Giants Draft Board Preview

The Giants Beat takes a look at the top players on Big Blue's draft board.

The NFL Draft is just over two weeks away. With the many roster spots that need to be addressed, the NFL Draft will allow the New York Giants to fill some empty roster spots.

The Giants went on a major spending spree this offseason, adding key pieces to the defense, but costing the team well over $200M. Most notably, the Giants added Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, and ,Keenan Robinson while re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul and Jasper Brinkley.

The MIKE and SAM linebacker positions, free safety, wide receiver, right tackle, and right guard are all of the positions that need to be addressed. Along with these positions, running back and tight end don’t necessarily need to be addressed, but if there is a player who the Giants love on the board when they are picking, you can be sure they will select him.

The Giants have the tenth overall pick in the draft, giving them so many options of who to select.

Linebacker Leonard Floyd is a prospect often linked to the Giants who would be a very solid pick for the Giants. Floyd is tall, but very lean making for a slight concern. Floyd is, after Myles Jack, the most versatile linebacker in the draft. Floyd excels as an edge rusher. Floyd is also solid in pass coverage. If the Giants were to draft Floyd, he would either have to add some weight so he could play the MIKE, or Devon Kennard would have to play the MIKE so that Floyd could play the WILL.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott is a big time name in the draft. Elliott is my second rated player overall in the draft. Elliott can catch the ball, and block, while he is known to be an extraordinary rusher. Elliott would bring Giants to a whole another level.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland would be a slight reach for the Giants, but he would come in and become an immediate starter for the SAM position. Ragland is an excellent run stopper, and is able to cover tight ends in coverage.

Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanleyis an elite prospect who could fall to the Giants pick. With Ereck Flowers playing left tackle, Stanley would become the starter at the right tackle spot. Flowers and Stanley would make for a very young duo of offensive lineman who could develop into one of the leagues top offensive tackle duos.

Lastly, if the Giants were desperate enough for him, they could trade up in the draft to select my number one overall prospect Jack. Jack possesses versatility that is coveted for a linebacker. Jack is extremely quick, and is a big time playmaker. If the Giants were willing to trade up to around the number five overall pick, Myles Jack would become a bright spot for the Giants defense.

Linebacker is the likely position to be addressed via the draft, but the Giants have been known as a team to draft the best player available, not necessarily based on who they need, so truthfully, anything can happen with the tenth overall pick in this years draft.



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