Well folks, the draft has come and gone already, but that means were just one step closer to football. This year’s draft, especially the first round, lived up to the hype it was sought out to be. It was even crazier than many people thought, and speaking from someone who was in attendance, it was really, REALLY crazy. The Giants had the #23 overall pick and nobody knew exactly who the they were going to draft. The GMen had needs in many positions and with the draft being as deep as it was, it was no shock the Giants surprised everyone with their pick.
With that pick, they selected tight end Evan Engram out of Ole Miss. Now many Giant’s fans there were chanting Reuben Fosters name as he was a surprise fall in the first round. Some people also thought maybe David Njoku or Zach Cunningham would’ve been the pick. Giant’s fans also got excited when OJ Howard fell, but was taken just 2 picks before their’s. But no one should be complaining with Engram.
Being 6’3″ and 234 pounds, Engram is definitely an attractive prospect especially after his amazing combine. The Giants were also in need of a tight end, as Will Tye and co. were not going to cut it for the upcoming season. Another attractive trait about Engram is not only his size, but his speed. He ran a tenth of a second faster 40-yard dash then Odell. Let that sink in. The new Giants’ tight end is technically faster then Odell Beckham Jr., the star athlete and arguably best receiver/player in the NFL.
With the addition of Engram, the Giants definitely have one of, if no the, best receiving core in the league. Odell, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and now Evan Engram. Eli is going to have a very fun time with his offensive squad this year.
The first round pick wasn’t the only thing Jerry Reese got right, it was just about every other round as well, specifically the second round.
After the heartbreaking departure of Jonathan Hankins, it seemed the Giants were in a need of a defensive tackle, even with the already stacked line we have. With the 55th overall pick the Giants drafted Dalvin Tomlinson from Alabama. The 6’3″, 310 defensive tackle will most likely start immediately and replace Hankins’ departure. Funny enough, Tomlinson’s NFL comparison was Jonathan Hankins so I think the Giants will get exactly what they want. If Tomlinson produces how the Giants want him to and even exceed their expectations, they will not only have one of the best defensive line in the league, but will but cracking champagne at the thought Hankins choosing money over a ring.
Just like everyone was predicting the Giants to do, they selected a quarterback in the third round of the draft. The man who is already being called the heir to Eli is Davis Webb from Cal. Webb also played at Texas Tech during his collegiate career. Webb had a shoulder injury during his junior year there. He then transferred to Cal and made a name for himself. He threw for over 4,000 yards and had 37 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions.
Webb is a little more athletic than Giants fans are used to (sorry Eli), but Webb has a lot of the similar traits to Eli. He has a great vision of the field and also a strong arm. Learning from Eli is only going to benefit him and I believe this was a part pick by Jerry Reese.
In the fourth round, the Giants selected a running back, a position they also have a need for. Earlier this week Paul Perkins was named the starter although many thought it was obvious. With an aging Shane Vereen and two other unproven backs, the Giants drafted Wayne Gallman out of Clemson. Side note: The schools Jerry Reese is drafting players from speaks for themselves let alone the player’s talent.
Gallman in his last two seasons with the Tigers, rushed for over 1,000 yards each time while putting a total of 30 rushing touchdowns during that period. He also proved to be a versatile back throughout he career in Clemson, adding 486 receiving yards to his resume. Gillman is a big back compared to the ones New York has and will come in to play a sort of Brandon Jacobs role. I believe the goal out of drafting Gallman to add with Perkins and bring back the days of Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw would be the speed and small running back used on early down and Jacobs would be the truck and goal-line guy.
The Giants will bring in at least 4 other running backs besides Perkins in an attempt for all of them to fight for a roster part and be highest on the depth chart. Although New York drafted a running back, I wouldn’t count out the addition of LeGarrette Blount. I believe the Giants are waiting for the right price and time to add Blount, as he still lingers on the market. The other team rumored to be in play is the Lions, but personally I believe the leagues leading rushing touchdown man would fit best with Big Blue.
With the 5th round rolling through, the Giants decided to go the route of defensive end and add some depth to their already top ranked defense. They took Avery Moss, defensive end out of Youngstown state. This pick was a bit surprising in the sense that Moss got into some trouble while he played for Nebraska early in his collegiate career, leading him to transferring to Youngstown. The Giants usually stay away from troublemakers but took a chance and have hope for this young man.
Finally addressing the offensive line, the Giants traded up in the 6th round for an offensive tackle out of Pitt. Adam Bisnowaty was the 14th ranked tackle in this draft. He’s a guy who they brought in so people wouldn’t complain that they didn’t draft an offensive tackle. Well, not completely. He is a good football player too although could use some work. Hopefully he’ll bring some competition to the field come training camp and build into an eventual starting o-lineman.
Overall the Giants had a very solid draft. The first 2 picks will make the most immediate impact on this football team. The other players will have to work hard to prove themselves and hopefully will be apart of an exciting and dominant football squad. The Giants got deeper and younger in this year’s draft, adding to the excitement of a potential Super Bowl run in the near years.