Evaluating Giants NFL Draft Picks
After months of speculation, the NFL Draft of 2017 has come and gone. Some teams went for best available player, others tried to fill holes on the roster, while other reacted to what the other 31 teams were doing in the draft. For the New York Giants, they had needs for 2017 such as tight-end and offensive tackle and needs for 2019 such as a replacement for Eli Manning. And the theme for the 2017 draft for Jerry Reese and the Giants brass was upgrading specific positions on the roster.
Evan Engram, Tight-End, Ole Miss
With the run-on quarterbacks occurring in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft it looked like there was a chance OJ Howard would drop to 23 but Tampa Bay snatched him up. After Howard was off the board Big Blue selected Engram who has two repeated themes, match-up nightmare and versatility. Engram who is an undersized tight-end makes up for it with speed as he has a 4.42 40 yard dash. DO not be surprised if Engram lines up at tight-end, wide-receiver, and in the backfield during his time with the G-men.
Dalvin Tomlinson, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Defensive tackle became a need when Johnathan Hankins left for the Indianapolis Colts, yet Hankins replacement has already been found. Tomlinson is an extremely intelligent individual who chose Alabama over Harvard. Tomlinson had a near 4.0 GPA yet he will be paid to wreck havoc on the opposition. And in his rookie season, Tomlinson will have Damion “Snacks” Harrison on one side and Jason Pierre-Paul or Olivier Vernon on the other.
Davis Webb, Quarterback, California
Right now everyone knows Eli Manning is the quarterback of the New York Giants but will Webb be the heir to the throne? While Engram and Tomlinson will be pressed into service in week one it is currently unclear when or even if Webb will play for the Giants. It can be inferred that Webb could be the quarterback of the future and Giant head coach Ben McAdoo could groom the future Giant QB while chasing another Lombardi trophy with Eli as the signal caller.
Wayne Gallman, Running Back, Clemson
This move will impact free-agency because there were reports that free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount and the New York Giants had mutual interest. Time will tell if Blount would come to Big Blue now that Gallman has been drafted.
Avery Moss, Defensive End, Youngstown State
Moss is making headlines in New York because Moss was kicked out of Nebraska following an incident where Moss was arrested for indecent exposure. How much that arrest plagued Moss’s draft stock is unclear but he will be playing behind JPP and Vernon at defensive end in 2017.
Adam Bisnowaty, Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh
Selecting an offensive tackle in the 6th round is more telling of Ereck Flowers than anything else. Many have been calling for Flowers to be moved to right tackle but after the draft, it looks like Flowers will be at left tackle in 2017 for the New York Giants. Bisnowaty is projected to be a backup lineman during his NFL tenure.