After so much anticipation, the NFL Draft has come to an end. Out of their 10 picks the Giants oddly selected three corners and two defensive tackles. They spent little capital on offensive line additions, and one pick on the successor to Eli Manning.
Across the Internet, here is still little praise for the GM Dave Gettleman’s selections.
Oof. The Giants got the most attention in the entire draft by taking Duke quarterback Daniel Jonesat No. 6. He could’ve been the pick at No. 17 and even that would be a reach. But taking him at No. 6 is one of the biggest head scratchers in recent drafts.
Dexter Lawrence at No. 17 was another odd choice. He’s a good player and should make an impact. But why trade a known commodity in Damon Harrison for a fifth-round pick and then take his replacement in the first round? The Giants traded back into the first round for cornerback Deandre Baker, their best first-round pick.
Oshane Ximines is a classic Giants-style pass rusher with his ability to play standing up or with his hand down. Arguably their best value pick was Julian Love at No. 108. He has great instincts to play the nickel.
New York Giants: C+
Top needs: Quarterback, cornerback, edge rush
This class -- and really, the entire Giants rebuild -- depends on one player: quarterback Daniel Jones. If we look back in five years and Jones is leading the Giants to NFC East titles, we’ll know GM Dave Gettleman made the right call. If the Giants are still mired in mediocrity and it’s clear that Jones is not their guy, it’s unlikely that Gettleman will still have his job. This is absolutely a pick that could get a GM fired, particularly one who just traded away one of the most talented pass-catchers on the planet.
Elsewhere, New York added some good defenders in end Oshane Ximines (No. 95), the first Old Dominion player every picked in the NFL draft, and corner Julian Love (No. 108), who can play in the slot. Corey Ballentine (No. 180) is a sleeper pick, too, as the small-school corner has some tools.
Ultimately, this is about Jones and the OBJ trade. If I was a GM, I’d rather have Beckham than Lawrence and Ximines (plus Jabrill Peppers). He is a true game-changing receiver, and a guy who could have helped you better evaluate your new quarterback.
Giants fans have been griping for years that the team should find an heir for Eli Manning. And when the Giants finally do, drafting Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick, the response is, “No, not THAT guy, not with the sixth pick!” There will be plenty of time to hash out that argument and watch it quickly get old, as Jones will be heavily scrutinized from now until the day Eli finally IS dismissed. (Then, Jones will be scrutinized even more after that.) Keep in mind, fans’ and media’s reaction to the Jones pick would be more tempered if GM Dave Gettleman were a polished, diplomatic public speaker. Gettleman’s gruff, semi-patronizing tone naturally provoke rebuttals and arguments.
Because of the emphasis on blitzing, the Giants are less dependent than most teams on natural edge rushers, which is why, despite this being a rich edge-rusher draft, they didn’t take one until Oshane Ximines at the end of Round 3.
Few pundits loved the Giants’ sixth overall selection, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. A third-round talent on PFF’s final big board, Jones overcame one of the lowest-graded offensive lines in college football this past season to earn an 81.9 overall grade, but accuracy concerns ultimately kept him low on our board.
Nose tackles of 340-plus pounds are going the way of the Dodo in the NFL, but Lawrence is a pretty ridiculous athlete for his size. He’s a better pass-rusher than his size may suggest, earning the 12th-best pass-rushing grade among qualifiers a year ago, but he still landed at just No. 32 on PFF’s board largely because he doesn’t have the pass-rushing talent that NFL defensive linemen need to succeed in today’s NFL.
New York’s trade back into the first round cost the team picks Nos. 37, 132 and 142, but they were resources well spent given the value they received in former Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker. A standout in the SEC, Baker earned high grades all throughout his career with the Bulldogs, ranked No. 16 overall on our board, and he is a favorite of longtime PFF analyst Gordon McGuinness.
Old Dominion edge defender Oshane Ximines earned a 90.2 overall grade and a 91.7 pass-rush grade in 2018, ranking tied for seventh and third, respectively, among FBS edge defenders entering the 2019 NFL Draft with 400-plus defensive snaps played.
Former Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love’s 21 forced incompletions were the sixth-most in college football last season and his 14 coverage stops ranked 10th. He finished the pre-draft process ranked No. 45 in the class overall.
Washburn cornerback Corey Ballentine turned heads with his level of play at the Senior Bowl. He had the fifth-best win rate among all corners in the one-on-ones in Mobile. He ranked 162nd on PFF’s final board.
Day 1 grade: B
Day 2 grade: B
Day 3 grade: C+
Overall grade: B
Draft analysis: I mentioned Jones as a sensible replacement for Eli Manning back in November. The QB possesses a lot of positive traits, and it was time for the Giants to find a successor for Manning. However, many people do not believe Jones is an elite prospect, so the value of the pick will be questioned until he proves otherwise. They received an extra first-rounder in the trade of Odell Beckham to the Browns, and they selected Lawrence, a massive defensive tackle, with the pick. If he shows the ability to push the pocket as well as provide a wall inside, he’ll be a major success. GM David Gettleman moved back into Round 1 to pick Baker, the top prospect at a position of need, giving up two Saturday picks (which they had a lot of) in the deal.
New York Giants: D-
They wound up with three first-round picks for the first time in franchise history ... and it sure felt like ever-salty GM Dave Gettleman reached on every one of them — most notably Duke QB Daniel Jones at No. 6. CB Deandre Baker cost a second, fourth and fifth rounder. And, perhaps worst of all, DT Dexter Lawrence basically takes the roster spot of Odell Beckham Jr. Only the benefit of the doubt precludes an F for Gettleman and Co.