With the NFL draft coming quickly, the anticipation is building. With all the changes of the offseason, there are a lot of questions about what the New York Giants starting roster is going to look like.
There is still a lot of time between now and Week 1, but it is never too early to take a look at what the team will look like.
Let’s look at the offensive side of the ball and who the starters will be:
LT Nate Solder:
Solder was signed from the New England Patriots this offseason, making him the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL. He is a huge upgrade to the line and will help protect his quarterback.
LG Will Hernandez:
I am convinced that GM Dave Gettleman will find a way to draft Will Hernandez, whether he falls into the second round, or if the Giants need to trade up to get a “hog molly”. Hernandez is one of the best interior offensive linemen in this draft and brings a level of physicality that is perfect for what the Giants are looking for.
C Brett Jones:
After Weston Richburg was put on IR last season, Jones showed he has the ability to be a quality starter at much lower price tag than Richburg. Jones ceiling has not been hit yet either, look for him to improve from last season.
RG Patrick Omameh:
Omameh was signed to be a starter. Although he may not have been the best lineman for the Jaguars last season, he was still part of a unit that was near the top of the league in run blocking. Omameh has experience at left and right guard, so he provides some versatility to this unit.
RT Ereck Flowers:
Flowers was originally drafted as a left tackle, and that is what he played in college. But there was always speculation that his skills were better suited to play on the right side. The prediction here is the experiment to put him at right tackle proves to be the right decision. Watch him thrive at the right tackle spot.[sc name=”StubHub”]
Even with all the talks of whether or not the Giants will draft a quarterback, I do not see any situation where Eli is not the starter this year and possibly years to come still.
Odell Beckham Jr.:
That’s right everybody, OBJ is not going anywhere. Whether he is given a new contract before the season remains to be seen, but Odell will continue to play for Big Blue
It may be a shock to people that Marshall is still on the roster, but the fact is, he is a relatively cheap, veteran that can still perform on the field and brings the right attitude to the locker room. Look for a healthy Marshall to bounce back after a disappointing 2017 campaign.
With Shepard coming into his third season in the NFL, I am expecting him to continue to get better. Because of all the injuries last season, Shepard put in some time as the WR1 for his team. That experience should have helped him develop even more chemistry with Eli Manning.
Engram had a tremendous rookie season, but still has plenty of room to grow. Look for Engram to be a big part of this offense. He will continue to work to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
Yes, I said it. Saquon Barkley will be a New York Giant after they take him with the #2 overall pick. Yes, they drafted Wayne Gallman last year and signed Jonathan Stewart this offseason, but Barkley is a talent the Giants will not be able to pass up.
This is a very early, pre-draft prediction of what the offense will look like for the New York Giants, but this should provide a lot of excitement. As I was putting this together, I began to realize more that the Giants truly are only a few pieces away from having a very potent offensive.