Who will be next to join Big Blue?
Whether you like the three picks made by the New York Giants so far or are still trying to warm up to them, the team has attempted to marry “best available” with need.
They’ve added a pass catching, seam-busting tight end in Evan Engram (Round 1) and what looks to be a NFL ready two-gap defensive tackle in Dalvin Tomlinson (Round 2). both of those players should e day 1 starters.
In the third round, they took quarterback Davis Webb, a potential successor to Eli Manning. Although Webb is at least a year, possibly two away from starting, the Giants are wasting no time in not only getting a successor on board, but making sure he develops the confidence and the necessary mechanics so that when the day comes and Manning rides off into the sunset, there will hopefully be not much, if any of a drop off.
That brings us to Day 3, the last of the 2017 draft. What are the remaining needs and who’s still out there? Read on.
Before the draft, the Giants were reported by the NFL Network to have interest in veteran LeGarrette Blount. Regardless if the Giants sign the soon-to-be former Patriot they should still look to add a power back to a young stable looking to rebound from being ranked near the bottom of the league.
Day 3 running Back Prospects
[su_spoiler title=”Samaje Perine, 5’11”, 233 lbs., Oklahoma” style=”fancy”] Strong, physical downhill runner who plays bigger than his listed size and who can drag defenders along for the ride for the additional yards after contact. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Marlon Mack, 5’11”, 213 lbs., South Florida” style=”fancy”] More of a scat back runner than a downhill guy, a running back capable of hitting the homerun and who does a nice job of creating space with his moves to gain additional yardage. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Wayne Gallman, 6’0”, 215 lbs, Clemson” style=”fancy”] Strong runner with average instincts who would seemingly function better behind a lead blocker. Is not afraid to square up and power through defenders for the additional yards. [/su_spoiler]
The further away from the first-round pick the Giants get, the more obvious it is, at least to us, that they’re going to roll with some combination of what they currently have on the roster, for better or for worse. However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add some youth for developmental purposes just in case of injury and/or if injury should hit whoever does emerge as the starters.
Day 3 Offensive Tackle Prospects
[su_spoiler title=”Julie’n Davenport, 6’7”, 318 lbs., Bucknell” style=”fancy”] Giants were said to have interest in this small school developmental project who has all the prerequisite physical tools you’d want in a tackle, but who needs a lot of coaching to reach his full potential. He could have a future as a right tackle in the pros one day.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”OT Zach Banner, 6’8”, 353 lbs., USC” style=”fancy”] Man-mountain with better than average functional strength and power. Like all college tackles in this class, he’s in need of some coaching to clean up some fundamental flaws in his technique, and there is also some question whether guard is in his future, but he could ultimately develop into a guard/tackle. [/su_spoiler]
The Giants managed to get this group back together, minus Kelvin Sheppard, whose middle linebacker starting job will be up for grabs between Keenan Robinson and B.J. Goodson. Still, they might want to get a prospect they can slowly work into the mix what with all their linebackers except for Goodson not being signed beyond 2017.
Day 3 Linebacker Prospects
[su_spoiler title=”Anthony Walker, Jr., 6’1”, 238 lbs., Northwestern” style=”fancy”] Has had issues with missed tackles in his college career, but is said to be a student of the game who is willing to commit to doing whatever it takes to improve. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Elijah Lee., 6’3”, 228 lbs. Kansas State” style=”fancy”] Better than average in coverage, with the necessary speed to cover from sideline to sideline. [/su_spoiler]
The Giants might want to consider adding a young prospect to eventually succeed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at the nickel after this year.
Day 3 Cornerback Prospects
[su_spoiler title=”Jalen Myrick, 5’10”, 220 lbs, Minnesota” style=”fancy”]
Productive shutdown outside corner in college; his smallish size might limit him to the slot in the pros. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Corn Elder, 5’10”, 183 lbs., Miami” style=”fancy”]Plays a big man’s physical type of game, showing no fear mixing it up with guys bigger than his listed height. While that attitude is admirable, at the next level he might be better off working in the slot if he’s to stay on the field. [/su_spoiler]