There's a bit of irony in calling it a football "season" these days. It's a year-round event, and the draft is the crescendo of the offseason. We spend hours upon hours pouring into draftniks notes and mock drafts, all pretending to know how a bunch of 19-22 year olds will fare in the NFL. I'm very happy to be writing a fantasy article about the draft, because grading the REAL NFL Draft can't truly be done until 2017-2018. But since the Giants didn't draft ANY skill position players early on, I will happily attempt to predict the fantasy implications of New York's draft!
Let's start by taking a look at the Giants draft selections:
9. Miami OT Ereck Flowers
33. Alabama SS Landon Collins
74. UCLA DE Owa Odighizuwa
144. Texas S Mykkele Thompson
186. Connecticut WR Geremy Davis
226. Florida State OT Bobby Hart
To me, the biggest wild card is first-round pick, Ereck Flowers of "DA U." Flowers is considered a project in some circles, but he obviously has the physical tools to play Tackle in the NFL. Namely, he is MASSIVE. And STRONG. Considering his arms are about as long as I am tall, and he did 37 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the Combine ... STRONG. I like the idea of him slotting into RT and bumping Justin Pugh into RG, which gives Will Beatty one more year to put up or shut up. From a fantasy perspective, anything that keeps Eli Manning off the turf is a plus. The Giants passing game looked revitalized last year, and not just because of Odell Beckham Jr. Ben MacAdoo's scheme seems to fit Eli, and a stronger offensive line can only help that cause. Let's be honest here, though; any first-round pick following ODB is going to look pretty boring/disappointing.
I will openly admit that I haven't owned the Giants DST in fantasy in a long time. The vaunted pass rush from the Super Bowel years is a distant memory, and the Giants have been notably gashed against the run. Arguably our best play maker in the secondary, Stevie Brown, is now a Houston Texan. Enter Landon Collins. Built more like a linebacker than a safety, some are worried that he won't be able to cover NFL wide receivers. His 4.55 40-yard dash at the Alabama pro day should quell those concerns. He was also the leader of the Crimson Tide's perennially staunch defense for three years. The Giants needed a "tone setter" in the secondary, and that's exactly what they got.
OWAAAAAAA!!! That is what I texted all of my Montauk buddies when the third-round pick was announced. I now live in Carlsbad, CA., so I'm forced to listen to local San Diego and LA radio shows. UCLA is covered ad nauseam down here, so I know all about the Giants new defensive end.
1. He is known only as OWA.
2. He is eats QBs and RBs for breakfast.
3. He is known only as OWA.
Kidding aside, I LOVE THIS PICK!! Like Collins, Owa is a mature leader on the football field. Also like Collins, he was routinely mocked higher in the draft than where he was actually selected. I believe the Giants got great value in these picks, and that these rookies immediately pay dividends for the Giants defense in 2015. For fantasy purposes, I believe the Giants may enter back into top 10-15 weekly DST choices, which makes them worth owning.