It sounds like Jarrad Davis is the Giants' top realistic prospect. They've needed linebacker help for a very long time, and Davis is a tremendous team leader who has top-five intangibles. There's a decent chance he's gone by No. 23, but if he's available, the Giants could snatch him off the board.
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1. Garett Bolles, OT - The Giants have expressed disdain for the offensive linemen in this class, but if there's one exception, it's Garett Bolles.
2. Zach Cunningham, LB - I've had Cunningham slotted here for a while. I think he's the favorite if Bolles is off the board.
Pick change; previously Garett Bolles, OT
Rd. 2, Pk. 23
Davis Webb, QB, California
When the Giants were scouting quarterbacks earlier in the offseason, I believe it might have been practice for next offseason. In the wake of Eli Manning's memorabilia scandal, New York could change its mind and select a signal-caller earlier than it intended to.
Rd. 3, Pk. 23
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
The Giants could look into adding a running back during the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft. Samaje Perine seems like a perfect complement for Paul Perkins.
Rd. 4, Pk. 33
Zach Banner, G/OT, USC
The Giants are still looking to add an interior offensive lineman, as evidenced by their interest in Nick Mangold. Here's an alternative solution.
Rd. 5, Pk. 23
Zane Gonzalez, K, Arizona State
The Giants currently don't have a viable kicker on their roster, so this is an option on Day 3. I'd wager a little that they'd consider Zane Gonzalez.
Rd. 6, Pk. 23
Cole Hikutini, TE, Louisville
The Giants could select a tight end much earlier than this, given their major need at the position. Better late than never, I guess.
Rd. 7, Pk. 23
Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
Victor Cruz is gone, so the Giants could select a receiver a few rounds earlier than this.
The Giants wanted Jack Conklin last year, and he didn't make it to their pick. I think the same thing could happen this year with Garett Bolles. If Bolles is off the board, I think the Giants could look to upgrade their linebackers with a player like Reddick, Jarrad Davis or Zach Cunningham.
I've surveyed sources at teams, and they believe that Reddick will go somewhere in the first round. I personally am skeptical that he should go in Round 1 because he has a grand total of three practices and an exhibition game at his NFL position. I also agree with some scouting sources who believe it is a lot easier to transition by moving closer to the line of scrimmage rather than backing off of it. The position change is why some teams gave Reddick mid-round grades. Still, Reddick has a lot of teams that like him, so he should go in the first round.
Reddick (6-1, 237) was an edge rusher in college who has to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. He showed that he can make that switch at the Senior Bowl as he flew around the field and was constantly around the ball. Still, sources with teams say that Reddick is a real project for the NFL and will take time to develop at linebacker considering he has no game experience there. In 2016, Reddick totaled 65 tackles with 22.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up. He was an excellent edge rusher, yet there were times where he got destroyed in the ground game.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
The Giants could use more talent at tight end. Jerry Reese likes freak athletes, and Engram's 4.4 speed as a tight end could be dynamic in New York's offense.
Engram is a dangerous receiving weapon. The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder is a fast, athletic tight end who can hurt defenses vertically. He has the speed to get separation and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Engram needs to add weight for the next level and get better as a drive blocker, but he already shows good intelligence and effectiveness with cut blocks at the right spot. Engram has a good attitude and tries hard as a blocker.
Engram amassed 65 receptions for 926 yards and eight scores in 2016. Against Florida State and Alabama, he showed that he is a dynamic receiving tight end for the NFL in the mold of Jordan Reed. Engram totaled 120 yards on nine receptions with a touchdown against the Seminoles and nine catches for 138 yards and a score versus the Crimson Tide.
Engram had a slow 2015 with only 38 receptions for 464 yards and two touchdowns. In his first two years, he was excellent for Ole Miss. Engram caught 38 passes for 662 yards with two touchdowns in 2014. He was a dangerous receiving threat who carved up Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State that season. As a true freshman, he caught 21 passes for 268 yards with three touchdowns.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Caleb Brantley, DT/NT, Florida
The Giants could use an interior defender after losing Johnathan Hankins in free agency. Brantley could be a steal.
Brantley totaled 31 tackles with 9.5 for a loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2016. He was very disruptive with his quickness at the point of attack and was superb against Tennessee and Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 307-pounder used his agility to fire through his gap and routinely achieved penetration into the backfield. He is a dangerous interior pass-rusher.
Brantley flashed a lot of disruption at the point of attack as a redshirt sophomore in 2015. He totaled 29 tackles with 6.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks that season. While 6.5 isn't a huge sack total, it is a quality number for an interior defender, and Brantley showed the potential to be a three-down defender in the NFL.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
The Giants get some offensive line competition.
Johnson (6-7, 298) has athletic potential, but he needs a lot of work. He lacks strength and doesn't generate any push in the ground game. Johnson ties up his blocker, but is not a force at the point of attack to push a defender out of their gap. In pass protection, Johnson has the athleticism to protect against speed rushers, but he is weak at blocking inside moves and gets bull rushed too easily. Even undersized speed rushers have success when bull rushing him. Johnson is a finesse player who needs development, but he has natural size and athletic ability to work with.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan
The Giants grab a linebacker to compete.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Joe Yearby, RB, Miami
The Giants could use a speed back to pair with a more physical runner.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Rashaad Coward, DT, Old Dominion
The Giants grab some interior defensive line depth and hosted Coward on a visit.
