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Mailbag: Orleans Darkwa, AAF rosters, lots of draft questions

The mail’s here!

It’s time to open up the BBV Mailbag and see what questions New York Giants fans have as we hit a down time in the cycle of NFL news. So, let’s get going.

Ed says: Michael, I’m guessing here that you are talking about offensive coordinator and not offensive center. Because, of course, free agency and the draft aren’t here yet. Fact is, head coach Pat Shurmur runs the offense. So, who the offensive coordinator is doesn’t matter all that much as long as he has a good relationship with Shurmur, can contribute some idea, can work with the quarterbacks — because that is part of the job current OC Mike Shula does — and can communicate and help teach the things Shurmur wants done.

I thought Shula might move on if he got an offer to run his own offense and call his own plays elsewhere. That hasn’t happened.

Ed says: Well, if you mean by “we” a segment of the fan base, yes. If you mean the Giants then the answer is how are we really supposed to know that? We can guess. We can talk to people to try and get some feel for the Giants intent, which those of us in the media all do. We can’t, however, know anything for certain. Mock drafters are all in on the idea of the Giants drafting Dwayne Haskins. Are Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur? They aren’t going to tell us. We won’t know the answer until the draft gets here.

Ed says: Sort of like my answer above about Haskins, how does anyone outside the Giants building right now know which draft prospects Gettleman loves and which ones he doesn’t? We can try to figure out Gettleman’s tendencies and look at his history. That’s about all. As for Devin White specifically, most mock drafts see him falling in the 10-20 range. That doesn’t mean that’s how the Giants see the player. He would probably be in the group of players the Giants might talk about if they believe he is the best linebacker on the board. So, sure, he’s an option. Probably a long shot, but an option.

Bruce Frazer asks: Several writers have offered their opinions of the Giants taking Cody Ford with the No. 6 pick given the less than stellar QB class available. Cody seems to project as a real mauler, something the Giants could really use. If Gettleman does indeed look to fix the “foundation” before looking for the next QB, what do you think about Cody as a No. 6 pick?

Ed says: I like what I see from Cody Ford quite a bit. With that said, keep in mind that there are plenty of evaluators who know more about offensive line play than I do. Most draft analysts have Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams ranked ahead of Ford. Most mocks have Ford going in the 10-20 range, though I have seen a few with Ford mocked to the Giants at No. 6. If the Giants choose to go offensive line with the sixth pick, could I see them choosing Ford over Williams? Sure. He is a natural right tackle, and he is a mountain to get around. Williams is a left tackle who would be asked to transition to the right side. If there is concern about his ability to do that, why not take the guy who already plays that spot — and does it well? So, sure, Ford would be a guy to consider at No. 6.

Ed says: Honestly, I was surprised Darkwa didn’t find work last season. He had workouts with a few teams like the Redskins, Colts, Patriots and Jaguars but never got signed. He wasn’t a great back, but he was a useful one and he was only 26 last season. Shoot, it’s not hard to make the argument that the Giants could have gotten more on-field production from Darkwa than they got from Jonathan Stewart.

There was a report that before Washington signed Adrian Peterson they offered Darkwa a one-year, veteran minimum deal that he rejected. Peterson took it. So, perhaps in the end Darkwa isn’t in the league because he overplayed his hand coming off a career year.

Ed says: The word “value” makes that one tricky. Listen, I expect the Giants to make a run at Carolina Panthers right tackle Daryl Williams. I would expect them to sift through the safety market to see if they can add a free safety without breaking the bank. I think they will look for defensive help wherever they can find it. We have begun profiling potential free agent fits, and as we get closer to free agency perhaps I might be able to get a better handle on names to watch. Right now Williams, because of the need at right tackle and his connection to Gettleman, is the name I feel good about tossing into the pot.

Ed says: AAF rosters are filled with former NFL players, many of whom I’m sure are hoping to show they deserve another shot on an NFL roster. I’m sure some of those guys will end up in NFL camps this summer and on NFL rosters this fall. As for which ones, I really couldn’t say.

Ed says: Listen, in the end I think all that should matter is that the Giants add guys they believe are good players in both areas. If it’s me, I make a run at right tackles Daryl Williams and Ju’Waun James in free agency and see if I can take care of that need. Then, I use as much of the draft as I can to add defensive talent — and some offensive line depth in the middle to late rounds if I can find it. Like I said, though, in the end what matters is addressing those areas. Not the order in which the Giants do it.

Ed says: I would have to say better than even. Probably far better than even. At this point Haskins remains the clear QB1, and since 2001 the only year in which a quarterback hasn’t gone in the top three selections was 2013 (E.J. Manuel, 16th, Buffalo Bills).

I don’t know if it will be the Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins or someone else. A quarterback-needy team, though, is going to fall in love with Haskins and move up to try and get him. In my view, that is almost a lock. Question is, will that team be the Giants?