Everyone talks about moving Ereck Flowers to right tackle, but that's just a narrative driven by the media. The Giants want to keep giving Flowers a shot on the blind side, so they'd be more than happy to find a right tackle early in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jack Conklin would make a ton of sense, and there's growing buzz that he'll end up being a top-10 selection.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB - It sounds like Floyd is New York's No. 1 target, but I don't have him being available.
2. Laquon Treadwell, WR (trade down) - Tony Pauline discussed the idea of the Giants moving down and acquiring Treadwell in the process. Taking Treadwell at No. 10 would be a reach, however.
Rd. 2, Pk. 9
Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT/3-4DE, Florida
The Giants addressed their offensive line in the first round. They can work on the other side of the trenches here, as they need an interior pass-rusher.
Rd. 3, Pk. 8
Rashard Robinson, CB, LSU
The Giants spent big money on Janoris Jenkins, but they still lack proper cornerback depth, which has become more important over the years.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
Tom Coughlin figured out that going with a rotation of Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen worked best, but it was already too late. It's hard to count on Jennings for the long term, however, so here's a potential running back of the future.
Rd. 5, Pk. 10
Daniel Braverman, WR, Western Michigan
The Giants are searching for any sort of impactful wideout, as they need a No. 2 receiver to start across from Odell Beckham Jr.
For years, the Giants have needed a play-making linebacker, but general manager Jerry Reese has favored drafting for offense. Plus, I've heard from league sources that the Giants aren't considering Jack. New York has taken an offensive player in the first round for the last four years with a preference toward the line. With Will Beatty having been cut, Conklin could fill the hole at right tackle and form a quality tackle tandem with Ereck Flowers.
Conklin is a well-balanced blocker who is effective at protecting the passer and opening holes in the ground game. He turned in impressive back-to-back seasons as the blind-side protector for Connor Cook. Conklin is short of elite traits in terms of athleticism and speed to be viewed as a franchise left tackle.
The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Conklin could use a little more power for the next level, but he should add that in an NFL strength and conditioning program. He probably isn't going to become more quick or athletic though. In speaking with sources from multiple teams, they feel that Conklin would be better off as a right tackle in the NFL. They say a team could get away with him at left tackle, but ultimately would be looking for an upgrade who is more athletic.
Rd. 2, Pk. 9
Kyler Fackrell, OLB, Utah State
The Giants need to improve their linebacker play and Fackrell could play outside or inside.
In 2015, Fackrell had 82 tackles with 15 for a loss and four sacks. At the beginning of the 2014 season, he went out with a torn ACL. Fackrell had a quality sophomore season - in 2013 - with 13 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, five sacks, 82 tackles, one interception and a pass broken up. Perhaps his best year may have come as a freshman when he totaled 87 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, three sacks, three interceptions, three passes broken up and two forced fumbles. Fackrell (6-4, 244) has a versatile skill set.
Pick change; previously Le'Raven Clark, OT
Rd. 3, Pk. 11
Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
The Giants need a safety to pair with Landon Collins.
Cash totaled 101 tackles with 18 for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and four passes broken up in 2015. He recorded 111 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, four forced fumbles and two interceptions the year before.
While Cash (6-0, 212) was a solid defender for the Blue Devils, he could use work on his man coverage for the NFL. He had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl showing instincts, zone-coverage skills and run defense.
Rd. 4, Pk. 11
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia
The Giants grab some wide receiver talent in case Victor Cruz doesn't return to his previous form.
Mitchell (5-11, 198) had an electric 40 time at the combine (4.45) and also worked out as a defensive back. The senior totaled 58 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. Injuries robbed him of the 2013 season and part of the 2014 campaign. Otherwise, he might be a second-day pick.
Rd. 5, Pk. 10
Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia
The Giants could use more play-making competition at running back, plus Marshall has talent. He illustrated that at the combine, and he could be a third-day steal if he can stay healthy.
The Giants honestly must be pretty disappointed with the board the way it fell here. Hargreaves and Elliott are likely the top two options for the giants in this range and they both just came off the board. Ronnie Stanley however I not a bad consolation prize. Typically referred to as a “dancing bear” he’s got prototypical size with long arms and great movement skills. Great hands and great feet he hardly ever gets beat around the edge due to his next level quickness and agility. His biggest concerns are his power/strength and the apparent questions about his commitment and passion for the sport. He can definitely get beat with power rushers and bull-rush moves but an NFL weight room regimen should hopefully fix that. Drafting him for the Giants would shore up the tackle spots as him and Ereck Flowers could form a formidable tandem for years (along with rising star Weston Richburg in the pivot and Justin Pugh at one of the guard spots) and help hopefully prolong the aging, but fantastic Eli Manning as his career begins to wind down. This pick and the Tampa pick also seem to be likely trade down options for a team looking to grab one of the Offensive Tackles still left, Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin (Tennessee you hear that? Pick up your phone). In fact, I’m willing to bet that one of these picks is more likely to be traded than the odds of both of them staying put.
What a spending spree the Giants went on this offseason, signing Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon “Snacks” Harrison to improve their defensive issues. The team will likely be improved in 2016, but they still need offensive line help and Conklin is the best player on the board.
The Giants reportedly are very interested in one of the top three offensive tackles in this draft, so they will select one to close out the top 10. Conklin has a lot of upside as he could develop into a left tackle at the next level and should be at least a solid interior lineman. He’ll be a great right tackle for the Giants and Eli Manning will be thankful to have him around.
The Giants got their guy. New York made a big splash in free agency with the desperate signings of Snacks Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, and Oliver Vernon now they will look to address the offensive side and take the best RB in the draft.
