The New York Giants are coming off of the worst imaginable season I can recall. People were calling for them to be Super Bowl contenders, and they went 3-13. A season where we saw Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, Janoris Jenkins, amongst MANY others get hurt for the majority of the season, if not the whole year. And oh yeah, Ben McAdoo bench Eli Manning for….. Geno Smith. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong, and it left fans miserable.
On the bright side, the Giants won’t possibly be this bad next year too. The New York Giants have the number two overall pick in the draft, and have a giant amount of options.
If the Giants keep the number 2 pick:
One option, which would drive the fan base nuts, is if the Giants select Quenton Nelson. Nelson is hands down the best offensive lineman in the draft, but for a team who hasn’t had a solid running game since Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, and for a team that is running out of time with a hall-of-fame quarterback, the pick would fill a need, but in my opinion, it would be the third need. The Giants also just spent a ton of money for Nate Solder ($15+ million a year) to protect Eli Manning, so drafting another future all-pro offensive lineman seems smart. However, you can trade back, get some picks, and draft Nelson at, lets say #5. I don’t think Nelson at number two is the best move.
The next move, is drafting the best player in the draft. That man is Saquon Barkley. In my opinion, this pick makes the most sense. I don’t personally think it should be the pick, however I do think that if the Giants stay at two, this would be their pick. It makes too much sense. A new regime comes in in Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur, and they love themselves some Eli Manning. Gettleman has stated that he thinks Eli may have 2-3 years left in him, not just the one year many were believing. If this is really how the Giants feel, there should be no other move than picking Saquon Barkley. Imagine an offensive with Beckham Jr, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley. That would be dynamic. Reports insist that many believe that the Giants are leaning away from drafting a quarterback. Eli had a bad year in 2017, no one will deny that. However, there was no offensive line, all the receivers were hurt, and there was no run game. If the Giants improve all three, Eli Manning will be back to himself and could lead this team to the playoffs again. Those three things are possible. Odell, Shepard and Brandon Marshall will be healthy this year, and the Giants just signed two offensive lineman, including Nate Solder to play Left Tackle. The only thing remaining in that equation? Saquon Barkley and a running game.
The next move, which wouldn’t be surprising, is the Giants drafting the Quarterback that the Browns don’t take. This pick would depend on whether or not the Giants love one of these quarterbacks. Reports are somewhat showing that the Giants may not be in love with one of these guys, leading them to draft Barkley or trade back, but for the sake of an argument, lets say they do, because hey, only the Giants really know. The two quarterbacks I can legitimately see the Giants taking are either Josh Rosen, who it seems the Giants are high on, or Sam Darnold, who is almost certainly going to the Browns at number 1 after the Jets moved into the top 3 picks. If the Browns take Darnold, the only real option quarterback wise would be Josh Rosen, although I think Baker Mayfield is being extremely overlooked. Baker would be my dark horse quarterback at number two for the G-men. Although everything I said before leads to the idea that I think the Giants will draft Saquon Barkley, if Sam Darnold is there at number two (which I really don’t think he will), I believe the Giants would pull the trigger. Personally, I see Josh Allen being a bust, so I hope the Giants stay so far away from him. I also believe that Rosen is the better of the quarterbacks, so if the Giants snag him, I would love the pick. I said before that Barkley makes the most sense for the Giants, but didn’t necessarily think he should be the pick. I think Rosen should be the pick, but don’t necessarily think it makes the most sense based on what we have heard.
Let’s have fun for a second. Let’s talk trade.
Of course, there is the possibility the Giants trade with teams like the Broncos, Bills, or even the Cardinals. However, if the Giants do trade back, I don’t see them going all the way to 12, or 15 with the Bills and Cardinals. The Giants can get a kings ransom for the number two pick especially after the Jets moved down to 3, and will definitely take a quarterback. The Giants should, and will, make teams and GM’s believe that they’re going to take a quarterback. That is in their best interest, because by doing that, more teams will want to move up, and will be more willing to give up more. Can you imagine the offers the Giants would get from the Bills if on draft night the Browns didn’t take a quarterback. A team could have their choice of any quarterback, and it would cost a lot and that plays to the Giants benefit. These are all obvious assumptions that we won’t know much about until they happen.
On the other hand, I heard an trade offer (made up, but lets discuss for fun) on WFAN, a sports talk station in New York. The host said, if you were the Giants, would you trade Odell Beckham Jr to the Colts for Jacoby Brissett, #6 overall, and a second round pick? This would give the Giants the second, sixth, thirty-fourth, and thirty-fifth picks in the draft. Is it worth it? I don’t think the Giants would do this, nor do I think Odell is going anywhere besides the bank, but its fun to think about. That was an idea from ‘the fan’, here’s an idea from me, if the Giants pulled that off. The Giants could then trade either 2, or 6 to the bills for 12 and 22 and second and third rounder’s (and possibly a first or second next year as well). This would give the Giants either 2 or 6, and 12, 22, 34, 35, and one or two more second round picks. This is something that may be right out of fantasy land, and more than likely wont happen, but hey, is it that far fetched to be able to pull that off? (and no, I don’t personally want Odell traded, I am one of his biggest supporters.)
All in all, this is all speculation, and its all speculation by every NFL insider too, because at the end of the day, only the teams on draft night will know what’s going down.