They very nearly came away with a win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17, but a missed field goal handed them their 11th loss of the season. It was a nailbiter of a finish to a weird and wild game, but the Giants came up just short in a game that was both a thriller and a comedy of errors.
The upside, at least from a draft perspective, is that their latest loss has them one step closer to securing a Top 5 pick in the final draft order.
The Giants currently hold the fifth, 38th, 52nd (via Seahawks), 69th, 106th, 139th, and 182nd picks in the upcoming draft.
The Giants can’t finish with more than six wins on the year, which locks them into a Top 10 selection, and they can’t pick lower than eighth overall. On the flip side, the win by the Arizona Cardinals puts a clump of four-win teams ahead of the Giants. That could make the second overall pick a realistic possibility for the Giants.
That would mean that the Giants lose to the Eagles in Week 18, a galling thought for any Giants fan. They would also need the Washington Commanders to beat the Dallas Cowboys, the Patriots to beat the New York Jets, and the Cardinals to beat the Seahawks. A win by the Cardinals would also help boost the Giants’ second pick in the second round.
The Giants nearly completed two stunning upsets in two weeks with Tyrod Taylor under center. Taylor was unable to complete the comeback in both cases, but his play does show the potential of the Giants’ offense. The offense has proven effective when explosive plays are on the table, and defenses aren’t able to sit and play downhill against 5-yard crossing routes. Taylor’s field awareness and pocket presence also helped to mitigate the Rams’ pass rush and keep the offense moving despite pressure.
We’ve been talking about drafting a quarterback for a while, and the Giants securing a top-5 pick could allow them to do so without having to trade. This season has been an agonizing one for fans, but if the Giants are able to find a long-term upgrade at quarterback while still keeping their three Day 2 picks, it might be worth it.