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NFL Draft Off the Clock: How Did the New York Giants Do Filling Their Needs?
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3 May 2017 06:27 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Dalvin Tomlinson gets pressure on the quarterback. (Image Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at how the New York Giants did in filling their needs:

1. Defensive Tackle: Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama (2nd Round, No. 55)

Potential Pick at No. 23: Malik McDowell, Michigan State (No. 35)

They needed a replacement for Johnathan Hankins and by looking at their depth chart at defensive tackle, a potential plug-and-play pick. That’s what Tomlinson is. He might lack upside as a pass rusher but should be ready for significant playing time as a rookie as he develops into a top-notch run stopper. Because he’s viewed as a potential nose tackle at 310 pounds he does replicate some of what they’re already paying Damon Harrison a lot of money to do. Tomlinson could help ensure the NFL’s third-ranked run defense doesn’t see much of a drop off, if any.

2. Left Tackle: Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh (6th Round, No 200)

Potential Picks at No. 23: Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin (No. 32), Cam Robinson, Alabama (No. 34)

Despite their big need for a left tackle it’s completely understandable that the G-Men didn’t select an offensive tackle until their final pick. Most of the tackles in this class, including Ryan Ramczyk and Cam Robinson, who would have been solid choices, are projected as either right tackles or even guards down the line. Basically, the type of linemen New York already has on their roster in Ereck Flowers, D.J. Fluker, and Justin Pugh.

3. Tight End: Evan Engram, Ole Miss (1st Round, No. 23)

Potential Pick at No. 23: David Njoku, Miami (No. 29)

Many mock drafts had the G-Men drafting a tight end with their first-round pick, not necessarily the tight end they ended up selecting. Giants tight ends averaged just 7.7 yards per catch last season, which was last in the NFL so the need for a playmaker at the position was there. A need that Evan Engram and his 4.42 speed should fill. He’s an excellent receiver and can really stretch the field, someone who Eli Manning can put to good use. The question some have, is Engram really a tight end? He’s just 234 pounds and lined up wide most of the time at Ole Miss.

4. Running Back: Wayne Gallman, Clemson (4th Round, No. 140)

Potential Pick at No. 23: Dalvin Cook, Florida State (No. 41)

Had I been running New York’s draft it would have been difficult to pass on Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, who would have provided the Giants with an added dimension to their running game and overall offense. That aside, Gallman is a good value pick late in the fourth round who could help their fledgling running game, as part of the rotation with second-year man Paul Perkins moving forward.

5. Linebacker: None

Potential Pick at No. 23: Reuben Foster, Alabama (No. 31)

If not Cook, I would certainly would have pounded the table for Reuben Foster, who I believe will compete for Defensive Rookie of the Year, as long as he’s healthy. Foster would be a difference maker on New York’s weakest defensive unit. Because of off-field issues it’s no surprise that the Giants passed on both talented but potentially troubled prospects. Other linebackers they could have considered include Zach Cunningham (second round) and Kendell Beckwith (third round). On one hand, few teams address all their needs in one draft, on the other hand, Giants fans are used to the team ignoring linebacker come draft time. The Giants have selected just one linebacker in the past six drafts and haven’t picked one in the first three rounds since 2009.

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. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com

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