To give you guys something to discuss while we wait for Thursday night’s kickoff between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, let’s talk about the 2016 NFL Draft do-over posted earlier this week by Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.
In that do-over, Brooks ended up giving left tackle Ronnie Stanley to the Giants instead of Eli Apple, who ended up going No. 13 to the Miami Dolphins. In Brooks’ do-over, Stanley fell to the Giants because the Baltimore Ravens, who took Stanley at No. 6 in the spring, took Laremy Tunsil instead.
Here is what Brooks said about the pick:
In hindsight, the Giants would love to find an upgrade at left tackle to solidify the protection around Eli Manning.
Had the draft actually played out this way, my guess is this is what the Giants would have done. Whether Stanley would have ended up at left or right tackle, I have no idea. Certainly, though, no one should be complaining about Apple. He has played exceptionally well for a rookie corner and become an integral part of one of the league’s best secondaries.
For what it’s worth, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah gives Apple a ‘B’ grade for his rookie season:
Apple has started 9 games at cornerback for the Giants and he's improving each week. He's broken up 7 passes and he's also recorded an interception. He has the size to match up with the big/physical wide receivers and enough agility to mirror the quick/undersized opponents.
Stanley got an A- from Jeremiah:
Stanley missed a few games earlier in the year, but he's been rock solid in the 10 games he's played this fall. He looks like the long-term answer at LT for the Ravens.
So, Giants’ fans given the scenario Brooks presented would you have taken Apple or Stanley?