The makeover of the New York Giants roster isn’t complete, but much has been accomplished with the trade for linebacker Alec Ogletree and last week’s free agency signings. What is left for the Giants to do before the 2018 NFL Draft? Let’s take a look.
Gotta clear some cap space
Don’t they? Over The Cap estimates the Giants at $5.225 million under the cap. That’s not even enough to sign their rookie class, as OTC estimates the Giants will need roughly $9 million to do that.
Eventually, the Giants have to part ways with a few veteran players to open up some cap space.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall ($5.156 million in cap savings) and Dwayne Harris ($2.45 million savings) figure to be dropped eventually. Why they haven’t already can only be speculated upon. Most likely, the Giants are waiting until both can pass physicals so they aren’t on the hook for an injury settlement.
Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong ($1.237 million) savings figures to go. Guard John Jerry ($2.525 million savings now, $3.325 million if designated a post-June 1 cut) would also seem a solid candidate to be released.
There are still good players out there
The major part of free agency is over. There is no point in waiting breathlessly for news, or refreshing Twitter every 30 seconds to make sure you didn’t miss the latest major move.
Still, there are good players to be had.
One of those is former Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, tossed back into the free agency pool by the Indianapolis Colts. I have already gone on record, though, saying I don’t see a Hankins-Giants reunion in the cards.
What I can see is the Giants continuing to look for help in the secondary. They added Curtis Riley and Teddy Williams, but those are guys who will compete for spots at the bottom of the roster. They are not difference-makers.
There are, however, still some good defensive backs out there. Considering their current lack of depth it would hardly be a surprise to see the Giants continue to look for a match here.
Cornerback — E.J. Gaines, Orlando Scandrick, Delvin Breaux, and Bashaud Breeland are still looking for homes. Someone like Robert McClain, who started nine games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, might be a low-cost option.
Safety — Morgan Burnett, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid, and Tre Boston are available.
Wide receiver and both lines are also places where, I believe, we still might see the Giants look for veteran depth.
More quarterbacks to look at ... that Barkley guy, too
The Giants have already seen the Pro Days of quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Josh Rosen (UCLA). This will be another big week in obtaining information about the top quarterbacka in the 2018 NFL Draft class.
Sam Darnold, who did not throw at the NFL Combine, will do so Wednesday, March 21 at the USC Pro Day. Josh Allen of Wyoming will throw at the Wyoming Pro Day Friday, March 23. The Giants figure to have heavy interest in both of those events.
Penn State will hold its Pro Day Tuesday, March 26. That will be another chance for Saquon Barkley to shine. Guard Quenton Nelson gets his turn Thursday at the Notre Dame Pro Day. Both are considerations for the Giants with the second overall pick.