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Best and Worst Picks from the Giants draft

The NFL draft was composed of great picks, decent picks, and bad picks. The New York Giants had their fair share of speculative choices, but they also had a few gems. 

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To start of the 2017 NFL draft, Jerry Reese opted to take Evan Engram over the likes of David Njoku or an offensive lineman. Why? Bece he envisioned a four-headed monster composed of Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Engram.

At first, I was worried about the selection. After reviewing Engram’s strengths and weaknesses, it became clear that he wasn’t drafted for blocking, but rather for exposing mismatches and opening up the middle of the field.

Reese and the Giants were never looking for a blocking tight end, they were looking for a glorified receiver.

Engram’s 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds) was faster than No. 1 receiver Odell Beckham Jr’s. (4.43 seconds). This exposes an interesting idea.

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With OBJ, Engram and Shepard being the speedsters on the roster, it will allow big bodied Brandon Marshall to exploit one-on-one matchups.

Overall, the Engram selection falls under the “great” category, as the intentions for his drafting were specific and promoted a versatile and dynamic offensive scheme.

 

In the second-round, Big Blue welcomed Alabama star defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson. This was a fantastic pick as well, simply because it fills the gaping hole Johnathan Hankins left behind in free agency.

Tomlinson is a stand-up citizen and his brains equal his brawn. With the academic credentials to have attended Harvard, Tomlinson opted for the gridiron in Alabama. Why? Well, if football wasn’t addicting you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now.

The big man will compliment Damon “Snacks” Harrison nicely in the interior. He can stuff the run and has some mobility when rushing the passer.

The New York Giants second-round selection also falls under the “great” category. 

 The third-round is where things get a little chippy.

I would have liked to see Reese go after running back D’Onta Foreman out of Texas, but instead he went after California Golden Bears QB Davis Webb.

Former Giant’s offensive lineman Shaun O’Hara was not a fan of this pick at all. He was furious at the fact Reese didn’t address the offensive line, as he thinks Eli needs to be protected consistently. And to be frank, I agree with him.

Eli has another three, if not four quality years left in him. The guy has never missed a game in his entire career, I think it’s safe to say he will be relatively healthy as long as the line holds up (knock on wood).

Webb was wildly inaccurate in college and the plan is to refine his mechanics and develop him into Eli’s potential successor.

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Ben McAdoo witnessed the transformation of Aaron Rodgers behind Brett Favre, so he knows what a few years behind a legend can do to a player.

I think that Reese could have waited a round or two and selected Nathan Peterman out of Pitt, who isn’t much better or worse than the Cal QB. The third-round pick could have been spent on a decent offensive lineman instead of waiting until the sixth-round to address the issue.

The New York Giant’s third-round pick falls under the “bad” category.

 

Moving on to the fourth-round, the Giants found their fix at running back in Wayne Gallman out of Clemson.

Nicknamed “The Train,” Gallman shined next to superstar QB Deshaun Watson. Despite losing some overall touches to the dynamic signal caller, he finished his career at Clemson with 36 overall touchdowns, 17 of which occurred in 2016. He also racked up 1,066 yards of production on the ground.

Gallman is 6 feet tall, a bit lengthy for a running back, but despite his unusual height he still plays with versatility and elusiveness.

I predicted the Giants would address the lack of a power back on the roster, but Reese found his answer in the Clemson product.

Gallman lands under the “decent” category.

 The fifth-round belonged to Youngstown States’ Avery Moss. Despite the indecent exposure charges held against him at Nebraska, his talent is undeniable.

Personally, I am not a fan of the pick. After the whole Josh Brown fiasco last season, the Giants shouldn’t be looking to bring on any players with red flags.

Although the Youngstown state product was involved in a rather explicit incident, he led the Penguins to the FCS championship game as a senior. His stats speak for themselves; in 2016, he racked up 11 sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss, with 59 overall tackles.

The man has skill, but his off the field antics land him in the “bad” category.

 

 

In the sixth-round, Big Blue finally decided to pursue an offensive lineman. But it may have been too little, too late.

Drafting Adam Bisnowaty out of Pittsburgh was not only the Giants’ last draft pick, but it was probably an unnecessary one. In a weak offensive line class, Bisnowaty clearly is at the bottom of the barrel.

Reese decided to trade away his seventh-rounder to ink the Pitt product. Will he develop into a starting caliber player? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean he can’t provide support and depth behind a rather lean offensive line.

Personally, the pick itself isn’t a bad one. Trading up to secure Bisnowaty at the expense of their seventh-round pick doesn’t mean much in the long run. Seventh-rounders rarely develop into premier players, but heck, you never know.

Bisnowaty lands in the “decent” category, simply because it was an unnecessary trade up, but still garners some love since the offensive line was addressed at some point in the draft.


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