The New York Giants own the 9th overall selection in Thursday night’s draft and they will seemingly have a lot of options to fill needs for their team.
Here is a look at three players who could be available that would be on the Giants mind when their time on the clock occurs:
DT Danny Shelton, Washington
Shelton is a huge 340-pound run stopper who often requires double teams. By selecting Shelton, it would allow Jon Beason and the rest of the linebackers to freely make plays, while Shelton swallows up blockers. Shelton has been compared to Detroit Lions defensive lineman Haloti Ngata. Although, he may have a similar effect in taking on blockers, he isn’t quite as athletic and may not be the playmaker that Ngata has proven to be. With veteran Cullen Jenkins aging, and with largely unproven commodities behind him, Shelton would help the Giants defensive line back to the glory days of Strahan, Umenyiora, and Tuck.
OT/OG Brandon Scherff, Iowa
Scherff is a gritty, hard-nosed lineman whom any team would covet, and the Giants need. The offensive line is a huge area that needs improvement. Eli Manning needs more time to find his weapons on the outside, and Scherff could help in that area. His versatility is helpful, as some think he can play as an NFL tackle, but most believe he will end up playing as a guard. I think he could be a tackle, but his real potential is at the guard position, where I think he could potentially resemble Baltimore Ravens all pro guard Marshall Yanda. Even though a top ten pick on a guard is a steep price, if he ends up as consistent pro bowl lineman, it will be a worthwhile selection.
DE Alvin”Bud” Dupree, Kentucky
Top pass rusher Dante Fowler,Jr. will likely be off the board at this point, and Bud Dupree makes sense for the Giants of the top remaining pass rushers. With Jason Pierre-Paul getting the franchise tag, and the possibility of him hitting free agency next year, Dupree makes sense. Dupree is a rusher, who although rather unpolished, has very good measurables and potential. According to NFL.com, he ran a 4.56 40-yard dash, with a 42” vertical jump, all at 6”4 270 lbs. He could either serve as a great replacement to JPP or could form an freakishly athletic tandem with him. If you draft Dupree, it is mostly on potential, but there have been glimpses of talent and production as well.
If Brandon Scherff is still in the green room when the Giants come on the clock, they should take him. He could really improve a struggling offensive line that needs improvement. As painful as it may be, look no further than the Dallas Cowboys last season, who proved that a strong offensive line can really make a difference on the offensive productivity of a squad. Brandon Scherff should be the pick for the New York Giants if he is available.