NY Giants NFL Draft Fantasy Preview
NFL Draft Preview for the New York Giants
What a difference a year makes for the New York Giants. They went from playoff contender in 2016 to dumpster fire in 2017, and now the Giants find themselves on the verge of a rebuild. There have been changes in the front office as well as a new head Coach in Pat Shurmur. The Giants are looking to spark an offense that was dead under former HC Ben McAdoo for the better part of two seasons.
Team Needs: QB, OT, RB
Projected Top Three Picks
First Round: Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
Second Round: Ronald Jones, RB USC
Third Round: Brandon Parker, OT North Carolina A&T
With the Eli Manning era coming to an end sooner rather than later, this team has to take advantage of its spot in the draft with a deep class of upper-tier talent at the QB position. Drafting second, the Giants will have their pick of which QB will be groomed under Manning. Different from previous selections, expect the team to do all their homework to prevent missing out on the potential face of the franchise for years to come.
— NFL (@NFL) April 3, 2018
I currently have the Giants projected to take Josh Rosen as the heir apparent to Eli Manning in this draft. From early reports, the team seems to like Rosen over the other prospects at the position. He has the size you would like to see at the position, as well as the footwork and mechanics to excel at the NFL level. He works well under center and has great poise in the pocket, which will work in his favor since the Giants’ offensive line is one of the lesser units in the league. Rosen does a great job of reading through progressions and keeping his eyes downfield, but his deep ball could use some polish. Playing in this offense, assuming they hold onto Odell Beckham for the foreseeable future, Rosen will have the opportunity to work with some established weapons. Although he will not have much appeal in redraft leagues for 2018, his real value lies in Dynasty formats, where he should be an early pick.
Looking to fulfill another need in the second round, I have the Giants selecting Ronald Jones from USC to stake his claim as the lead back in this offense right away. With Orleans Darkwa likely to depart via free agency, and Wayne Gallman entering his second season, Jones could find himself with Fantasy value right off the bat. Sure, the Giants spent a draft pick on Gallman just last season, but he never really flashed the potential that the team thought they were getting. Jones, on the other hand, comes into the league with more of a pedigree in a pro-style offense. He has the speed and elusiveness that could come in handy due to the issues on the Giants’ offensive line. He has the potential to be a three-down back in the league but will likely need to have his touches monitored throughout his rookie season. If this is his landing spot, Jones could put together a very nice rookie season that could land him into a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 finish.
Brandon Parker is a small school offensive tackle that could come in and work himself into a nice role on this team. He may not find a starting role right out of camp, but as he learns the system and builds on his frame, he could become a quality starter in the league. And let’s face it, the Giants need all they help they can get to solidify the problems on the offensive line. If the unit can gel, look for Shurmur to utilize a balanced attack, much like he did in Minnesota with a very high success rate.
Eli Manning Photo Credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
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