The entire offseason, New York Giants fans have been told to be patient because General Manager Dave Gettleman has a plan. Some fans have listened to that advice more than others, with some calling for Gettleman to be fired after moves such as the Odell Beckham Jr. trade and others claiming that it would be unfair to judge a General Manager this early, especially after Gettleman performed fairly well last year in the role.
And for that plan, which Gettleman himself has spoken about at length, the NFL Draft would be one of the most important moments. This year’s draft, for better or worse, is going to have an effect on the team for years to come. If the draft class tanks, it could set the Giants back for even longer. If the Giants aced the draft, it could help with performing a quick turnaround.
So now that two picks are in the books and the Giants have selected Daniel Jones and Dexter Lawrence, is it still too late to judge Gettleman’s plan?
One cannot build a good plan on a fatally flawed foundation and it looks like passing on Dwayne Haskins Jr. or even waiting until their second pick and selecting Drew Lock at number 17 overall, could be that fatal flaw in the plan’s foundation. The team management clearly believes that Daniel Jones is the future of the quarterback position for the Giants, and yet, there’s very few others who would agree with that assessment.
It was somewhat reasonable to ask the fans to have faith in Gettleman’s plan before. After all, Gettleman entered this offseason following the draft which brought in Saquon Barkley, a move which obviously turned out well. Other moves such as taking Will Hernandez in the second round and bringing in defensive back Grant Haley as an undrafted free agent even turned out well, too, as well as this offseason’s move to send off underperforming outside linebacker Olivier Vernon.
But the Beckham trade was questionable and now, it looks like Gettleman has burnt down whatever goodwill was remaining by taking a player that is typically only considered the third or fourth best prospect at the position. Not only that, but quarterback is an important position, perhaps the most important.
If this pick goes the way that many believe it will, it could result in the Giants quarterback problems continuing not just over the next couple of years, but for the next four to five years until the team eventually pulls the plug on Daniel Jones. Assuming Jones takes over for Manning eventually as the full-time starter and lasts at least a couple of years in that role.
After taking a turn like this and showing where the much spoken about plan is heading, Giants fans shouldn’t feel bad about looking at their general manager with a critical eye. Gettleman’s plan, after all, might leave the Giants stuck in the league’s quarterback basement well into the 2020s.
The New York Giants make another questionable but potentially valuable pick with defensive tackle from Clemson, Dexter Lawrence. Clemson’s dynamic duo, Lawrence and Christian Wilkins were one of the most powerful in collegiate football.
The Giants grabbed a great player in Lawrence who can rush the passer and disrupt the line of scrimmage. Pairing him with Dalvin Tomlinson and BJ Hill in DC James Bettcher’s 3-4 scheme will be very beneficial.
Massive defensive tackle with the size, length, power and relative athleticism to play a variety of positions in either a 3-4 or 4-3 front. While Lawrence certainly has his share of flashes on tape, he’s never really turned into the playmaker that many expected him to become after his freshman year. However, many of the best defenses in the NFL have had interior linemen with the traits and power Lawrence possesses. While he has the ability to play in any scheme, he might be at his best as a read-and-react run-stuffer with the ability to stymie running games with his size and force.
Impressive athleticism and health in 2018 built his draft stock to a point where the Giants and GM Dave Gettleman simply couldn’t pass on a strong option. Building out the trenches has been a priority for Gettleman, so this pick makes sense given the needs.
The New York Giants made another mind-blowing mistake and drafted quarterback, Daniel Jones. The Duke passer has shown some valuable attributes but has ultimately looked underwhelming against better collegiate teams.
Jones is a pocket passer with the ability to run for extra yardage. Imagine Eli Manning but more mobile – Jones is the most experienced quarterback of all the options, which was likely valued by the Giants brass.
This past week, rumors arose that the Giants would take Jones with the 6th overall pick. It’s safe to say, most did not believe this was a reality, especially with players like Josh Allen and Ed Oliver still on the board.
What does Daniel Jones bring to the New York Giants?
Jones has a prototypical body for an NFL quarterback, standing at 6â€™5â€³, 220-pounds. His abilities on the other hands have been put into question as of late. In 2018, he racked up 2,674 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His stats donâ€™t even compare to Haskinsâ€™ 50 scores and eight interceptions. Despite the difference, Jones has an attractive array of skills that offers plenty of value for the Giants.
