The 2016 New York Giants made the playoffs behind the strong play of their defensive unit. Conversely, Big Blue’s offense did have its limitations on the offensive side of the ball. While that last statement can be perplexing because the G-men have a two-time Super Bowl champion at quarterback and a pro-bowl wide receiver, yet the ground game underperformed and the Giants do not have a threat at tight end. While the running attack would most likely need, changes made on the offensive line and the backfield tight-end could be addressed in one pick. But will the Giants make that move and if Big Blue does draft a tight-end who will it be?
O.J. Howard, Alabama.
The number one tight-end on many people’s draft projections is O.J Howard. While Howard was one of the many weapons Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin used to terrorize SEC opponents one will ask if the Giants will use their first pick on Howard. The last time the Giants drafted a tight-end with their first pick was when the G-men selected Jeremy Shockey in 2002. Shockey bought a lot of bravado and extra attention during his time with the Giants but when a franchise uses their first-round pick on a tight-end and the tight-end does not become an all-pro some will feel the franchise wasted the pick. And while Howard is projected to be a solid tight-end the Giants should draft Howard if Howard can excel in Ben McAdoo’s system.
David Njoku, Miami
If Howard is not taken by the Giants with their first pick Njoku is the next best available tight-end in the draft. With Njoku, he can go anywhere from the late-first round to the second round as it currently stands. And to Jerry Reese’s credit, Reese has drafted some top talent the last three years in the second round by drafting Weston Richburg in 2014 who made the Pro-Bowl, Landon Collins who was an All-Pro in 2015 and Sterling Shepard in 2016 had a solid rookie campaign. Njoku is a balanced tight-end who is a pass catching threat and a decent blocker. And with the question marks around the Giants offensive line, a pass blocking tight-end would be a welcomed addition.
Adam Shaheen, Ashland
Shaheen is the biggest tight-end in the draft as he currently weighs 278 pounds who some think could be a monster in the NFL. The knock on Shaheen is that he played at a Division II school. While many could see impressive measurables for Shaheen it will be interesting to see if Jerry Reese will draft a player from a small school. Shaheen is supposed to go from the 2-4 round at this moment and if the Giants have not drafted a tight-end by the fourth round one would have to think Jerry Reese could stick with Will Tye and Jerrell Adams as the Big Blue tight-ends in 2017.