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New York Giants depth chart: What was the draft’s impact?

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Let’s look at how things have changed after the Giants made six picks in the 2018 NFL Draft

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What potential impact did the 2018 NFL Draft have on the lineup for the New York Giants? Let’s look at an official depth chart and see what we can learn.

Offense

Position First Team Second Team Third Team
Position First Team Second Team Third Team
LT Nate Solder Chad Wheeler
LG Will Hernandez John Greco
C Jon Halapio Evan Brown
RG Patrick Omameh Spencer Pulley
RT Ereck Flowers Chad Wheeler
TE Evan Engram Scott Simonson
TE Rhett Ellison Scott Simonson
QB Eli Manning Alex Tanney, Kyle Lauletta
WR Sterling Shepard Cody Latimer Kaelin Clay
WR Odell Beckham Jr. Russell Shepard
RB Saquon Barkley Wayne Gallman Jonathan Stewart
FB Shane Smith

I put Davis Webb as No. 2 and rookie Kyle Lauletta as No. 3 because that’s how I believe they will start out. It will, however, be an open competition. Having been drafted by Pat Shurmur and Dave Gettleman might give Lauletta an advantage.

The running back depth chart is probably bad news for Paul Perkins.

Looking at the offensive line, I have two thoughts. I wonder how long before John Jerry is released. Also, if Ereck Flowers is not going to be on the team — and right now we have no idea — will the Giants look to add a veteran tackle to compete with Chad Wheeler?

At wide receiver, are the Giants really set with what they have? And no, that is not an endorsement of bringing in Dez Bryant. Or, un-retiring Victor Cruz.

Defense

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD
POS FIRST SECOND THIRD
DL B.J. Hill Kerry Wynn
DL Damon Harrison Mario Edwards John Jenkins
DL Dalvin Tomlinson Mario Edwards
SAM Kareem Martin Connor Barwin
ILB B.J. Goodson Tae Davis
$LB Alec Ogletree Ray-Ray Armstrong
WILL Olivier Vernon Lorenzo Carter
LCB Eli Apple Donte Deayon Antonio Hamilton
RCB Janoris Jenkins B.W. Webb Michael Jordan
SS Landon Collins Michael Thomas
FS Curtis Riley Sean Chandler Kamrin Moore

Please, do not worry about where I have listed the various linebackers. Or, for that matter, the defensive linemen. It’s a guestimation which just shows more or less where there are still issues.

The position on the defense that bothers me the most? Cornerback. The Giants are putting an awful lot of trust in a player who hasn’t proven he deserves it, Eli Apple.

Special Teams

POS FIRST SECOND THIRD
POS FIRST SECOND THIRD
P Riley Dixon
K Aldrick Rosas
H Riley Dixon
LS Zak DeOssie
KR Cody Latimer Kaelin Clay
PR Kaelin Clay Odell Beckham Jr. Sterling Shepard

I put Saquon Barkley as the kickoff returner because, right now, I don’t know what else to do. I have no idea who will end up returning punts.

The other thing is, I have to believe Aldrick Rosas will get competition from a veteran placekicker at some point.