How the New York Giants can Bolster Multiple Positions in the 2019 NFL Draft

Alexander Wilson
New York Giants, Eli Manning
Dec 24, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Every player has a different valuation placed on their head during draft time, whether it be a current player in the NFL or a prospect looking to take the big leap. Teams have their specific needs and value their own players accordingly to determine who is worth keeping or letting go. For the New York Giants, it was star wideout Odell Beckham Jr., which will influence the upcoming draft significantly.

The Giants acquired the No. 17 overall pick, which gives them the opportunity to grab two top talents and apply them directly to positions of weakness. The defense seems like the most logical allocation of draft capital, but the quarterback position is still in need of assistance.

The New York Giants will stick with their trusty steed:

With Eli Manning set to enjoy the 2019 season as the starting signal caller, it gives the Giants an opportunity to groom a young passer behind him. Now, the misconception could be that it ‘has’ to be a draft pick.

This fact is what makes Josh Rosen so attractive for Big Blue. They can essentially grab a top 10 pick from a quarterback-heavy 2018 draft and still have walked away with Saquon Barkley. Most reports have stated that the Arizona Cardinals are  looking to select Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, which implies Rosen being shopped.

It all comes down to what Arizona wants in return, as they seem to have a first-round selection placed on Rosen’s head, and with the No. 17 overall pick, the Giants could grab him.

Personally, I wouldn’t give anything more than a second round pick for Rosen. The Giants have the No. 37 pick available to utilize, but that’s the most capital they should be willing to part with. If Arizona is truly set on sending Rosen to the highest bidder, Gettleman should wait it out until his value drops – once word is out that Murray will go No. 1 it will force them to accept the highest offer, and the Giants’ second rounder is higher than San Diego’s or New England’s, the two teams rumored to have interest in the passer.

What grabbing Rosen would mean for the New York Giants:

Not only would Rosen be in line to be Manning’s successor, but it would solidify the most important position on the field and allow the Giants to draft two premium defensive players.

Players like linebacker Devin White, edge rusher Ed Oliver or Josh Allen, and even defensive tackle Quinnen Williams could drop to the No. 6 overall pick. Any of these options would make an immediate impact on the team.

Check out our latest mock draft for an idea defensive scenario.

A young defensive core and upgraded offensive line would put the team in a good position moving forward. Laying the foundation to build on is nearly complete, and this offseason could be the start of something special.