Three years of experience with Duke helped push him to the top of the draft for Big Blue. Additionally, he was scheduled to attend Princeton, making him not just a great athlete, but an extremely intelligent one as well.
Physical Traits and Stats
Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 221 Hands: 9 3/4â€ 40-yard: 4.81 3-Cone: 7.00 Shuttle: 4.41 Bench Reps: N/A Broad Jump: 120.0 Class: Senior Major in Economics High School: Charlotte Latin High School (NC)
The Denver Broncos are in a bit of a pickle with star corner, Chris Harris. He’s demanding an extension and the Broncos aren’t biting, yet. Could this be an opportunity for the New York Giants to trade for the talented defender? Potentially… especially if they’re looking to let Janoris Jenkins go in 2020.
Jenkins’ cap-hit will be just $3.5 million in 2020, which bodes well for the Giants if they’re looking to replace him for a variety of potential reasons – poor play, age, a simple change. However, having a player of his quality on such a low cap hit might be beneficial. The Giants could potentially add Harris to the mix with their plethora of cap space – anticipating over $90 million.
What would Chris Harris bring to the New York Giants:
Let’s get one thing out of the way – compensation for a potential trade. The Broncos would likely snag a third-round pick for Harris given he plans to hold out until his contract is over if they don’t extend him on a massive deal. He’s seeking $15 million-per-year, which would make him the highest paid corner in the NFL.
Adding him to the secondary would solidify a weak Giants’ unit for the next few years. Keeping Jenkins past 2020 could also be reasonable given his price tag isn’t astronomical.
Last season, Harris collected 10 pass defended and three interceptions, one of which he ran back for a touchdown. His coverage abilities are premium, justifying his elevated price tag, and making him enticing for the Giants.
However, Arizona Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson could also be on the trading block. Reports of him being unhappy in Arizona have bubbled to the surface, which indicates a potential deal in the near future. He would likely cost a team a player and a few draft picks, but he’s on the of the best cornerbacks in the NFL on a team-friendly deal. He’s a free agent in 2021, so bringing him on might be too pricey for the Giants considering the current state of the team, but he’d surely be beneficial.
DJ LeMahieu had two hits and three RBIs to help dig the New York Yankees out of a five run deficit to beat the Angels 6-5.Â The Yankees have now won six consecutive games.
DJ saves the day
Tyler Wade led the sixth inning off with an infield single, and scored the next pitch off a double by LeMahieu. LeMahieu scored a few batters later on a passed ball by Angels’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
In the seventh, Wade drew a bases-loaded walk to score a run. LeMahieu hit a sacrifice fly and Luke Voit hit a fielder’s choice, each scoring a run to tie it up.
After two outs to start the ninth, Wade singled to start a rally. With LeMahieu up, Wade stole second before he was knocked in to go ahead.
Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning as the Yankees held on for the win.
Luke Voit extended his on-base streak with a walk in the first, now at 35 games. He also had a hit to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Three away from 3K
CC Sabathia struggled a bit in his third start of the season, but his three strikeouts put him three away from 3,000 on his career.
CC allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings, giving up six hits and three home runs. He got 14 first pitch strikes to 22 batters. Sabathia had trouble keeping it on the ground, getting eight fly-balls to just five ground-balls.
Jonathan Loaisiga finally got some work in, however it was out of the bullpen. He was originally expected to start one of the Anaheim games.
The righty pitched three innings in relief, allowed two hits and picked up the win. He walked one and struck out one. Loaisiga was also optioned to AAA following the game.
Game four of the series takes place on Thursday at 9:07PM (ET) on YES and Fox Sports Go. Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball for the Yankees against Trevor Cahill of the Angels.
Finally, it is April 25, the 2019 NFL Draft begins tonight. It has been a long wait but we are finally here. This highly anticipated NFL Draft will be crucial for the New York Giants‘ and the New York Jets‘ futures.
Here is a final, 32-team 1st-round mock draft with trades, featuring the Jets and Giants both acquiring premium pass rushers and making trades.
