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.
Pick change; previously DeAndre Houston-Carson, S
Rd. 6, Pk. 8
Blake Countess, CB, Auburn
Here's someone who can help on special teams and provide even more depth for the secondary.
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 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.