New York Giants: Should The Giants Trade Up For An Elite Defensive Prospect?

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The New York Giants have holes all over their roster after a pitiful 5-11 season. The Giants have come up in plenty of rumors surround trades for quarterbacks. However, a trade not a lot of people have mentioned is one for an elite defensive prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Who Might The Giants Target In A Potential Trade?

The Giants currently hold the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. They do have a high pick, but they still are not likely to land one of the top 3 defensive players in the draft class unless a team in front of the Giants does something unexpected. There are 3 truly elite defensive prospects in this year’s NFL Draft.

Josh Allen is probably the best 3-4 outside linebacker in this draft class. He was spectacular during his collegiate years at Kentucky. Allen holds Kentucky’s all-time sack record. In his junior season, Allen racked up an impressive 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. He had a total of 88 tackles and even forced 5 fumbles. Allen was an impact player game in and game out. After an impressive close to his collegiate career, Josh Allen finds himself as a lock to be a top 4 pick in the draft. If the Giants want Josh Allen, they will need to trade into the top 4.

Quinnen Williams is not an edge rusher but he is still an elite, impact defender. Williams is an interior defensive lineman from Alabama. He has been praised as the 2019 Draft’s “can’t-miss” player. Quinnen was nearly unblockable in 2018. He finished the season with 71 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Williams was also especially impressive at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.83 40-yard dash caught the attention of scouts throughout the league. Quinnen Williams does not usually make it past the top 4 picks in mock drafts, so the Giants will need to trade up a few spots to land him.

Nick Bosa was considered the sure-fire 1st overall pick for quite a while. However, it looks like the Cardinals will be going quarterback with the 1st pick. Bosa will not have to wait long to be drafted though. He seems to be a lock at the 2nd overall pick to the 49ers. Bosa is a tremendous talent. Nick Bosa is the brother of NFL pass-rushing superstar Joey Bosa and has the potential to be better than Joey. In 2017, Bosa totaled 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, and 66 total pressures. If the Giants want Nick Bosa, they will need to trade up to the 2nd overall pick.

Why Would The Giants Trade Up For A Defender?

The Giants seem to be set on waiting as long as they can to get their next quarterback. It does not seem like they will be trying to draft one in the top 10 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft. If that truly is the case, why not go all in on defense and try to get the best player possible?

The Giants need an impact player on defense. The 2019 NFL Draft is filled with defensive talent. If the Giants are serious about improving the defensive side of the football, they should consider making a trade into the top 3 picks of the draft.

What Would The Giants Need To Trade?

The Giants hold the 6th pick and would need to trade all the way up to the 2nd overall pick in order to secure one of these players. The 6th pick is worth 1,600 points and the 2nd pick is worth 2,200, according to the Drafttek NFL Trade Value Chart.

This means the Giants would need to create an additional 600 points on top of the 6th pick. The 17th pick is worth 950, so the Giants might be able to trade both of their 1st round picks in order to get one of these players. However, if the Giants do not want to give up the 17th pick, they could still make the trade.

If the Giants offered the 6th pick, their 2nd round pick (worth 530 points), and their 3rd round pick (worth 120 points), they will have made up enough points to move up 4 spots and select a game-changing talent. Sure, the Giants could hold their breath and hope one of these players falls in their lap at 6. But if the Giants want to ensure they land a blue-chip prospect, they certainly have the draft capital to trade for one.

New York Giants Expecting Big Things From Newly Acquired Safety Jabrill Peppers

The New York Giants acquired Jabrill Peppers in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade.

The New York Giants essentially replaced Pro Bowl caliber safety Landon Collins with third-year swiss army knife Jabrill Peppers. While the two have completely different styles of play, it seems to be a clear swap at the position.

Peppers is a speedy jackknife type of athlete with the skill-set to cover receivers while also play the run, while Collins played the run predominantly and struggled in coverage. I can imagine defensive coordinator James Bettcher making Peppers his utility man that can play several positions.

In additional to Jabrill’s clear-cut skills, he’s also a premier return man, something the Giants have lacked greatly in recent years. They recently cut Quadree Henderson, a promising return specialist who fractured his shoulder in 2018.

Coincidentally, Peppers will take No. 21, Collins’ old number.

How will the New York Giants utilize Peppers?

The 23-year-old dynamic player will be featured in an interesting role. In 2017, he was placed at free safety where he struggled being far from the ball. He was primarily a ball-hawk due to his blazing speed, but he likes to be in the thick of hit, making tackles and being a part of the action.

“I would predict he can be their Swiss Army knife, but he does have a position,’’ Carl Banks, the former Giants linebacker, told The Post. “He has the ability to do so many things because of his athleticism. It comes down to him learning the defense and having a grasp of what to do. You can put on the film and see he’s a football player.’’

Peppers will pair up with Antoine Bethea in the backfield, working off the veteran and learning from his experience. I expect to see the younger of the two play close to the line of scrimmage and cover tight ends on occasion. The Giants have had extreme trouble against tight ends in recent years. Collins played a big part in that deficiency, but Peppers should help alleviate some of the concern, despite being less talented in stopping the run.

