The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and the New York Giants are going to try to fill voids on their roster to turn the Giants into a championship contender. With Johnathan Hankins signing with the Indianapolis Colts Big Blue now has a need at defense tackle along with offensive tackle and tight-end entering 2017. There is also speculation that the G-men could take a quarterback in the early rounds to have Eli Manning’s heir ready to go when Eli walks away from the game. These are projections to fill the Giants need who have the 23rd pick in the 1st round, 55th in the 2nd round and 87th in the 3rd round
Round 1: Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah
Round 2: Caleb Brantley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
Round 3: Jake Butt, Tight-End, Michigan
Drafting a tackle in the first round is nothing new for the Giants as in 2015 Ereck Flowers was the G-Men’s first pick. Yet because of Flowers ineffective play in 2016 many are calling for Flowers to move to Right Tackle. In this scenario, Bolles will come in and play Left Tackle as Flowers is moved to Right Tackle. Brantley will also be pressed into service but will benefit from playing on a defensive line that has Damion “Snacks” Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon. Butt would fit a lot of needs as he would be a blocking tight-end who also can bring versatility to the Giants offense as Butt has lined up in multiple positions in his time at Michigan.
Round 1: Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech
Round 2: Cam Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Round 3: Montravius Adams, Defensive Tackle, Auburn
This scenario is defined by a reach and a drop. The reach would be Mahomes who is one of the top 5 quarterbacks in this draft class and is projected to go in round one or two. One weary factor about Mahomes is very few quarterbacks that ran the spread offense in college have been successful running the spread offense in the NFL. Robinson who was once the number one tackle in the draft has had falling projections recently and could be available in the 2nd round when the Giants have their pick. Adams is listed as a defensive tackle but did spend some time playing defensive end at Auburn and could help fill the void left when Hankins moved on.
Round 1: David Njoku, Tight-End, Miami (FL)
Round 2: DeShone Kizer, Quarterback, Notre Dame
Round 3: Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State
This trifecta is based on if the Giants want to find the replacement to Eli Manning and miss on Patrick Mahomes. The Giants could take Njoku who is an explosive threat at tight-end but needs to fully develop his blocking technique. Kizer would be a more mobile version of quarterback than Eli Manning but Kizer can beat the opponent from the pocket along with his speed. Also, a quarterback picked in the 2nd round will be paid less than a quarterback picked in the 1st round. So why spend so much money on someone who might not see the field for 2-3 years? Johnson, on the other hand, was a highly-touted prospect who delivered in his college career. And the experience of living up to big expectations would be needed because unlike Kizer, Johson would be pressed into service immediately.