NFL Draft analysts have grilled the Giants for their questionable draft strategy. Now that the dust has settled from last weekend, NFL writers and analysts took the time to reassess the quality of all 32 teams and how they compare competitively.
The consensus for the New York Giants is that they are wallowing in the bottom third of the league. Here is how the experts think the Giants stack up:
It’s one thing to inject premier talent into a roster; it’s entirely different to drop three first-round picks on your roster in a single night. Let’s put the Daniel Jones/ Eli Manning quarterback docudrama to the side for a moment, as I don’t think the selection of Jones at No. 6 overall will actually impact this season all that much right now. New York’s defense allowed a river of points to flow to the other teams on the schedule last year. Well, it looks like they dammed it up this year. Doubtful the Giants give up 412 again with the additions of DT Dexter Lawrence (No. 17 overall) and CB Deandre Baker (No. 30 overall). Some in the Twitter gallery might not have liked GM Dave Gettleman moving up to get Baker. OK, but what good is owning draft capital if you aren’t gonna use it? Still better than the Redskins, for now.
Maybe they’re able to channel all of this post-draft angst into motivational fuel. Or, maybe, this isn’t a very good football team.
If anyone out there understands what the New York Giants are doing this offseason, do the rest of us a favor and clue us in.
There has essentially been one move the Giants have made that made some sense: flipping edge-rusher Olivier Vernon to Cleveland for guard Kevin Zeitler. Even that badly needed help on the O-line came at a high price.
Outside of that? The Giants sold arguably the NFL’s best receiver in the NFL in Odell Beckham Jr. for 40 cents on the dollar and then used the 17th overall pick obtained in that deal to draft a nose tackle. With the sixth overall pick, New York took a quarterback (Daniel Jones of Duke) who probably would have been there at 17. It was a pick one AFC executive called “inexcusable” while speaking with B/R’s Mike Freeman.
The 2018 season was a 5-11 disaster for the Giants. But if the months that have passed since are any indication, the worst is yet to come.