NFL.com Mock Draft Has New York Giants Taking Lock Over Haskins

It’s not worth writing about every time a mock draft comes out, but sometimes, it’s noteworthy when one prediction changes to another. That’s the case right now with Peter Schrager’s mock draft on NFL.com, which was updated to have the New York Giants take Missouri senior Drew Lock with the sixth pick overall.

It’s a change from the previous prediction of the Giants taking Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. with the same pick, which is still the more common prediction to see both for fans and in mock drafts. Here’s what Schrager had to say about Lock going to the Giants.

There will be WFAN hysteria and message-board debates about this pick leading right up until the card is turned in. I do think the Giants will go quarterback, but not the guy everyone has pegged to them. Lock wowed folks at the Senior Bowl, has a ton of moxie and can rip it… The “Kansas City model” plays out, and it’s Eli passing the torch to the former Missouri Tiger, not the Ohio State Buckeye.

But ‘a ton of moxie’ isn’t enough to make it with in the NFL and it seems like a very strange prediction, as Lock doesn’t have too many edges over Haskins outside of being the more experienced player as a three-year starter for the Missouri Tigers, in the tough Southeastern Conference.

It only takes one look at the numbers to see that Haskins is the more accomplished player, with Haskins throwing 50 touchdowns last season compared to 28 from Lock. But Lock has three years as a full-time starter and even started 8 games in his freshman year, while Haskins only played one full season and only appeared in eight games total the year prior.

What do you think? Should the Giants go for the more experienced player with less hype, or take a chance on the one season wonder with a high ceiling? If you ask Peter Schrager, it seems the answer would be the former.

 

New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. Deads Pat Shurmur Over Trade

Trading Odell Beckham Jr. was always going to receive massive backlash from fans and analysts alike, but New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur believes the deal was worth it, despite losing a generational talent.

New York Giants HC Shurmur stated on Tuesday:

“We’re building,” Shurmur said at the NFL Annual League Meeting. “Obviously Odell is an outstanding player, but it’s business. I really believe we got good value in return.”

The Giants trade Beckham for the No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft and former first-round pick safety, Jabrill Peppers. While the return on investment wasn’t exactly jaw-dropping, the Giants did manage to acquire several assets to further help build the team in a time of restructuring.

The problem – Dave Gettleman signed Beckham to a massive contract and will eat $16 million in cap space this year, putting his team further under the water. If the Giants truly wish to build and compete at the same time, putting the team in cap-hell certainly isn’t the most efficient move.

But, while 2019 doesn’t offer much optimism, the salary cap will open up in bounds in 2020. This is when the team can fully take shape and begin to gain the necessary pieces for prolonged success.

Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t have anything to say to Shurmur:

After the trade, Shurmur reached out to the star wideout to speak with him about the decision. Beckham simply didn’t respond and has yet to after two weeks of silence.

“I’m sure at some point we’ll finally talk,” Shurmur said.

The coach took a small shot at the receiver, stating:

“I really do believe it takes a village to spread the ball around,” Shurmur said. “We have a lot of fine players on offense so we’ll just spread the ball. Unfortunately, Odell was hurt at the back half of the season, and we were able to score the most points of the year. And so we’ll find a way.”

Essentially, he’s saying the Giants don’t need Beckham to score a lot of points, and they extracted value in a place that the team didn’t need to be investing so much money.

I anticipate the offense being more spread out after the departure of Beckham.

New York Yankees Can Trust High-Strikeout Pitcher to Fill in for CC Sabathia

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The New York Yankees will be fighting through injuries during the beginning of the regular season which starts this upcoming Thursday. Fortunately, general manager Brian Cashman has allocated resources towards building out the depth on the roster to withstand injuries to the starting players.

In the case of the starting pitching rotation, manager Aaron Boone will need to look towards his youth products to fill the back-end as CC Sabathia, the expected 5th man, will be out for the next few weeks. One option that immediately comes to mind is 26-year-old Domingo German.

