When the New York Giants’ lost 25-22 to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, they also lost the last glimmer of hope for playing meaningful football at the end of the 2018 season. They aren’t mathematically eliminated from contention yet, but for all intents and purposes, their season is done.
However, with their loss, they have kept their chances of having a top-5 draft selection alive for another week.
After winning two games following their bye week, the Giants slipped from the first overall pick down to the fifth pick in the draft — where they remain after their latest loss. Going into Week 12, ESPN’s Football Power Index projected the Giants to have either the seventh or eighth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft (as of this writing, it has yet to be updated).
It is far too early yet to speculate which player, or players, the Giants could be targeting in the draft. It does seem highly likely that they will land somewhere in the top 10, with a solid chance at finishing with a top-5 pick.