New York Giants Draft: Possible Round 3 Targets

The New York Giants currently hold the No. 66 and No. 69 overall picks in this years draft. The first round was nothing short of exciting, and now the anticipation is building for Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

With these third round picks, the Giants should look for impact players that can help improve the team immediately.

Here is a look who the Giants should target with the Round 3 picks.

Shaquem Griffin, ILB, UCF

Dave Gettleman has said over and over that he wants players that love to play football. If Shaquem Griffin does not love the game of football, then I am not sure who does. By now, most people are aware that Griffin lost his left hand due to a rare prenatal condition.

Some may see his condition as a huge disadvantage, but Griffin has proved all of those doubters wrong. The 2018 Peach Bowl Defensive MVP, shocked everybody in the combine with his speed, athleticism, and the ability to catch the ball. He could help improve the linebacker group immediately, while still learning from some of the current veterans.

Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

This is where the Giants could attempt to replace Jason Pierre-Paul. Josh Sweat has the physical tools to fit in as a 3-4 linebacker and the raw talent to develop into a quality edge rusher.

Sweat has had some injuries in college, but when fully healthy he has flashed great athletic ability. He is a very coachable player that could fit in perfectly with James Bettcher’s group.

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

Drafting Davis would fill a huge need in the secondary for the Giants. He is a big-bodied cornerback with long arms and the raw talent to disrupt passing offsenses. With the proper coaching, he could become a starting corner for an NFL team very quickly.

Carlton Davis would be an immediate upgrade to the Giants secondary, by adding depth and more young talent. He has the luxury of not needing to start right away, though it would not surprise me to see him on the field Week 1.

M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina

Another defensive back that would be a solid third round option for the Giants, would provide physicality and versatility that the New York Giants could really benefit from. He is a well-built corner that plays physically in pass defense and run support.

He has the ability to play in multiple positions. He was a full-time starter and cornerback for North Carolina but could transition to a Nickel corner in the NFL and possibly safety as well. He also has the luxury of not needing to start right away, but I am more than confident that James Bettcher would find a key role for Stewart in Big Blue’s defense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Gettleman Sends Ereck Flowers To The Grave On WFAN

New York Giants, Ereck Flowers

We all knew general manager Dave Gettleman was a no-nonsense, hard nosed man coming into the job, but what he just did to Ereck Flowers really shows his expectations for this team.

The New York Giants’ former left tackle was replaced by Nate Solder over the offseason, while Flowers was moved to the right tackle spot. This requires him to learn a completely new technique and system from the right side of the line.

Fast-forward to voluntary workouts and Flowers was the only player absent, aside from several excused absences.

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Gettleman puts Flowers to bed:

Gettleman featured on WFAN this morning where he made sure Flowers heard his displeasure in regard to ignoring the team’s training sessions and expectations.

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Right off the bat, Gettleman attacks his man-hood, and then proceeds to inform the mass media that Flowers has made his decision. This statement clearly promotes the shopping of Flowers for potential draft picks, and at this point a water boy might suffice.

 

Giants Can Rejuvenate Offense With Second Round Pick

The New York Giants hold the No. 34 overall pick heading into day two of the 2018 NFL draft. On Thursday, Big Blue spent their highly coveted pick on Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

The stud runner will headline an offense that consists of Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and a rebuilt offensive line. Well, the offensive line is in the ‘process’ of being rebuilt, which is where the No. 34 pick comes into play.

With lineman like Billy Price, Kolton Miller and Isaiah Wynn off the board, the Giants will have to look elsewhere for support. Several names that jump off the board are UTEP standout Will Hernandez, who was mocked to be a first-round selection, and Texas tackle Connor Williams.

Hernandez comes from a smaller school that failed to secure even a single win in 2017; NFL teams may have had a lower grade on the big gaurd than anticipated. Nonetheless, Hernandez is a mean, strong, “hog mollie,” which is exactly what GM Dave Gettleman looks for in his lineman.

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If Hernandez escapes the first pick of the second-round which is held by the Cleveland Browns, New York will be in a prime position to grab him.

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Another stellar option is Boston College’s Harold Landry, who has the capabilities to develop into an elite pass-rusher. His availability could be too enticing for the Giants to pass up, especially after trading Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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The question will be: Do the Giants secure a prime pass rusher instead of taking a risk on a small school offensive lineman?

Personally, I believe that the offensive line is a priority given the fact that Barkley was the Giants’ first-round selection. If they’re going all in on the running game and offense, they should likely spend the pick on a lineman to bolster Eli Manning’s protection and open up running lanes for Barkley.

 

New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Jose Lobaton

After starting the season off the New York Mets 40-man roster, Jose Lobaton was called into action with the injuries to Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

Lobaton’s journey to the big leagues began at the age of 17 when he signed with the San Diego Padres. After seven years bouncing around the minor leagues, he finally made his debut in 2009 with the Padres. The Tampa Bay Rays claimed him off waiver 17 at-bats and had three hits with the Padres. Lobaton’s career involved him bouncing around from team to team as most backup catchers do in their career.

He played the rest of the 2009 and 2010 seasons in the Rays minor league system. Lobaton returned to the big leagues in 2011, but still struggled to find success with the bat. He only hit .118 in 2011 and showed his defense would be what kept him in the big leagues. He had an above average 30 percent caught stealing rate in his small sample size.

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Lobaton’s Career in Tampa

2012 was Lobaton’s first real season of earning a job at the big league level where he played in 69 games from the end of May. Lobaton hit .222 and had an impressive .323 on base percentage. He played 100 games for the only time of his in 2013 and hit .249 with a career high seven home runs. Lobaton also drilled a walkoff home run in the ALDS against Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara.

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In the offseason the Rays traded Lobaton along with Felipe Rivero and Drew Vettleson to Washington Nationals for Nathan Karns. Lobaton found a nice home in Washington where he spent four years as the team’s backup catcher. He only hit .210 and played in 200 games over his four season in Washington.

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The Mets signed Lobaton to a minor league deal before Spring Training and was expected to spend a majority of the year in Triple-A. After the Mets lost Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki for an extended period of time, he was called up to assume the everyday catcher role. The Mets have thought about acquiring another catcher but he seems to be the one who will have the job for now.