2019-05-06 13:31:231 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. (Image Source: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
With the 2019 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror we take the New York Giants off the clock beginning with how they did in addressing their needs on the offensive side of the ball:
Needs on Offense: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Right Tackle
1. Quarterback: Daniel Jones, Duke (1st Round, No. 6 overall)
There’s no doubt the Giants needed to address quarterback. Their fans were dying for the Giants to draft a quarterback. Just not this quarterback with this pick. Very few evaluators had Duke’s Daniel Jones rated this high, including myself. Where I disagree with the critics is where the G-Men took Jones. We don’t know that he would have been available at No. 17 as many have declared. Also, if you were OK with the Giants using the 17th pick on him then you can’t be that upset using the 6th pick overall on a quarterback.
Potential Pick at No. 6: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State (No. 15)
Potential Pick at No. 37: Drew Lock, Missouri (No. 42)
Had the Giants called the name of Dwayne Haskins I’m guessing most of their fans would have erupted in utter joy. Haskins was the top quarterback in the eyes of many pundits and fans, but that doesn’t mean he would have been a better selection. It hurts to see him go to a division rival, however maybe New York fans should take solace that according to reports the Haskins pick was made by Daniel Snyder. Who knows how far he would have slid if not for the Washington owner. Had the Giants just stayed pat with their picks and not went with a quarterback in the first round, Missouri’s Drew Lock would have fallen to them at No. 37.
2. Offensive Tackle: George Asafo-Adjei, Kentucky (7th Round, No. 232 overall)
I would have loved to see the Giants continue to improve their offensive line on Day 1 or Day 2 of the NFL Draft, but when you have so many needs, you can’t address them all. So, Chad Wheeler it is at right tackle. As a seventh-round pick, UK’s George Asafo-Adjei is a project who could find himself sliding inside to guard.
Potential Pick at No. 6: Jonah Williams, Alabama (No. 11)
Potential Pick at No. 17: Andre Dillard, Washington State (No. 22); Tytus Howard, Alabama State (No. 23)
Potential Pick at No. 30: Kaleb McGary, Washington (No. 31); Jawaan Taylor, Florida (No. 35)
Potential Pick at No. 37: Greg Little, Ole Miss (No. 37); Cody Ford, Oklahoma (No. 38)
Like Daniel Jones, Jonah Williams out of Alabama would have been viewed as a “reach” but getting the best offensive lineman in this class wouldn’t have been a bad thing. If the G-Men were waiting for “value” then Washington State’s Andre Dillard would have been viewed as a great pick to protect their young quarterback. New York traded up to No. 30 to draft a cornerback, had they done so to nab a tackle it would have been just as understandable. Florida’s Jawaan Taylor was considered to be a first-round talent, as was Cody Ford out of Oklahoma, who was still there at No. 37 had the G-Men just stuck with their second-round choice.
3. Wide Receiver: Darius Slayton, Auburn (5th Round, No. 171 overall)
With Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard the Giants are pretty set with their starters at wide receiver, however the depth behind them is sorely lacking. Look for Darius Slayton to compete with the likes of Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Corey Coleman, and Russell Shepard on the depth chart pecking order. The Auburn product is a big-play threat whose outside speed could complement Tate and Shepard very well.
Potential Pick at No. 17: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma (No. 25); N’Keal Harry, Arizona State (No. 32)
The G-Men had their pick of the top receiver in the draft at No. 17 and the addition of Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown would have bolstered what is already a talented and diverse group of skill players, while ASU product N’Keal Harry has the type of size at 6’2” that both Tate and Shepard lack.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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