Nonetheless, the Giants will receive great value from Peppers at a fraction of the cost the Washinton Redskins dropped for Collins – 6 years, $84 million.

 

 

New York Yankees Finally Put Together Some Offense in Win Over Baltimore

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Just four days ago, the New York Yankees finished dropping a three game series against the Orioles at home. Now on the road, the Yankees finally pieced together some offense and beat the Orioles by a score of 8-4.

Gleyber Torres led the way

Gleyber Torres put together a game he won’t forget. Torres went 4-for-4 with two dingers and four ribbies.

His first time up, he roped a 1-1 splitter to left field and gone for a solo homer. His next time up, he cracked a double.

The third time he came to the plate, the Yankees were trailing 4-2 in the sixth inning, shortly after catcher Gary Sanchez had a homer himself. Torres took an 0-2 fastball to left for a three run home run to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. Torres also had a single in the eighth, and if he had another plate appearance, he would need just a triple for the cycle.

In the ninth inning, first baseman Luke Voit popped a 1-2 sinker into the seats for a three-run bomb, putting the Yankees up 8-4 to seal the deal.

Something that is worrisome about the game is the fact that Aaron Judge went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. He isn’t getting a ton of friendly calls behind the plate, but nonetheless he shouldn’t be striking out as much as he has been. Like we said yesterday, it’s all about situational hitting.

Big Maple’s first Yankee win

Getting a no decision in his first Yankee game, James “Big Maple” Paxton picked up his first Yankee win on Thursday against the Orioles.

Paxton pitched 5 1/3 innings while giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out nine and walking two. Paxton threw 99 pitches and threw first pitch strikes to 14 of his 25 batters. He got eight of his nine strikeouts on variations of his fastball, and was hitting 96 MPH consistently on the radar gun with the four-seam.

Once Paxton was finished, Tommy Kahnle came in for 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, followed by Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman with scoreless innings to close it out.

Reminder: We’re only seven games into the season. The Yankees are 3-4, but the Astros (who we play next) are 2-5 and the Red Sox are 2-6. Plus, the Cubs are also off to a 1-4 start. Those four teams area handful of the World Series favorites.

Fans just need to patient. The Yankees will heal, and they will win games.

The Yankees actually have Friday off with the whole home opener, next day off thingy. So the Yankees and the O’s finish off this three game series on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s game will be at 7:05PM on YES Network and Fox Sports Go. MASN may be available dependent on where you live and which TV provider you have, and that is another way to watch.

JA Happ gets the ball for the Yankees against the Orioles’ Dylan Bundy. That will be a rematch of this past Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

 

New York Giants Go QB And Defensive Line In ESPN Dual Mock

Should the New York Giants consider taking Clemson pass rusher, Clelin Ferrell?

The New York Giants have not one but two picks within the first round, and somewhat importantly, both of those picks are within the top 20 selections in the round. Which position the Giants decide to go for with these picks is a toss up right now, with good arguments being made for both the quarterback position and for help on the defensive line or the wide receiving corps, both of which have been depleted by offseaason moves.

When it comes to the analysts, there’s not quite a consensus on both picks yet, even though Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. remains the favorite for the first pick that the Giants make, in most predictions. ESPN released a dual mock draft with Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, and both experts disagreed on the second pick while believing that the Giants would take Haskins at number six overall.

“I’m sticking with Haskins to the Giants, even though they have a gaping void in their edge rush. I wouldn’t be shocked if they didn’t take a quarterback in Round 1, though,” wrote Kiper.

McShay elaborated a bit more, predicting the Giants to fix what he views as their biggest problem. “This is a tough call, but you just have to think the Giants take a quarterback here. They do need pass-rushers, but I don’t see them opting for Montez Sweat or Rashan Gary over taking care of their No. 1 problem.”

But things get interesting when you look at the predictions for the 17th pick, which as a mid round selection, is much more of a tossup than the sixth overall pick. Both analysts had the Giants selecting a defensive lineman from Clemson, but projected the team taking different ones.

Kiper believes that the Giants will take Clelin Ferrel, a defensive end, while McShay has them taking a defensive tackle in Christian Wilkins. While the former fills more of a need, the latter has been more highly regarded as a prospect for a longer time.

Here’s what Kiper said about Ferrel.

I gave New York a quarterback at No. 6, which means it has to address its pass rush with its other first-round pick. Ferrell is a prototypical 4-3 defensive end.

While on the other hand, McShay thinks that Wilkins can be part of a rebuild of the defensive line.

Big Blue undoubtedly needs edge guys, but that whole line is really in shambles. The versatile Wilkins would be a good start in rebuilding the unit.

Whoever the Giants spend their first and second picks on, the team has a chance to improve for next season through this year’s draft. Both the quarterback and the defensive line positions need more depth with Eli Manning aging and defensive players such as Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison leaving the team by trade during the last year or so. Giants fans will just have to hope that the players brought in around these positions are the right ones.