Scouting report: Elite combination of vision and decisiveness. Instinctive, short strider with instant reaction time. Has a bona fide jump-cut to elude penetration in the backfield and enough burst to elude chasers when he bounces runs to the outside. Able to change directions with no hesitation or wasted motion and is always headed forward. Has innate feel for developing blocks in space and is excellent at setting his blocks up and accelerating from behind them when the linebacker is trapped. When it's gridlocked inside, finds yards on his own. Rocked up physique but still maintains loose hips for agility. Exceptional balance through contact and takes tacklers for a ride. Has a "come at me, bro!" mentality as a runner. Loves to end runs on his physical terms. Uses lead shoulder as a weapon, but plays with outstanding ball security. Looks to absolutely bludgeon defenders as a lead blocker and is often successful. Able pass catcher who adjusts to throws and can do something with it after the catch.
Other possibilities: Josh Doctson WR, Laquan Treadwell WR, Ronnie Stanley OT
Floyd is a true freak. He can play outside linebacker or be an edge rusher, his frame is similar to that of Randy Gregory's last year (6'4 240). The Giants draft him because they have a hole at outside linebacker, and they need someone who can do multiple things and use his athleticism to make up for the lack of help in the secondary. Floyd's best fit is at a outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but the New York football Giants decide they need this guy. He's got some question marks and his motor, and the fact that he's already 23 but the freakish skills outweigh the downside and that's why the Giants feel the need to take Floyd at 10 overall.
(SD gets #10, #71 and 2016 5th round | NYG get #3)
JR’s aggressive offseason keeps going. Jumping 7 spots just for a MLB? After he signed Keenan Robinson? Yes. Myles Jack is considered by many in the scouting world to be one of the top 3 players in the draft (Ramsey, Tunsil, Jack) based upon pure football talent (Wentz name gets thrown in their due to position [although he isn’t a terrible prospect] and Bosa still has name recognition but that is fading fast). Myles Jack will definitely be on the Jaguars radar (Jerry Reese nemesis this offseason apparently) and possibly the Cowboys as well despite resigning McClain. Dallas will never trade with the Giants, or I should say Dallas will never trade within the top 10 with the Giants. Jacksonville won’t pass on Jack so if Reese wants him to complete the puzzle on D, he will have to go get him. The common cost in the past has been a first and second, but JR won’t give up the second. The fifth round may be enough to sweeten the pot for SD if not then JR won’t pay the price. If a 3rd and 5th is all it cost to swap 1st’s than I think he would. He has spent money like a GM on the hot seat, will he draft like one?
If Jaylon Smith were to stay healthy I think that JR wouldn’t be so aggressive, but given that Smith knee injury is much worse than Jack’s, and Jack appears to be ready come start of training camp, JR may take the chance. San Diego is hoping for one thing this draft; Cleveland to select a QB #2 overall. By doing so they insure that SD gets either Ramsey or Tunsil depending on who the Titans select #1 overall (unless Dallas gets crazy and trades up for Jalen Ramsey; which I almost mocked). If it goes the way I have it now the Chargers are looking at taking Hargreaves or Bosa. Bosa is a step down from Ramsey/Tunsil while Hargreaves makes sense they have more pressing needs (which I feel affects the way SD operates during the draft). That being said the Chargers may be more willing to wheel and deal should the draft first two selections go as follow.
As for the signing of Robinson, JR just watched an injury prone LB destroy his core the past 2 years so he knows how important a competent, healthy MLB is (yes, Jack is injured but the talent supersedes the ACL tear). Plus Robinson isn’t solely a MLB candidate. His coverage skills make him candidate for WLB (J.T. Thomas or Casillas (I’d keep Casillas) get cut in this case. Although the 3 will have training camp to figure it out at WLB if JR drafts Myles Jack; I just don’t see Robinson being a cut option. Jack would be expected to come in and be the MLB from day 1 till the day he retires. May even get a goal line carry here and there as I see McAdoo being looser than TC in that regard. Yes he is a commander and chief type head coach (or so he has been portrayed to be), but when it comes to play calling he won’t so regiment about it. Game day will have a different feel than last year.
*I am a Giant fan so I have a bigger opinion on their pick, admittedly. If the Giants stay put at #10 and Jack, Ramsey and Hargreaves are all picked, as I expect them to be, Emmanuel Ogbah is a name to watch out for. Wouldn’t be a reach like some would call it, he fits their mold, and
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Rd. 1, Pk. 10
Eli Apple, CB,
I had a feeling that Eli Apple might be chosen over Vernon Hargreaves. But that was more of teams being down on Hargreaves than front offices liking Apple. I think this is a bit of a reach. I had Apple at No. 14, but with Shaq Lawson, Hargreaves and Laremy Tunsil available, the Giants could've gone in a different direction. Still, I won't penalize the team too much, as they were blind-sided with Jack Conklin and Leonard Floyd both being snatched off the board right in front of them. A "C" grade seems appropriate.
Rd. 2, Pk. 9
Sterling Shepard, WR,
No surprise that the Giants drafted a receiver early. They were desperate to find a second wideout across from Odell Beckham Jr. It seems like there were higher-rated receivers on the board, such as Tyler Boyd or Michael Thomas, but Sterling Shepard makes sense as a second-round selection. Unlike New York's initial pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, this is a solid choice that isn't a reach.
These guys claim to be insiders and super knowledgable yet haven't even updated for the Titans Rams comp pick trade which gives the Rams Rd3(5) pick, which has been official since last Thursday. Talk about phoning it in what a pile of garbage.
Jabrill Peppers would not fit Tampa's defense. He is a safety, but the certain safety that would be compatible with their defense. The Bucs had a guy similar to him in Mark Barron who is now with the Rams, because he did not fit the defense. The Bucs taking Peppers would be dumber than trading up for Roberto Aguayo, IMO.