The Giants could use a difference-maker at tight end. Jerry Reese also favors drafting freak athletes, and Njoku definitely fits that description. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Njoku is a freak athlete who has size, athleticism and excellent speed. The junior recorded 43 receptions for 698 yards with eight touchdowns in 2016 despite Miami not using him as much as it should have. Sources have said that the coaching staff loved tight end Chris Herndon as a worker and teammate so they tried to reward him by splitting targets his direction. The underachieving play of Brad Kaaya also hurt Njoku's production with the quarterback's propensity to watch the pass rush and take sacks.<br> <br>
According to team contacts, Njoku was torn on whether to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The main reason he would have returned to Miami was to help his younger brother make the transition as he joins the Hurricanes program in 2017. However after the last regular-season game, Njoku posed for a photo with the senior class and took grass from the field as a keepsake. That suggested the junior was leaning toward entering the 2017 NFL Draft before his actual declaration.
New York could use a tackle to bookend with Ereck Flowers. The Giants wanted Jack Conklin last year, and they would be somewhat fortunate if one of the top-three tackles makes it to their pick. <br> <br>
Ramczyk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. In 2013 and 2014, he was the starting left tackle at UW-Stevens Point where he earned a lot of accolades before sitting out the 2015 season with a redshirt after transferring to Wisconsin. Ramczyk was one of the better left tackles in college football during 2016. <br> <br>
Ramczyk (6-6, 310) has a lot of good qualities that could lead to him being a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well. On some plays, Ramczyk can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves, but that will change as he gains more experience. Ramczyk also needs to add more strength. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out though, and he should get stronger in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
New York could use a tackle to book end with Ereck Flowers. The Giants wanted Jack Conklin last year, and they would be somewhat fortunate if one of the top-three tackles makes it to their pick. In this case, two are available. The Giants have hosted Bolles and Ramczyk, but Bolles is more of the freaky athletic type that Jerry Reese likes to draft.<br> <br>
In his one season at Utah, Bolles (6-5, 297) showed that he is really talented with quick feet and athleticism on the edge. He also is tough in the ground game and plays with a physical mean streak. Bolles had a rough upbringing and some off-the-field issues, but teams say he interviewed well at the combine and they feel he has matured. Bolles will need to work on pass protection for NFL speed rushers. He will also be significantly older than most rookies as he turns 25 a few weeks after the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Giants have had a glaring hole at tight end ever since Martellus Bennett signed with the Bears a few years back and Larry Donnell was not resigned earlier this year. Pairing a tight end with the special talent OJ Howard has with Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard could be just the type of offense that could have the G men back in the Super Bowl. There has been a lot of talk of O.J. Howard possibly being in the top ten however there were too many games at Alabama where he disappeared at times to warrant a top 10 selection.
Trade: Giants give the Redskins their 23rd overall and 87th overall pick for the Redskins 17th overall pick and 209th pick.
This was a toss-up pick between Zach Cunningham and Miamis David Njouku. But I chose Cunningham because I think if this pick does indeed come as a toss-up between Njouku and Cunningham I think the Giants would be smart to go with Cunningham. Because the need for linebacker for the Giants is very desperate. I think they can survive with Donnell as their main TE for another year. Another year with Kelvin Sheppard, or B.J. Goodson as their starting ILB? Yeah no thanks. This may very well be the worst linebacker core in the NFL, and by drafting Cunningham this team bolsters this position group that desperately needs a boost. Cunningham is an elite sideline-sideline ILB that will start from day one for the Giants.
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Rd. 1, Pk. 23
Evan Engram, TE
This seems like a bit of a reach, especially with David Njoku still available. It's not an egregious reach though, so I won't grade this selection too poorly. I think a C+ is about right, as Engram fills a big need at tight end and also provides the declining Eli Manning with an intermediate mismatch weapon. At the very worst, Engram can sell some of his memorabilia at Eli's store. In all seriousness, this is an OK pick, but with better players available, the Giants should have moved down a bit. They probably could've gotten Engram (or Njoku) a bit later.
Rd. 2, Pk. 23
Dalvin Tomlinson, DT/NT
I had Dalvin Tomlinson in the third round, so I think this is a little bit early for the Alabama product. Tomlinson definitely fills a need, as New York had to replace Johnathan Hankins. However, I think they could've taken a better player and filled their linebacker need by selecting Zach Cunningham. It's odd that the Giants have passed on him twice.
Rd. 3, Pk. 23
Davis Webb, QB
I mocked Davis Webb to the Giants in the second round, so I obviously love this value. Webb should've gone earlier than this, as he actually has more upside than Jared Goff. He's a lot like Goff in that he needs to work on the mental part of his game, but he has a great arm. The difference could be that Webb is more serious about being a pro. If so, he might be able to replace the declining memorabilia salesman the Giants currently have at quarterback.
Rd. 4, Pk. 33
Wayne Gallman, RB
Wayne Gallman made his debut in my mock draft as a second-round pick for the Giants back in September. He has fallen steadily since, and he ended as a fifth-rounder. Gallman catches the ball well, but doesn't really have any other positive attributes. He really needs to improve his pass-protection skills to get on the field.
Rd. 5, Pk. 23
Avery Moss, DE/OLB
As mentioned before, I'm not going to give out Millen grades in the fifth round, so the Giants are spared. It makes sense that they added an edge rusher, but Avery Moss was kicked out of Nebraska and also tested poorly in pre-draft workouts. I don't know what the upside is with this pick.
Rd. 6, Pk. 16
Adam Bisnowaty, OT
Adam Bisnowaty has a wrestling background, which some teams like in their linemen. Unfortunately, Bisnowaty lacks any sort of athleticism, so he may have to move to guard. Still, Bisnowaty is a smart, powerful lineman, and I thought he would go a round earlier than this. I like this pick, as Bisnowaty potentially fills a need at guard.