Over the course of the NFL offseason, the New York Giants have been a point of discussion among all NFL fan-bases. The Giants have signed many big name players, as well as drafting players who have potential to be immediate starters.
Players the Giants have signed include Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Kelvin Sheppard, Bobby Rainey, Josh Brown, Jasper Brinkley, and Anthony Dable. Out of these players, the likely starters would be Vernon, Jenkins, Harrison, Brown, and Pierre-Paul. Robinson, Brinkley and Sheppard will all have a good chance to win the starting linebacker role, but as of now, Robinson appears to be the favorite to win the job.
Based solely on the Giants free agency acquisitions, the team did a very good job in terms of obtaining players, but the amount of money they gave out is quite absurd. The team paid Jenkins $12.5M per year, Harrison $9.25M per year, Pierre-Paul $10M for this year, and Vernon $17M per year. The Giants gave out well over $200M to defensive players in free agency. Overall, the Giants overpaid, but their ability to haul in big time talents in free agency earned them a positive grade in free agency of an A-, with the best signing being Damon Harrison, the best nose tackle in the NFL.
After their big-time splashes in free agency, the Giants had a chance to back up their signings by having a successful NFL Draft, which they did. The team selected cornerback Eli Apple in the first round, which was thought to be a reach by many fans and analysts. There was a lot of talent on the board, but the Giants had the worst pass defense in the NFL in 2016 and felt as though they needed to add depth to their secondary, which is highlighted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jenkins, Landon Collins, and third-round pick Darian Thompson. In the second round, the Giants selected wide receiver Sterling Shepard. This was by far the best pick by the Giants, and one of the best picks by any team in the draft. Shepard will come in and be both a slot receiver and outside receiver, which gives the Giants a safety cushion as Victor Cruz is a concern and cannot be relied upon. In the third-round, the Giants added Thompson, a safety, who will likely win the starting job and play alongside Collins. In the fourth-round, the Giants added a linebacker in B.J. Goodson, who will have a solid chance to win a starting linebacker spot. In the fifth-round, the Giants took Paul Perkins, who was a standout running back at UCLA. In the sixth-round, the Giants selected Jerell Adams, a tight end who brings wide receiver-like catching ability. The Giants had a fantastic draft, earning themselves an A- grade.
Looking at both the NFL Draft and free agency, the Giants excelled in both, adding a ton of talent. Not only were the Giants sure to add starters to the roster, but the team also added a ton of depth. The Giants earned themselves an A- for the offseason as a whole.