Kyler Murray is the most talented quarterback in this draft class. After winning the Heisman in 2018 behind 54 total touchdowns and, 4,361 yards through the air, and an incredible 1,001 yards on the ground. He is the ultimate dual-threat quarterback. The Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray connection is no joke. The Cardinals have been trying really hard to smokescreen their interest in Bosa in order to scare the 49ers into trading up one spot, but it will not happen. Murray is Kingsbury’s guy and the 49ers will not fall for it. I also predict that Josh Rosen will be traded during the draft.
Pick 2- San Fransisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Nick Bosa is the best pass rusher in this loaded defensive draft class. He has the potential to be a better player than his brother Joey, and he is a perfect fit with San Fransisco’s culture. The 49ers need a pass rusher and they will get the best one to come out in the past two years.
Pick 3- Washington Redskins (TRADE): Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State
The Jets are reportedly “determined” to trade down and the Redskins have made it clear they are looking to trade up for a quarterback. The Redskins have shown they are not afraid to give up the farm for a quarterback they like (see RG3 in 2012). Haskins is the best pure pocket passer in this draft and the Redskins are ready to find their next guy.
The Oakland Raiders have holes all over their defense and are in desperate need of a defensive superstar after trading away Khalil Mack. Rumor has it the Raiders will make a surprise move, however, with the best player in this year’s class on the board (Williams) I do not see the Raiders passing up on him.
Pick 5- Tamba Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, Linebacker, Louisiana State
The Bucs lost Kwon Alexander in free agency and have shown a lot of interest in Devin White. White is an impact player. A speedy linebacker who is effective in the run and pass. He will be a great piece in Tampa’s defense.
Pick 6- New York Giants: Josh Allen, Edge Kentucky
Dave Gettleman is reportedly “obsessed” with getting a pass-rusher with the 6th pick. Josh Allen falls to the 6th pick and he is an instant, run to the podium pick for the Giants. Edge rusher is possibly the Giants’ biggest need and Allen is the best pass-rusher available.
Josh Allen broke Kentucky’s single-season sack record in 2018 with 17 total sacks. Allen is solid against the run too, with a total of 88 tackles, including 21.5 tackles for loss.
The Jaguars just signed Nick Foles to a huge contract in free agency and need to protect him. Taylor is the top tackle on the board and the Jaguars have shown a lot of interest.
Pick 8- Atlanta Falcons (TRADE): Ed Oliver, Interior Defensive Lineman, Houston
The Falcons have shown a lot of interest in Ed Oliver and reportedly are interested in trading up for him. If he manages to fall this far, the Falcons will make that move and get a great defensive playmaker on their interior.
Pick 9- Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The Falcons just traded ahead of the Bills and took the guy Buffalo wanted. I think the Bills will look to trade back here, but they will not find any takers. The Bills go with the best playmaker available in order to give young quarterback Josh Allen a true weapon on the outside. There may be concerns regarding his agility and route running, but his pure speed, strength, and size cannot be disputed.
The Broncos cut Brandon Marshall earlier this offseason and are likely to move on from Danny Trevathan soon, too. They have shown a lot of interest in this year’s linebacker class and Bush is the best linebacker available.
Pick 11- New York Giants (TRADE): Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke
The Bengals are heavily interested in drafting a linebacker, but with the two best linebackers off the board, I predict they will trade back and accumulate more picks. Daniel Jones is Gettleman’s guy. I don’t see him forcing this pick at 6 but I do see him being aggressive enough to move up for Jones. The Cutcliffe and Manning connection that Jones has is clearly influencing Gettleman’s decision here as he tries to secure the Giants’ future franchise quarterback.
Pick 12- Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Hockenson is the best tight end in the draft and the Packers need to get Aaron Rodgers a tight end. Jimmy Graham is declining and has not shown great chemistry with Rodgers thus far. Getting a young, talented tight end in this offense will allow the Packers to reap the benefits.
The Houston Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. They need to protect their young quarterback, Deshaun Watson. The Dolphins are in total rebuild mode and are hoping to stack future picks in order to find their quarterback in 2020. Jonah Williams is arguably the best offensive lineman in the draft class. He was impressive in pass-protection and as a run-blocker at Alabama. Whether he plays tackle or guard in the NFL remains to be seen, but the Texans could use an upgrade at both positions, so Williams is a perfect pick here.