The third-year pitcher is a strikeout connoisseur – he ranked 9th best in the MLB last year in strikeout rate, generating a 20.08% and 18.71% whiff rate against batters. His ability to cause batters to swing and miss is exciting, but his fly-ball rate is the primary issue. He allows a lot of home runs – last season his fly-ball rate was 40.4%.

How has German performed for the Yankees this spring?

German started off Grapefruit League play with dominant performances before giving up a few runs later on. He finished with a 4.11 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched. He struck out 22 batters, allowed 7 earned runs, and 3 homers. With such a small sample size it’s difficult to project how efficient he will be during the regular season, but if his strikeout pitchers are active, he has one of the most deadly arms in baseball.

I feel as though he would be a great option to cover for Sabathia while he recovers and works through his pitching program. German is experienced with two prior years of live action, so he will not be a foreigner to the intensity and challenges imposed at the professional level.

Besides acting as a stop-gap for Sabathia, I anticipate German playing in a rotational/reserve role to lessen fatigue down the stretch. As long as the Yankees can catch him on his good days, they will be in good shape with German featuring on the mound.

 

 

 

New York Giants: The Only Way Trading Sterling Shepard Makes Sense

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard

Before we get this article kicked off, let’s get one thing out of the way – The New York Giants shouldn’t be ‘actively’ shopping slot receiver Sterling Shepard. His value to the team and offense specifically is significant, but there is a scenario where trading him would make sense.

The Giants made a dire mistake in 2018:

One of the mistakes general manager Dave Gettleman made in 2018 was not trading star safety, Landon Collins. Teams looking to add value trade players that they know will be too expensive to re-sign. Collins was seeking record-breaking money, and he received it from the Washington Redskins.

As much as it would’ve hurt at the time, trading Collins for even a third-rounder would have made sense, and teams were calling. Sending Damon Harrison and Eli Apple on their merry way was ultimately a good move, as the Giants added draft capital and are in a position to address both sides of the ball with plenty of talent.

Shepard offers a similar scenario, as the team in its current state is not a deep playoff contending team and likely won’t be for another two seasons. A young defense, an offensive line needing chemistry, a veteran quarterback in the final year of his contract – the outlook on 2019 isn’t as positive as most fans would like, and that’s the honest truth.

So, with that being said, we must prepare to trade Shepard if the team finishes the first half of the season with a sub .500 record. It’s about extracting value from existing resources and turning it into future assets. Shepard will command big-money next offseason, and with Golden Tate being signed to compete as the top slot option, it makes Shepard’s services expendable.

The New York Giants need to draft a big-bodied wideout:

My objection against trading Shepard would be the lack of talent at wideout. I don’t have faith in Bennie Fowler, Corey Coleman, and Cody Latimer to replicate the influence of Odell Beckham Jr. on the outside, not even in a combined effort. Drafting a player like Hakeem Butler or N’Keal Harry would be a solid move to establish a young red-zone/deep ball threat. This would make Shepard a trading piece given the team isn’t in a position to compete for the playoffs.

To wrap up, we shouldn’t expect Shepard to be traded this offseason, but from a business perspective, he could be on the table if the Giants aren’t winning football games.

Alternatively, Shepard did earn outside reps in 2018 and will likely work out of that position alongside Tate. If they can operate at a high level in that dynamic is yet to be seen.

 

 

New York Giants: How The Giants Could Construct The Kansas City Model

The New York Giants drafted

The New York Giants are officially in the market for a quarterback. Both general manager Dave Gettleman and co-owner John Mara have admitted that the team will be looking for a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This has been speculated for quite some time now. Eli Manning is 38 years old and heading into his 6th season. Statistically, Manning has been solid in recent years. However, no one can play forever.

As head coach Pat Shurmur said, Eli is closer to 40 than he is to 20. The clock has officially begun ticking; the Giants need to find the next franchise quarterback.

