The New York Giants will select with the 23rd pick in the NFL draft one week from today. The Giants were a playoff team last season, but still have some holes that need to be filled. On the offensive side of the ball, the Giants are truly only set at the wide receiver position, and at starting quarterback. A lot will be learned about how GM Jerry Reese feels about the current state of the team by the end of next weekend. Who are some players on the offensive side of the ball that Reese may target in the first round?
The New York Giants are set at quarterback with Eli Manning under center. However, it is time for the Giants to find his replacement for the future. Eli has shown signs of regression the last few seasons and the Giants would be wise to find an understudy. The Giants may feel comfortable with Geno Smith as the backup this season, but most likely do not view him as the future of the franchise.
Deshaun Watson (Clemson)
Watson is the most accomplished of this year’s quarterback prospects. No one knows what order the quarterbacks will come off the board, with Watson possibly coming off as high as number two overall, or falling out of the first round completely. Watson seems to have the full package and the maturity to step into the New York spotlight. Given time, he could blossom into the future face of the New York Giants.
Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech)
Mahomes is one of the most gifted players in this year’s draft. He has a cannon of an arm, and a special ability to extend a play when the pocket falls apart. He has drawn comparisons to a young Brett Favre from many draft analysts. He comes from an offense that will take time to transition to the NFL, but if he lands in the right spot, Mahomes has the potential to be a special player. If given a year or two behind Eli, Mahomes could thrive with Odell Beckham Jr. at his disposal.
Other possible first round QBs: DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) and Mitchell Trubisky (North Carolina)
The Giants have a couple average running backs on the roster, but lack a true game-changer at the position. Watch for them to try to add an RB at some point during the draft.
Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)
McCaffery is arguably the top running back in this year’s draft. He can come in day one and do almost anything on a football field as a running back, and even as a receiver split out wide. McCaffery may be off the board before the Giants pick, but if he is there, he would be a great piece to give to Eli Manning for one last Super Bowl push.
Other possible first round RB: Dalvin Cook (Florida State)
The Giants could use a tight end to add to Eli’s targets, especially in the red zone. Additionally, with a weak offensive line, adding a tight end with both good receiving and blocking ability can likely only be done in the first round. Waiting until later in the draft for a tight end will likely lead to the selection of a more one-dimensional player.
OJ Howard (Alabama)
OJ Howard is the top TE in this year’s draft according to everyone. He can do everything a pro tight end needs to do. He can catch, he can block, he can run routes, he is big and strong and a real mismatch against safeties and linebackers. It is highly unlikely he is still on the board at 23, meaning the Giants would have to move up to get him.
David Njoku (Miami)
Njoku is a freakish athlete, compared to players like Eric Ebron and Vernon Davis for his size and skill. He has the strength to be a good blocker at the next level, and the athleticism to be a good receiver. Njoku looks the part and had a great combine. He will likely be drafted in the late first round, and may be a target for the Giants.
The Giants have question marks all over the offensive line this year. It is arguably the team’s biggest need left to address. Jerry Reese would be wise to select a lineman in the first round.
Cam Robinson (Alabama)
Many view Robinson as a right tackle in the NFL, even though he played most left tackle in college. The Giants really need to improve at tackle, with Ereck Flowers currently slated to start. Whether Robinson ends up at LT, RT or even at guard, he should represent a big upgrade in the trenches for the Giants.
Other possible offensive lineman: Garrett Bolles (Utah) and Ryan Ramcyzk (Wisconsin)
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