackle remains a sore spot.
Quarterback: The Giants are sticking with veteran Eli Manning for another season, after paying him a $5 million roster bonus on March 17th. Still, his days in the league are numbered.
Top 3 Draft Targets
Gary is an athletic defensive end, who has a potential high ceiling in the professional game. According to NFL.com, Gary ran his forty-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine and also hoisted up 26 repetitions of the 225 lbs. bench press. At 6-4, 280 lbs., Gary can play anywhere from three-technique to the edge, so he’ll fit perfectly into defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s scheme in New York.
QB, Ohio State
EDGE, Mississippi State
Drafting Sweat would bring the Giants a defensive element they’ve largely been lacking on defense recently—speed. According to NFL.com, the former Bulldog ran a blazing 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting Combine (4.41 seconds). Sweat led Mississippi State with 11.5 sacks last season, as he garnered first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American status in 2018.
Decision Maker (Or Who To Blame If Things Go Wrong)
After allowing safety Landon Collins walk in free agency, and trading Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns, there’s no doubt that general manager Dave Gettleman calls the shots. director of college scouting, Chris Pettit, is well respected within the franchise, as is director of player personnel, Mark Koncz. By all appearances, Gettleman has had a solid working relationship with head coach Pat Shurmur too. Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have not typically been activist owners when it come to the NFL Draft, so make no mistake, the buck stops with Gettleman.
Best/Worst Pick In Current Draft Slot
Historically, who was the best pick and the worst pick based on where the team is currently picking.
Best Pick: Phil Simms, quarterback, No. 7 overall in 1979 NFL Draft
The Giants best pick in this general area of the draft has to be Phil Simms, who was an immediate starter at QB for the Giants. Simms went 95-64 as a starter in his 14-year career.
Worst Pick: Billy Hillenbrand, running back, No. 6 overall in 1944 NFL Draft
Hillenbrand cost the Giants an early pick way back in 1944, but instead he went to fight in the war. When he was ready for football two years later, he ended up playing in another league entirely before returning to the NFL to play for the Baltimore Colts.