Entering Week 15, things were looking so good for the New York Giants, but that all changed when they crashed back to reality with a 17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
After their embarrassing loss, the Giants hold the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
The week before the game against the Titans, the Giants’ coaching staff was adamant that their 4-1 stretch following the bye week was not a mirage, that the team wasn’t feasting on poor or hamstrung opponents. But facing an opponent in the playoff hunt with a franchise quarterback, the Giants looked like the team that started the season 1-7, if not worse.
The Titans revealed just how many needs still remain on the Giants roster heading into the 2019 off season. Fortunately, the loss they handed the Giants moves them up the draft order to help address those needs.
The Giants are currently one of five teams with a 5-9 record, with tiebreakers slotting them in at No. 8 overall.
Current draft order
- Arizona Cardinals (3-11, .522)
- Oakland Raiders (3-11, .562)
- New York Jets (4-10, .502)
- San Francisco 49ers (4-10, .504)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10, .551)
- Atlanta Falcons (5-9, .493)
- Detroit Lions (5-9, .498)
- New York Giants (5-9, 0.518)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9, 0.518)
- Buffalo Bills (5-9, 0.522)
The future of the Giants’ quarterback position remains a question, but it also remains one that might not get answered this offseason. The Giants current draft slot could put them in position to select a premium EDGE or secondary player. Both of those positions are necessities, particularly if the Giants elect to move on from Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, or both. It could also put Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams into play. Williams is generally regarded as the top offensive lineman in the draft, and he has excelled at both right and left tackle. However, he also falls outside of Dave Gettleman’s usual baselines for offensive line size.
With the Giants’ hopes of playing in the post season well and truly gone, we are free to concentrate on the draft, and the Giants should be selecting in a spot with some intriguing options.