It has finally happened. After much speculation, trades, and mocks the 2018 NFL draft has come and gone. The New York Giants after a downright disappointing 2017 season where they had a 3-13 have David Gettleman calling the shots in the 2018 draft. While this was not Gettleman’s first draft as a General Manager in the NFL there were two major themes that came across with Gettleman’s first draft with Big Blue.
Improving the Running Game
Since Ahmad Bradshaw left in free agency after the 2012 season the G-Men have not had one player rush for over 1000 yards in a season. There have been two reasons for this to occur. The first reason is the New York Giants could not find a productive running back. The second reason was an underperforming offensive line. After Big Blue’s first two picks both of these needs were addressed. First came the running back in Saquon Barkley who could be a franchise running back in an era where there are no franchise running backs. Barkley, who was born in the Bronx, has the skills to turn around the Giants ground attack if not totally reinvigorate the Giants organization
The G-Men had some luck in the 2nd round as Will Hernandez dropped out of the first round and was snatched up by the G-Men. Hernandez will be a starting guard on the offensive line in 2018 and Hernandez was a force to be reckoned with on the college level and it should continue in the NFL.
After addressing the needs on the offensive side of the ball the G-Men went after guys that would fit their new 3-4 defensive scheme. In the 3rd round, the Giants added linebacker Lorenzo Carter from Georgia. While drafted as a linebacker Carter has the speed to line up at defensive end in a 3-4.Being able to play multiple positions pops up again in the 5th round as Big Blue chose RJ McIntosh. Similar to Carter, even though McIntosh was drafted as a defensive tackle McIntosh could see time at defensive end.