Pick 14- Detroit Lions (TRADE): Greedy Williams, Cornerback, Louisiana State
After trading back with the Falcons, the Lions stack up on draft capital and turn their secondary into one of the league’s best, pairing this draft’s best corner with Darius Slay.
Pick 15- New York Jets (TRADE): Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
The Jets passed on an elite defender with the 3rd overall pick in favor of trading back to accumulate more picks. Now at 15, the Jets take the best defensive playmaker available at a position of need. Brian Burns out of FSU is a true speed rusher off the edge who will step in and make an instant impact.
Rashan Gary’s draft stock has taken a huge hit recently as many have questioned his lack of production in college. Recent reports indicate Gary also has a shoulder tear which is hurting his draft stock.
Noah Fant is an athletic, talented tight end out of Iowa. The Bengals missed out on the Dwayne Haskins sweepstakes, but that does not mean they can’t get some help for Andy Dalton. The Bengals have dealt with a lot of injuries at the tight end position and it is time to find the right guy to replace the Tylers for the long term.
The Vikings offensive line has been their weakness for a couple of years now, and Kirk Cousins needs some protection up front. Cody Ford did a phenomenal job at Oklahoma blocking for great quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He might play guard in the pros, but like the Texans, the Vikings can use help all over the offensive line.
Pick 19- Tennessee Titans: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
Another edge defender who has suffered a recent fall in draft stock is Montez Sweat. Sweat lit up the 2019 NFL Combine, but, unfortunately, it was recently discovered that Montez has a heart condition. This discovery has hurt his draft stock, however, the Titans are searching for an edge rusher and Sweat is talented enough to be picked in the top 20.
Pick 20- Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington
The Steelers are thin at cornerback, with their best player at that position being a 30-year old Joe Haden. Murphy is arguably the best cornerback in this draft class, and he fills a big need for Pittsburgh.
Ferrell is a player that used to get some top-10 buzz, however, his stock has recently evened out in the mid teens to twenties. The Seahawks just traded away Frank Clark to the Chiefs opening up a hole on the edge. Ferrell will be a nice fit in Seattle’s defense.
Pick 22- Baltimore Ravens: N’Keal Harry, Wide Receiver, Arizona State
There might be some questions regarding Harry’s speed, however, a big possession receiver might be exactly what the Ravens need. Lamar Jackson needs a true number one wide receiver, and the Ravens will find one for him in this draft.
The Dolphins traded back in order to accumulate more draft picks, but they still get an extremely talented player with the 23rd pick in Christian Wilkins. The Dolphins have not been able to find a solid replacement for Ndamukong Suh– until now.
Marshawn Lynch officially retired this week and the Raiders have shown a lot of interest in Josh Jacobs. Jacobs was a productive back for Alabama and will be a great fit in Oakland’s backfield.
Pick 25- Philadelphia Eagles: Nasir Adderley, Safety, Deleware
Adderley is a quick free safety with good range and the ability to cover deep. The Eagles already have a box safety with Malcolm Jenkins, but this could be a great pairing for Philadelphia.
Pick 26- Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, Interior Defensive Lineman, Notre Dame
The Colts demonstrated their need for an interior defensive lineman in the playoffs, letting Chiefs running back Damien Williams rush for 129 yards and a touchdown against them. Jerry Tillery is an underrated prospect who will help the Colts sure up their interior.
The Raiders passed on an edge rusher with the 4th pick, but they will definitely look to get one with one of their three 1st-round picks. Winovich was the more productive of the two Michigan edge rushers and is a sleeper player who could slip into the 1st round.
Pick 28- Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State
The Chargers’ offensive line got beat up in the playoffs against the Patriots. They need an upgrade on the offensive line and tackle Andre Dillard should step in and be an immediate improvement.
Somehow, due to team needs, Drew Lock falls all the way to the 29th pick. The Seahawks have reportedly been interested in trading back and the Broncos have been interested in Lock for a while. I predict the Broncos will get aggressive and trade up for the falling quarterback prospect. Lock’s fall could be reminiscent of Aaron Rodgers’s.
