Yes, it has come to this. The New York Giants have nine games to play, but their 2017 NFL season is over. It’s time to begin wondering what the Giants will look like in 2018. If the 2018 NFL Draft were held today, the 1-6 Giants would have the third overall pick.
The Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers are both 0-7, with the Browns currently owning the top pick based on strength of schedule. The Giants play in San Francisco Week 10. Without doubt, there will be fans of both franchises hoping their team doesn’t win that game.
The Giants certainly appear to be spiraling toward a top five pick in the upcoming draft. There may be winnable games for the Giants on their remaining schedule, but probably none they will be favored to win. The Giants haven’t picked in the top five since they selected Philip Rivers fourth overall in 2004 and traded him for Eli Manning.
How will the Giants use their pick, wherever it lands? Will GM Jerry Reese be the guy making the choice? Will Ben McAdoo be the guy coaching whoever that player turns out to be?
Those are all topics we can spend months debating — and probably will. Because little that we see on the field over the final nine games, other than some possible player development, will really be all that important.