When the New York Giants beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38-35 they not only went on their first winning streak since 2016 and renewed their relevance in the NFC East, but also impacted their draft position.
The Giants came in to the second half of their season with the first overall selection in the 2019 NFL draft. After winning a pair of games against the Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers, the Giants are now down to fifth overall.
2019 NFL Draft Order
ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Giants just a 1 percent chance to finish the season with the number one overall pick. They also give them a 32 percent chance to keep a top-5 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
As of now, looking at the teams likely to be picking in the top of the draft, and simulating the outcome of the season 10,000 times, ESPN is projecting the Giants to be picking seventh overall, with an average draft position of 7.5.
Looking at the likely big board, it seems unlikely that the Giants would have a chance at EDGE Nick Bosa, DT’s Ed Oliver and Quinnen Williams, or the top quarterback — be it Justin Herbert or Daniel Jones.
They could still have an opportunity at one of those players if they stay in the top five, but if they slip to seventh or eighth overall, there is another group of players who’s names it will be good to know.
- Jonah Williams (OT, Alabama)
- Clelin Ferrell (EDGE, Clemson)
- Jeffery Simmons (DT, Mississippi State),
- Raekwon Davis (DT, Alabama)
- Greedy Williams (CB, LSU)
- Dionte Thompson (S, Alabama)
- Josh Allen (EDGE/OLB, Kentucky)
There is still a lot of football left to play, and the entire draft process left to go before draft night itself gets here. Depending on how which players declare, how the remainder of the season unfolds, and how the picks ahead of the Giants shake out, the Giants could have a number of potentially elite players from whom they can pick. The good news is that barring a surprise sprint into the playoffs, we won’t have long to wait until the Giants make their pick on the night of April 25th.