Pick 30- Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Abram, Safety, Mississippi State
Adrian Amos was an excellent pickup for Green Bay in free agency, but he will play more of a coverage role in the Packers’ defense. Opposite of Amos, the Packers could draft Johnathan Abrams to be a box safety and aid in run support.
Pick 31- Los Angeles Rams: DeAndre Baker, Cornerback Georgia
The Rams need a pass-rusher, but they are too wise to reach on one here. Instead, they end up with one of the best cornerbacks in the draft class with DeAndre Baker. Baker would be a great fit with the Rams as they try to add some talented, youthful to their secondary.
Pick 32- New England Patriots: Jeffrey Simmons, Interior Defensive Lineman, Mississippi State
Simmons is a risky prospect. To start, he suffered a torn ACL this offseason and might miss the entire 2019 season. On top of that, he has a red flag with a 2016 assault incident in which Simmons hit a woman. Simmons is one of the most talented players in the draft, but his off the field issues will cause him to fall. There is no better team to fix off the field issues than the New England Patriots. Bill Billechick will solve Simmons’ problems and make sure they never occur again.
Those are my predictions for the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Feel free to debate this mock with me on Twitter: @anthonyrivardo7.
As New York Giants fans we sub-consciously prepare for the worst. Whether it be the drafting of Eli Apple or the trading of Odell Beckham Jr., we are simply versed in the art of mind-blowing decisions.
So, ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft in which nobody really knows what’s going to happen, here’s your emotional breakdown guide.
Step 1: Go to the store and buy your favorite beer – a 12 pack should suffice, because, well, we are Giants fans and something has to go wrong, right? Alcoholism is our best friend on draft night – embrace it.
Step 2: Go to Home Depot and buy plaster and wooden planks, because shit is getting broken tonight fellas. If Daniel Jones’ name is called at either No. 6 or No. 17, my walls will be like the Northern Wall in Game of Thrones, destroyed.
Step 3: Clear out the house of all life forms, as they’re in peril of death or injury if they disturb the peace of draft night.
Step 4: Ensure you have two devices streaming the draft, just in case your WalMart bought wifi cuts out right before the Giants make their pick.
Step 5: Prepare post draft snacks – all that anger and emotion will cause you to be hungry. In fact, buy your favorite snack, it’s the only thing that will console you if the Giants screw this up again.
Step 6: Don’t forget to unlock the door before going to sleep, your significant other/pet will want to re-enter the house after spending several hours outside waiting for your emotions to die down.
There you have it, folks. The 2019 NFL Draft emotional guide. It’s not perfect and should be amended to your preferences. Just remember, we are all in this together, and at the very worst we still have Saquon Barkley to cheer for.
Over the past six seasons, the New York Giants have had a losing record in five. After an 11 win season in 2016, the team responded the following year with a 3 win season. Heading into the 2018 draft, the new front office came out endorsing Eli Manning as their quarterback for years to come.
With the 2nd pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Giants selected Saquon Barkley. For how sensationalÂ Barkley was his rookie season, the Giants still finished 5-11. Fast Forward to 2019, Giants are entering tomorrowâ€™s draft with a different mindset. It is widely regarded across the NFL that the Giants will be leaving the draft with Eli Manning’s successor. In a draft loaded with elite defenders, the Giants are faced with drafting for positional need or taking the top player on their board.
The New York Giants are Preparing for Change:
The biggest question of all pertaining to the draft is obviously pertaining to the 6th pick. Dave Gettleman has been adamant about sticking to his board. Reported first by ESPNâ€™s Jordan Raanan, Gettleman states, â€œYou can’t draft for need. You’ll get screwed every time. You’ll make a mistake.â€
While this quote certainly makes sense, one aspect must be examined. If the quarterback is not the top player on their big board, should he even be selected? For example, there have been rumors around the league that the Giants will pass on a quarterback at 6, but will trade up from 17 to grab a quarterback. With that in mind, if the Giants donâ€™t feel heâ€™s worthy of the number 6 pick, how do they have confidence in him to lead the franchise for the next 5-10 years.
