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2019 NFL Draft: The New York Giants Are on the Clock

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2019 NFL Draft: The New York Giants Are on the Clock

2019-04-07 13:23:27

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants running back was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. (Image Source: Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

2018 Record: 5-11; Finished: 4th in the NFC East

General Manager: Dave Gettleman (2nd Year), Head Coach: Pat Shurmur (2nd Year), Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula (2nd Year), Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher (2nd Year)

Offense Rankings: No. 17 Overall, No. 16 Scoring, No. 11 Passing, No. 24 Rushing

Believe it or not, the New York offense was actually much improved in 2018 as they went from one of the worst attacks in the NFL to middle of the pack. Even without Odell Beckham Jr. for four games (he missed 12 in 2017), the passing offense took a major leap forward, but was overly reliant on one receiver. Yet, even with Saquon Barkley (second in the NFL in rushing) they were near the bottom in terms of running the football.

Defense Rankings: No. 24 Overall, No. 23 Scoring, No. 23 Passing, No. 20 Rushing

The G-Men were better across the board on the defensive side of the ball compared to 2017, but still nowhere near where they were in 2016 when their defense carried them to 11 wins and the franchise’s only playoff appearance in the past seven seasons. Not only have they moved on from their top offensive weapon this offseason, but the Giants have let their best defender Landon Collins walk and they shipped off their best pass rusher Olivier Vernon.

The Five-Year Plan – Record: 31-49; Last Playoff Appearance: 2016; Last Playoff Victory: 2011 Season (21-17 over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl)

2018 Draft: (1-2) RB Saquon Barkley, (2-34) OG Will Hernandez, (3-66) OLB Lorenzo Carter, (3-69) DT B.J. Hill, (4-108) QB Kyle Lauletta, (5-139) DT R.J. McIntosh

Top Picks Last Five Years:

2018 – (1-2) RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

2017 – (1-23) TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss

2016 – (1-10) CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

2015 – (1-9) OT Ereck Flowers, Miami

2014 – (1-12) WR Odell Beckham, LSU

Booms:

WR Odell Beckham (Rd. 1—2014)

OLB Devon Kennard (Rd. 5—2014)

SS Landon Collins (Rd. 2—2015)

OL Bobby Hart (Rd. 7—2015)

LB B.J. Goodson (Rd. 4—2015)

RB Saquon Barkley (Rd. 1—2018)

Busts:

DT Jay Bromley (Rd. 3—2014)

RB Andre Williams (Rd. 4—2014)

OT Ereck Flowers (Rd. 1—2015)

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Rd. 3—2015)

S Mykkele Thompson (Rd. 5—2015)

CB Eli Apple (Rd. 1—2016)

S Darian Thompson (Rd. 3—2016)

QB Davis Webb (Rd. 3—2017)

OLB Avery Moss (Rd. 5—2017)

Additions:

WR Golden Tate (UFA/Signed)

OG Kevin Zeitler (Trade)

DT Olsen Pierre (UFA/Signed)

OLB Markus Golden (UFA/Signed)

S Antoine Bethea (UFA/Signed)

S Jabrill Peppers (Trade)

Keepers:

WR Bennie Fowler (Re-Signed/UFA)

WR Cody Latimer (Re-Signed/UFA)

OLB Nathan Stupar (Re-Signed/UFA)

CB Tony Lippett (Re-Signed/UFA)

S Antonio Hamilton (Re-Signed/UFA)

LS Zak DeOssie (Re-Signed/UFA)

Subtractions:

WR Odell Beckham Jr. (Trade)

WR Quadree Henderson (Cut)

OG Jamon Brown (UFA/Falcons)

DT Mario Edwards (UFA/Saints)

DT Josh Mauro (UFA/Raiders)

DT Kerry Wynn (UFA/Bengals)

OLB Connor Barwin (Cut)

OLB Olivier Vernon (Trade)

CB B.W. Webb (UFA/ Bengals)

FS Landon Collins (UFA/Redskins)

FS Curtis Riley (UFA/Raiders)

2018 Picks: With 12 picks, the New York Giants are set up to have their busiest draft since 1992 when the NFL Draft went 12 rounds. With eight wins in the past two seasons combined, the G-Men are in full rebuild mode. The trade of their best player Odell Beckham Jr. (as well as Olivier Vernon) gives them additional first and third-round picks this season, from the Cleveland Browns. The wheeling and dealing began last season when Dave Gettleman added a fourth-round pick from the New Orleans Saints for Eli Apple and traded Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions for a fifth-round selection. Their additional seventh-round selections are from prior trades with the Los Angeles Rams (when they acquired Alec Ogletree) and Minnesota Vikings (traded Brett Jones). The G-Men traded their seventh-round pick to the Denver Broncos for punter Riley Dixon. In addition, New York used their third-round choice to select cornerback Sam Beal in the 2018 supplemental draft, while they were granted a compensatory pick in the fifth round by the NFL.

Round 1, Selection 6

Round 1, Selection 17 (from Browns)

Round 2, Selection 37

Round 3, Selection 95 (from Patriots through Browns)

Round 4, Selection 108

Round 4, Selection 132 (from Saints)

Round 5, Selection 142 (from 49ers through Lions)

Round 5, Selection 143

Round 5, Selection 171 (compensatory pick)

Round 6, Selection 180

Round 7, Selection 232 (from Vikings)

Round 7, Selection 245 (from Rams)

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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