Round 1- Pick 6- Dwyane Haskins – Ohio State QB
Haskins has the size and pocket passer mentality that Giants GM David Gettleman tends to go for with his QB’s. Haskins is far and away the best QB in a particularly weak QB class. Haskins threw for 50 touchdowns at Ohio State as a one year starter. While he has the speed to be a runner, Pat Shumur’s scheme is more West Coast than other option or spread option offenses. Haskins seems like the no brainer pick to sit behind Manning in his presumed last year.
Round 2- Pick 37- Jerry Tillery- DL Notre Dame
Tillery was the anchor of a solid defensive line at Notre Dame, and will be a great addition to line up next to Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants weakest part of their defense last year was the defensive line after Damon Harrison was traded and Oliver Vernon went down with an injury mid-season, missing half the year. Tillery will add an identity and a toughness to a beaten up defensive front four. The Giants were 30th in sacks in the NFL, so with 7 sacks in his senior year, expect the Giants to take Tillery, who will rush and take down the quarterback.
Round 4- Pick 108- Nate Herbig- OG Stanford
Herbig was a blocker for Heisman favorite Byrce Love at Stanford. David Gettleman’s “hog mollies” scheme is to draft tough and hungry lineman that will rock you off the ball. Herbig is no exception, with many pancake and layout blocks to show for on film. The right side of the Giants offensive line is in shambles with Jamon Brown and Chad Wheeler barely holding Eli upright, so expect Gettleman to take the best offensive lineman available at this point in the draft.
Round 4- Pick 132- Juan Thornhill- S Virginia
With the Giants likely letting Landon Collins walk, expect them to pick someone to anchor down the secondary. Thornhill had 96 tackles and 7 picks in his senior year, and would be a steal this late in the draft. The Giants need someone other than Curtis Riley to replace Collins and Thornhill can be a that needed ball hawk for the Giants. Defensive Coordinator, James Bettcher, loves players with a nose for the ball; so I have Thornhill coming to New York in April.
Round 5- Pick 142- Damarkus Lodge- WR Mississippi
You can never have too many WR’s in today’s NFL and at 6’2, 204, Damarkus Lodge seems like the best WR at this point in the draft. Pairing up Lodge with Beckham, Shepard, Barkley, and Engram would be an offensive explosion waiting to happen for the Giants. Lodge showed his pure possession skills with 698 yards and 7 touchdowns. Expect Lodge to be a game one starter.
Round 5- Pick 143- Otaro Alaka- ILB Texas A&M
Otaro Alaka is a great instinct player, with 17.5 TFL and 4 sacks in his senior year at Texas A&M. Alaka is also a perfect replacement for recently released Connor Barwin. Giants will go with the best defensive player available with this pick. Alaka is a hard hitting linebacker who you should expect to see as a day one starter for the Giants.
Round 5- Pick 171- Winston Dimel- FB UTEP
Winston Dimel transferred from KSU to UTEP for his senior year. Though he gained negative yards in his senior year, his yardage at KSU shouldn’t sway Gettleman to draft another hard nosed blocker and a reliable short yardage runner. With no FB on the roster and Saquon Barkley showing promise, the Giants should start to throw blockers on the field for Saquon.
Round 6- Pick 180- Jarrett Stidham- QB Auburn
Expect Stidham to fall far in this draft after an underwhelming junior year at Auburn. Only throwing for 2794 yards and 18 touchdowns, Stidham did not live up the the hype he was getting for his junior year. Expect Gettleman to take Stidham and use him as an emergency backup if Haskins were to go down this year. This will also give Haskins and Manning competition going into training camp.
Round 7- Pick 221- Elijah Holyfield- RB Georgia
A 1000 yard rusher in his final season at Georgia. The Giants need a better backup running back to Saquon Barkley. Both backs are similar in their play style. Both backs can also break off a big run at anytime and they are very reliable power runners. Holyfield slipped in this draft based off of a pass heavy offense at Georgia and a major ankle injury in his junior year, but he still managed to run to 1018 yards.
Round 7- Pick 233- Mark Fields- CB Clemson
Gettleman will pick the best player available from a big name program at this point in the draft. Fields had his best years as an underclassmen, but he has a very high ceiling as a good #3 cornerback who can knock the ball away and run with the speedy deep threats in the NFL. Though he didn’t have any interceptions in his final two years, Fields will be a good backup cornerback for his NFL career.
Round 7-Pick 246- Austin Seibert- K Oklahoma
Seibert will be the last pick for the Giants in this draft. Even though Rosas had a pro bowl year, it’s good to give him some competition going into camp. Seibert kicked 89.5% in his senior year and he will be a good kicker to have if Rosas crashes and burns.