While the name â€œEliâ€ is certainly a sensitive topic in and around the organization, the Giants are hoping their next quarterback can be their last for a very long time. The Giants are an organization that prides themselves on stability. For better or worse, the organization has shown that they do not like change. Whether it be their coaches, front office, or quarterback going into his 16th season, the Giants have proved that when they make a decision, they stick with it. For what itâ€™s worth, at the NFL owners meeting in March, Mara was the only owner who voted against changing the onside kick rule.
With this philosophy in mind, picking the wrong quarterback in this year’s draft will be detrimental to the franchise. Look at the Jets, who after years of misery have finally found their franchise quarterback. If you think the Giants are in a bad place now, imagine waiting another 3 years until they consider a new quarterback. Just like this year, the next quarterback chosen is just as much of a risk.
Perhaps the best value move of the draft could be acquiring Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals. For the right price, the Giants could acquire Rosen in what would be a minimal risk with potentially high reward. If the Giants could get Rosen, the would only have to pay him $6.24 million over the next three seasons. This would be an absolute steal for the Giants if Rosen proved legit. Having a young quarterback with cap space and draft capital is a dream scenario for any general manager.
Like any other young prospect, there would be no guarantee that Rosen is going to be their next Eli Manning. On the other hand, itâ€™s easier to move on from a quarterback with little invested than if he was taken as a first-round pick.
As Gettleman assured all offseason, the Giants are not going to overreach for any position in the 2019 draft. For now, all we can hope is that the front office is confident in their decision. This crucial night is going to decide the fate of their team and fanbase for many years to come.
So we are a mere 10 hours or so from the draft and teams are all doing their best to create intrigue and not let anyone know their plans. That is every team other than the New York Giants who are telling everyone they’re fine with one more year of a decomposing Eli Manning throwing wounded ducks to the opposition and begging the refs to blow the whistle before he gets hit like Popke from the Texas State Armadillos.
Unfortunately for the Giants and their fans, Dave Gettleman is fine with this, and there’s a 40% chance he may actually try Scott Bakula at QB before drafting a new one. At least he traded OBJ for 20 cents on the dollar and didn’t offer the number 17 pick to Seattle for Frank Clark. If they get Clark, they can take a QB at 6 or trade down, get extra picks and still get a premier pass rusher(one who will be better than anyone they’re going to draft this season, since they are in win-now mode.) Maybe they’re tanking for Tua, which would be fine if they weren’t wasting what could be 1/2 to 1/3 of Saquon Barkley’s prime.
Enough about a team that has quietly become an NFL laughingstock here’s my mock draft:
1. Arizona Cardinals-Nick Bosa
Kyler Murray will be the best player from this draft, and they have already alienated Josh Rosen. Steve Keim is working on a masterful shitty GM run so not taking Murray and bringing back a disgruntled Rosen is totally the move for him. Adding Bosa will help the team lose 21-3 vs 35-3 most games, so guess it’s a sabremetricÂ pick.
2. SF 49’ers Quinnen Williams
Adding him to a young and developing defensive line is the right move for SF with Bosa off the board. A trade down is possible if Murray is still on the board and a smart team wants to move up and grab him.
3. NY Jets Jonathan Allen
Who gives a shit?
4. Oakland RaidersÂ Kyler Murray
This scenario scares me the most as a Giants fan. David Carr is the worst case scenario for a trade and is the exact type of stop-gap solution that Gettleman constantly seems to take. If they can convince Eli to ride off into the sunset and bring in Carr and his eyeliner I’m going to start following the Toronto Argonauts.
5. Tampa Bay BucsÂ Â Â Devin White
Replacing one athletic linebacker who can’t diagnose plays or call a defense with another….cool. Doug Martin was the super hamster because the Bucs are stuck on a metaphorical hamster wheel as a franchise. At least their being led by W eater and Uber connoisseur Jameis Winston.
6. NY GiantsÂ Â Ed Oliver
I can totally see them taking OT Jawaan Taylor here and further alienating their fanbase, but Oliver seems to be the consensus best available player. Maybe they’ll go linebacker and look at Devin Bush, or maybe Gettleman will trade the pick for Malik McDowell and Germaine Ifedi and say he got two first rounders back, the possibilities are endless.
