It’s time to talk draft New York Giants fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 8, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
Eli Manning is entering his 16th season. This might be the year, especially with a high draft pick, to bring in the quarterback of the future. New GM Dave Gettleman did a really good job with his first draft last year. By drafting RB Saquon Barkley and OG Will Hernandez, he added two key building blocks. Barkley broke a lot of tackles and created a lot of plays on his own. Hernandez started to become a beast as the season progressed. Now they need to continue to build the OL, so they can have the dominant running attack they desire.
The shipping off of OBJ to Cleveland was a somewhat shocking move, since they just signed him to a new contract. But, on the positive side, the Giants gained some valuable draft picks in a deep draft. Now let’s see what Gettleman does with them.
2019 draft picks
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|2||37||New York Giants|
|3||–||New York Giants|
|3||95||New York Giants|
|4||108||New York Giants|
|4||132||New York Giants|
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|5||143||New York Giants|
|5*||171||New York Giants|
|6||180||New York Giants|
|7||232||New York Giants|
|7||245||New York Giants|
*Indicates Compensatory Pick.
The Giants used their third round pick in the 2018 supplemental draft on CB Sam Beal.
- Right Tackle
- Defensive End
- Free Safety
The biggest question this off-season is will the Giants draft the QB of the future? Daniel Jones would make a good fit. He’s a classically built NFL-style quarterback, tutored by David Cutcliffe – the Manning family quarterback whisperer. Wouldn’t it be interesting though, if the Giants waited on drafting a QB until the mid-rounds, and picked up Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur, the son of Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. The Giants will also look for some OL help. They might even consider picking up a LT to groom.
Like almost every NFL team, the Giants would love to add a DE who can pressure, hit, and sack the quarterback. If they picked up a QB in free agency, then, they could use their first round pick on a player like Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell or Kentucky’s Josh Allen. The Giants were prudent in letting Alec Ogletree and his hefty contract go, but now, they could use an inside linebacker; an upgrade at the corner position would make sense, as would a free safety.
Prospects to watch
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
When HC Pat Shurmur was the OC with the Rams in 2010, he guided QB Sam Bradford to a successful rookie campaign. In 2016, as OC of the Vikings, Shumur turned Case Keenum into a household name. Giants fans should anticipate similar results with a QB of Jones background. He is a two-year captain and two-time team Most Valuable Player at Duke and has started 36 career games. Coaches spoke highly of him at the Senior Bowl which will only help his case.
Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin
Benzschawel was a consensus All-American, opening gaping holes for Jonathan Taylor at Wisconsin. He looked stellar in the Pinstripe Bowl, and had a solid Senior Bowl. Imagine, having him at right guard and Will Hernandez at left guard. The Giants power running game would certainly begin to take the next step.
Maxx Crosby, DE, Eastern Michigan
The Giants might have to bundle their fourth-round picks to go up and get Crosby. The junior defensive end, finished his career at Eastern Michigan with 41 tackles for loss. He was twice named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Ugo Amadi, FS, Oregon
Amadi was recently named the Lombardi Award winner as the top college football player in the nation, regardless of position, based on performance, leadership, character and resiliency Besides being able to play free safety, the former cornerback can return punts and help out in the nickel.
Players to Watch: OG Michael Dieter, Wisconsin; OT Andre Dillard, Washington; QB Drew Lock, Missouri; CB Amani Oruwariye; DT Olive Sagapolu, Wisconsin; and ILB Tre Watson, Maryland.
General Manager: Dave Gettleman | Head Coach: Pat Shurmur | Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula | Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Saquon Barkley RB | R2 Will Hernandez OG
2017: R1 Evan Engram TE | R2 Dalvin Tomlinson DT
R1 Eli Apple CB | R2 Sterling Shepard WR
2015: R1 Ereck Flowers OT | R2 Landon Collins S