The New York Giants offseason includes the 4th draft pick in this year’s upcoming draft. They have several different routes to work with and positional needs and over 58 million in cap space. With several positional needs the Giants will have to decide which position they should draft for and which to find in free agency. A few weeks ago we discussed the 4 positions we think the Giants will need the most help in. Today we are here to tell you who we think the Giants should go after. With that being said, our opinions are based on the current free agent pool and the possible players available at the number 4 pick.
As talked about, the New York Giants lack a true elite pass rusher and it shows. The years the Giants dominated were all due to having a terrific core of push rushers. The Giants sitting at four means they will miss out on the coveted talent of Chase Young barring a massive trade. I would not expect the Giants to take a pass rusher at this spot as no other player is deserving of a number 4 selection in my opinion. If the Giants want to trade back a few spots to take A.J. Epenesa or Yetur Gross-Matos that would be ok. However I highly believe they should hold the number 4 pick for another position.
So now let us turn to free agency at the position. Jadeveon Clowney is the clear top free agent, however due to him wanting him to be with a contender I don’t think the Giants could get him. Several players who I like for the Giants are Bud Dupree and Matt Judon. Dupree had a big year for the Steelers, and if the Steelers do not tag him he would be my first priority. I think a guy like Dupree could be a big playmaker for this Giants defense who recently changed schemes.
The New York Giants struggled mightily at offensive line this offseason. In particular the Giants struggled at tackle, which is a position I think they need to target. The free agent class this year for tackle includes a lot of veteran players and a few younger stars. Jack Conklin of the Titans and D.J. Humphries of the Cardinals could be viable options if they hit the market. Most recently, the Giants struggled with free agency as a huge deal for Nate Soldier has not played to his price tag. With having such a young team it may be better for the Giants to draft a franchise tackle instead of paying for a veteran.
The New York Giants should turn that number 4 draft pick into a franchise left tackle. This tackle class is looking more and more promising as there are several potential players who could start right away. To me the top player at the position is Andrew Thomas. To me he is the most pro ready tackle who should be ready to play day one. He is very powerful in the run game and utilizes his size to hold up in pass protection. If the Giants decided to pass up on him they could go for Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. Whoever the guy is for the Giants the number 4 draft pick should almost certainly go for a franchise left tackle.
The New York Giants drafted Deandre Baker after trading up to grab him at the tail end of the first round. The rookie showed his flashes but the secondary now is left with a whole heading into the offseason. After cutting Janoris Jenkins, an already struggling pass defense becomes a bit slimmer. If the Giants are to improve they will have to address the secondary. One player, who I think the Giants should spend their money on, is cornerback Byron Jones. With the Cowboys free agency situation Jones will be one of the last priorities opening the door for the Giants to swoop in. Adding him would be a great pair for Baker on the outside. He could be a mentor to him allowing the Giants to potentially have two shut down cornerbacks.
Outside of Jones, I do not think the depth of the position is there as star power. The Giants could potentially look towards drafting a cornerback with their second round pick. There are several guys who could potentially be worth the look if they fall. One guy I really like is Kristian Fulton. Fulton has shown potential as a first or second round prospect and the range he has been seen going is wide spread. He has very good coverage skills and prevents separation. The one knack I have on him is his discipline at times. If they miss out on Fulton, another player I really like at the spot is Jaylon Johnson. Although he is a bit undersized he has very good instincts and cover skills. He could be picked up at this second round pick or even farther back if the Giants trade back.
Deep Threat Wide Receivers
As I stated with the Giants recap this is a very talented team that had notable injuries. Sheppard, Slayton and Tate all have very good traits you want in a skilled wide receiver. I do not see any of these guys being a viable big play deep threat receiver though. It would be very unrealistic for the Giants to attack this position in free agency after giving Sheppard and Tate deals last offseason. The Giants do not have a third at the moment, but they could receive one as a comp pick. There they should target a receiver and due to the overall depth of this class they still can get a good one. Two guys I really like at this round who are bigger wide receivers are Antonio Gandy-Golden and Bryan Edwards. Both have that big time potential to make plays deep down the field and be the guy.
Overall the Giants could address their needs in a variety of different ways. That being said, I almost certainly feel it would make the most sense to attack the draft with offensive tackle most in mind. I also think with that the Giants should attack their defensive needs in free agency to pair some veterans with a young group. These different offseason moves will be the New York Giants keys to success for next season. If they could do this, look for the Giants to potentially be in the mix for a playoff push next season.