Eli Manning will be around in 2019. The Giants already paid him his roster bonus and assured the press that he is the starting quarterback in 2019. However, Dave Gettleman has also floated around the idea of keeping Eli on the team in order to mentor a rookie quarterback. Dave Gettleman calls this the “Kansas City Model.”

What Is The Kansas City Model?

When Dave Gettleman uses the phrase “Kansas City Model,” he is referring to how the Kansas City Chiefs groomed quarterback Patrick Mahomes to success in his second season. The Chiefs had Alex Smith in 2017, who was a solid starting quarterback. Despite this, the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes with the 10th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Chiefs then went on with Alex Smith as the starting quarterback during the 2017 NFL season. In 2018, the Chiefs decided it was time to let “Showtime” Patrick Mahomes take over. They traded away Alex Smith and committed to Patrick Mahomes as the full-time starting quarterback. Mahomes went on to have a historic 2018 season.

In 2018, Patrick Mahomes was phenomenal. Mahomes brought the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game and won NFL MVP. Patrick’s stats were insane in 2018. He threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions in his first season as a starter. With production like this, it is easy to see why Dave Gettleman is so fond of the “Kansas City Model.”

Which Quarterbacks Fit The Kansas City Model?

The 2019 NFL Draft has 4 quarterback prospects who could potentially be drafted in the 1st round. The Giants will need to decide if they want to go through with the “Kansas City Model,” then figure out which quarterback prospect is the best fit.

A quarterback who is not fit for the “Kansas City Model” is Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. Murray is going to start from day one in the NFL. He is a special talent whose only true flaw is his small size.

Despite this, Murray is a talented, dual-threat quarterback who will have an offense completely built around him due to his special running and passing abilities. This is why he will need to start. With Murray, there is no time to waste. The offense will be built around him, so it would be a waste of time to have another quarterback play in Murray’s personalized offense.

Dwayne Haskins is the quarterback most analysts think the Giants will end up with after the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins had an impressive junior season at Ohio State University. He was extremely efficient, throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns to only 8 interceptions in his only season as a starter.

Since Haskins only played one year as a starter in college, he would benefit from a year of learning in the NFL. Dwayne Haskins has also publicly said he would love the opportunity to learn behind Manning. Haskins grew up a Giants fan and has a lot of respect for the franchise legend, Eli Manning.

Another quarterback who could fit the “Kansas City Model” is Daniel Jones. Daniel played 3 seasons as a starter at Duke. However, he still has a lot of room to grow as a quarterback. Jones has been linked to the recently because of his connection to Eli Manning.

Jones and Manning had the same head coach in college, David Cutcliffe. Jones also knows Manning personally from workouts on Duke’s campus. Daniel Jones is also open to sitting and learning for a year behind Eli.

Daniel Jones threw 22 touchdown passes in 2018 with 9 interceptions and only 2,674 yards. He has the ideal body type for an NFL quarterback and is a smart young man. However, his lack of elite production and accuracy at the collegiate level are the reasons Jones is looked at as a project quarterback. If he is groomed properly, Daniel Jones could be the next Eli Manning.

With Any Luck the New York Giants Could Land Premium Defensive Lineman

How will Quinnen Williams impact the New York Jets' defense?

If by any chance Quinnen Williams falls to the New York Giants 6th overall choice in the draft, it is without a doubt that the team must abandon any other plans regarding their pick and take Williams as soon as they are officially on the clock. Not only would Williams provide instant help to 2018’s 24th ranked defense, but establish himself as a leader on the Giants’ defense for many years to come.

If drafted by New York, Williams would bring along a motor and tenacity that the Giants have been missing on the defensive side of the ball since 2011’s version of Jason Pierre-Paul, who dominated the NFL with 16.5 sacks, earning himself Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro honors, and more importantly, the Giants 4th Lombardi Trophy.