7.Â Jacksonville JaguarsÂ T.J. Hockenson
Building their offense around a middling QB, an injury prone RB, and alienating your best young defensive players? It’s a Tom Coughlin throwback team!! With Nick Foles playing Eli Manning, Leonard Fournette as a rich mans Brandon Jacobs, and just look at the back and forth between Coughlin and Ramsey. Taking a target for Foles to toss 10-yard outs to will totally help erase the memory of Big Play Blake.
8. Detroit LionsÂ Rashaan Gary
Haloti Ngata retired, Ziggy Ansah is gone and someone has to try to play defense for these guys right?
9. Buffalo BillsÂ Jawaan Taylor
If Josh Allen isn’t upright who will throw 50/50 balls 40 yards down the field? I still think they should have stuck with Nathan Peterson.
10. Denver BroncosÂ Drew Lock
Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian,Â Case Keenum….Lock is absolutely the next guy in that succession of sub-mediocre QB’s. When does John Elway start feeling the heat for wasting a great defense’s prime?
11. Cincinnati Bengals Rashaan Gary
The Red Rifle rides again and the Bengals will be without Vontaze Burfict which makes them 80% less crazy and 30% less effective. Gary is a solid pick to restock the coffers.
12. Green Bay Packers Noah Fant
Make the offense look a little better up until Rodgers gets his now annual season-altering injury. Maybe they should take Dwayne Haskins to play the 8 games Aaron Rodgers misses.
13. Miami Dolphins Cody Ford
I guess an offensive lineman is the least likely pick to get wins. This team is so obviously tanking their new coach is already pissed off about it. Can NFL trade picks for cash like the Phoenix Suns use to do all the time? Or draft players to stash in Europe…I think the Dolphins are going to take one of those options if available.
14. Atlanta Falcons Clelin Ferrell
They’re set up the middle so why not get an edge rusher to pair with the eminently blockable Vic Beasley? It doesn’t matter who they take Matt Ryan turned into Texans era Matt Schaub after blowing the Superbowl.
15. Washington Redskins Dwayne Haskins
Washington gets to take a QB who was so good he took a national championship contender and managed to lead them out of the playoff picture. Haskins is going to be the biggest bust in the draft, which makes him a perfect selection for Washington.
16.Â Carolina Panthers Devin Bush
Thomas Davis is aging and Luke Kuechly and his concussions are scary. The perfect player to slide in to replace them falls all the way to 16 and there is no giant unathletic receiver to tempt the Panthers.
Rumors always seem to be linked with the New York Knicks and their fans. Â The internet most recently gave us this gem.
Say the Phoenix Suns end up with the number one overall pick and the Knicks get the second. Â What would the Knicks be willing to give up to move up to the number one spot.
Rumor has it, the Suns are â€œin loveâ€ with Ja Morant. Â More than Zion Williamson, which is WILD. Â The Suns are crazy anyway. Â They did take Deandre Ayton over Luka DonÄiÄ‡, so this would not surprise me.
However taking a look at the Suns roster, they do not have a true point guard. Â Especially since the team traded away Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee. Â So, the Suns are in desperate need of a point guard. Â Morant could be their guy, but this is all speculation at this point.
What Would The Knicks Give Up?
So, lets say the Suns are at 1 and the Knicks are at 2. Â The Knicks may be willing to move up to get Zion, if the Suns do indeed prefer Morant over Williamson. Â What and who would they trade?
Knicks Give: 2nd overall pick, Mavericks unprotected 1st round pick, possible 2020 1st round pick and young up-and-coming players. Â My guess, Allonzo Trier, Kevin Knox and/or Mitchell Robinson, players with upside. Â Frank Ntilikina can be thrown in their too, since rumors about him being dealt on draft night surfaced months ago.
Suns Give: 1st overall pick, Jamal Crawford and a 2020 2nd round pick.
Obviously if this scenario were to occur, the Suns wouldnâ€™t want a big haul for the number one pick. Â If the Knicks think Zion is the next coming of Jesus then they have to do everything in their power to make it happen. Â A player like this does not come around often, so I would be throwing everything at the Suns for number one pick aka Zion.
Honestly, if the rumors are true. Â Williamson will be there at number 2 for the Knicks if the Suns love Morant. Â However, these days you can not believe everything you hear. Â Zion will still be the number one pick.