New York Giants Taking Long Look at Quarterback Drew Lock

The 2019 NFL Draft doesn’t offer the most talented crop of quarterbacks we’ve seen in years, but the New York Giants are in dire need of a signal caller to begin the successor process behind Eli Manning.

After the Giants passed on players like Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen in 2018, they put themselves in a position of uncertainty. Thus far, quarterbacks like Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray, Josh Allen, and now Drew Lock have all been linked to the team. If you want to learn a bit more about their abilities, check out the linked article.

General manager Dave Gettleman and co. will meet with Lock as a part of the top-30 visits, looking into his intangibles after an impressive showcase at his Pro Day. It has been reported that the team is most likely going to take a defensive player with the No. 6 overall pick, but it’s unclear whether that’s a reality. Many different narratives are built up throughout the course of the offseason, as specific players are rumored and linked consistently with essentially no truth behind it.

What does Drew Lock offer the New York Giants?

One of the primary aspects I really find exciting about Lock is his potential for growth. A season behind Manning could be beneficial for the Missouri product. His elite arm talent and frame make him a prototypical option going into the draft, but a lack of consistency has plagued his draft stock.

Lock’s abilities are full of inconsistency. On one throw he will drop a dime into the lap of a receiver and the next he will miss them by a mile.

Check out this throw – Lock puts it on a dime without using any lower body strength. His cannon of an arm slings the ball about 40-yards into the arms of his target.

Here’s an example of Lock overthrowing his man on an easy touch pass. This is the range of inconsistency he provides, and it could be directly linked to confidence. The Giants would certainly be getting a talented passer, but with the No. pick, they are better off taking Haskins or Murray.

New York Yankees: Gleyber Torres Picking up Slack in Absence of Injured Starters

The New York Yankees needed an offensive day on the book and boy did they get one out of shortstop Gleyber Torres on Thursday afternoon.

The regular second baseman was filling in for the injured Troy Tulowitzki at short when he came through with a historic performance – helping the Yankees avoid the worst seven-game start in the last 28 years.

Torres went 4-for-4 against the Baltimore Orioles in the come from behind win (8-4). He earned two homers — a solo and three-run jack in the sixth inning. He also collected a single and double in the breath-taking performance, earning four RBIs at the end of the day.

After starting the season 2-4 and striking out 18 times in a single game against the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week, it was time for the offense to begin producing.

There’s no question that Torres single-handedly won this game for the Bombers. Aaron Judge struck out four times, thrice looking – the only other consistent hitter in the lineup.

Other than the needed offensive production, starting pitcher James Paxton had a less than stellar day, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.

What lies ahead for the New York Yankees?

The Bombers will take on the Orioles two more times this week in Baltimore before they travel to the Houston Astros who are struggling even more. Houston is 2-5 in their first seven games of the season and will attempt to claw their way back into the positive against an injury-riddled Yankees team.

Hopefully, they can see Aaron Hicks back into his starting position in center field. He resumed baseball activities on Thursday morning.

 

New York Giants: Evan Engram Comes To Defense Of Eli Manning

Eli Manning might be the most controversial subject for the New York Giants going into the 2019 season, with a number of takes from all corners of the fanbase about what the team should do about the quarterback situation. There’s some that say that Manning cam still do it, others that think the Giants need to make a move immediately, an yet others who believe the team should think about the future while keeping Manning on board for now.

It’s safe to say that tight end Evan Engram, a player that’s expected to have good chemistry with Manning on the field if the team’s results are going to improve this year, is in the pro-Manning camp when it comes to opinions about the situation.

“[Fans and the media] just see Eli [Manning] make a bad read or Eli getting sacked. They don’t see that maybe there was a missed block here or a dropped ball there or a wrong route,” said Engram, while talking to NFL Network. “One person’s success is a lot of times based off the man next to him. A lot of people don’t see that; they just see where their eyes are taking them.”

There is truth to this point. It can be hard to analyze performances in the heat of the moment, while a game is still going. But on the other hand, one could argue that statistics are a more solid method of judging performances, and the numbers for Manning could be better.

Still, Engram has a point that the game isn’t won or lost by one player.

“Eli picks up every blitz. He knows who’s coming. We hold protection meetings. He still can throw the ball and drive the ball down the field and give us opportunities to go up and make plays. So, 100 percent, he still has it,” Engram responded when asked about if Eli can still run the offense.

At 38 years old, Manning’s age is a concern, but both players and the front office have come out saying that Manning is still capable of making the needed throws. While these figures are expected to support Manning rather than making a stir, it is worth considering that Manning’s play style has never been the most physically intensive one when compared to other quarterbacks, in the first place.

Engram himself is expected to be one of the targets for Manning this season, but will have an uphill climb after suffering injury last season and splitting more time with Rhett Ellison than anyone predicted during the preseason. Engram had a hard time getting back into things and for awhile many wondered if Engram was eventually going to end up traded.

That didn’t happen, and it looks like Engram will have another chance to prove himself in 2019, following a sophomore slump season that had three touchdowns rather than 2017’s six.