New York Giants: Quinnen Williams would be a perfect compliment on the defensive line

While the Giants do have two young interior players in Dalvin Tomlinson and BJ Hill, Williams possesses a unicorn-style skill set which would allow Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher to run wild in terms of scheme as Williams can play every single position on the defensive front.

At 6’3”, 303lbs, Williams clocked a 4.83 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, which was also the fourth fastest time by a defensive lineman weighing over 300lbs at the combine since 2003. While impressing scouts in shorts certainly does hold ground during the draft process, it’s Williams’ on-field production which solidifies his spot amongst the other top prospects. The Alabama product dominated top offenses week after week in both run stopping and pass rushing. Just a one-year starter, Williams posted a 71 tackle season, in which 19.5 came for a loss, in addition to 8 sacks.

It is without doubt that Quinnen Williams would plug a huge hole on the Giants defense from day one, however waiting until pick 6 to decide if this type of player fits may, in fact, be too late for the Giants, who would probably have to trade up in order to acquire the blue-chip talent from Alabama.

 

New York Giants Should Target These 3 Right Tackles to Replace Chad Wheeler

The New York Giants could draft Dalton Risner in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft.

With the 2019 NFL draft a mere month away, it’s time to begin considering the solidification of the right tackle position, especially with several free agent tackles still available. The New York Giants are in need of a replacement for Chad Wheeler.

General manager Dave Gettleman has allocated resources towards the bolstering of the line – signing left tackle Nate Solder, drafting left guard Will Hernandez, signing center Jon Halapio, and trading for star right guard Kevin Zeitler. The last position in need of capital just so happens to be on Eli Manning’s vision side, which doesn’t seem to make a difference considering his lack of mobility.

But, the benefits of adding the last puzzle piece ranges from increasing efficiency in regard to running the ball, but also giving Manning as much time as possible to operate the offense.

Three right tackle options the New York Giants should consider:

1.) Mike Remmers

Remmers is a veteran with six years of experience including seven playing experiences. He would be a relatively affordable option to replace Wheeler. His ties with Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur make him an intriguing option, but his age, 30, might be a little too steep for the Giants to commit to a long-term contract, which is likely what he’s seeking.

Remmers is a healthy option, for the most part, missing only five games in the last four years. According to PFF, Remmers is the 48th ranked guard in the league, finishing 2018 with a 59.2 grade.

In 2017, the former Viking signed a five-year, $30 million deal, but was released this offseason. Clearly, his stock has dropped after questionable performances, but he would undoubtedly be an upgrade over Wheeler.

2.) Dalton Risner

Let’s take a look at a potential draft pick – the Giants could elect to address the position in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft. Risner is a quality option that provides high-upside at the position for the long term. Additionally, his cap hit would be far less than Remmers, which is a huge positive given the Giants only have about $10 million in space left.

Despite having average length and athleticism, Risner is a consistent option with above average core strength. He’s the same player every play, which is a good thing considering the lack of consistency the Giants have endured at right tackle over the years.

Risner has solid balance and ability once he locks onto his target, but he could see problems against more athletic pass-rusher at the NFL level.

3.) Jeremy Parnell

If the Giants want to wait until 2020 to address the right tackle position, they should consider veteran Jeremy Parnell. The former Jaguar has had an above average career, but his play dropped off significantly in 2018. Kicking the tires on Parnell and hoping for one last quality season isn’t a bad idea –  this would be in favor of utilizing the Giants’ second-round pick on the defensive side of the ball or further building the wide receiver corps.

For the most part, Parnell has had a healthy career, missing just seven games in the last seven years of his career. He graded out as the 49th ranked tackle in the league (65.3 grade). He’s average in run and pass blocking at this point in his career, which is ultimately a step up from Wheeler’s abilities – 78th ranked tackle in the NFL, per PFF.

A one-year deal worth $3.5 million would likely do the trick.