By: Rob Schardt
With 24 hours left until the draft, Giants fans also over are wondering what they will do with the 2nd. New General Manager, Dave Gettleman is basically in control of the entire draft. This statement isn’t just a bold statement it is pretty much a fact. Teams like the Bills, Cardinals and Dolphins all can possibly trade up to all take quarterbacks as they all have been linked to the Giants. One thing everyone does know is that the Giants have plenty of options.
Here are some of the options:
If Darnold is not the number 1 pick, this is the player the Giants have been linked to as the successor for Eli Manning. Rumors have come out saying the Giants are very interested it in Darnold. We do not know if this is a smokescreen or if Gettleman is trying to force the Browns to take Darnold. Darnold is one of the most polarizing prospects in the draft and I believe he has the lowest bust factor out of any of the prospects in the draft. He can pretty much do it all, from having a strong arm, to being mobile and especially having the right mindset. The only takeaway from drafting him, is that he turns the ball over too often, but many people can look past this. Darnold is a strong kid who can lead any franchise he ends up with, but if it’s with the Giants, I believe the combination of Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz and Alex Smith will give the NFC East one of the best quarterback divisions in the league. A combination of Darnold, Beckham, Shepherd, and Engram can be deadly for years to come.
Well is there anything else to say about this kid? He has done everything to established himself as a top running back and even as the top prospect in the country. Barkley took college football by storm and put on a show for most of the season and even though he went through a little slump, he still finished very strong. Barkley would go on to put a show on at the NFL combine and many were suspecting that Barkley would end up going number 1. I believe this will not happen, but the Giants are most definitely considering taking Barkley. Last year, with Carolina Gettleman took Christian McCaffery with the 8th overall pick, so that just hints that he is isn’t afraid to take a running back that high. Gettleman wants a “gold jacket” type of player, and Barkley could very well be a "do it all" hall of famer. The Giants have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw and taking Barkley will insure the Giants will be riding Eli Manning until he retires and are getting him as much help as possible.
Rosen is one of the most interesting players in this draft and is one of my favorite prospects. Rosen is probably the most "NFL-ready" quarterback in the class and has a lot to offer for whoever he is selected by. He has a very strong arm, is extremely smart and throws a very accurate ball. The only problem that surrounds him, is the durability issues that bothered Rosen throughout his college career. Rosen’s character is another thing that many question along with his family history. He is from a well off family and has never worried about food being on the table. Rosen has also one time posted a picture on his Instagram at a Trump golf course wearing a F*** Trump hat. Though these aspects have come up, I believe Rosen will be a great fit for the Giants and could be a terrific option to replace Eli. Rosen can definitely handle the New York media and will do all that is expected.
Chubb, along with Barkley, is atop the drafts top two prospects. He is on this list due in part to the Giants trading away corner stone and fan favorite defensive pass rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul. Chubb would be an excellent replacement for JPP and could be a terrific fit in a fast James Bettcher defense. Chubb can do pretty much all that is asked of him. He can rush the quarterback and is very effective from sideline to sideline. The combination of Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Bradley Chubb would be among the league’s best. Though, I do not see the Giants taking Chubb this early in the draft, it is most definitely an option.
The only way I see the Giants selecting Nelson is if they trade back to a back end top 10 pick, but it is not out of the question. Offensive line has been atop the Giants needs for many years now and taking Nelson would secure a tough, gritty offensive lineman for the next decade. Many say Nelson has the lowest bust potential in the draft and looking at the tapes of Nelson and the holes he creates while blocking, I can see why. This pick would be great for the G-Men and would definitely help their O-line problem, where the team already has brought in former Patriot Nate Solder. In a division where the Cowboys already have one of the leagues best offensive lines, the Giants can hopefully join them.
This is definitely an option to help the Giants accumulate picks and take players that may help them over the years. This can be an option, but I bet Gettleman would want a king’s ransom back.
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