New York Giants

New York Giants Addressed 3 Different Positions With A Single Draft Pick

The New York Giants entered the 2018 offseason as one of the most underwhelming and disastrous franchises in professional football. Their grapple with success has been a five year ordeal, ever since the Super Bowl win in 2012.

The Giants and former incompetent general manager, Jerry Reese, were lost in a state of trance. A place where only skill players made sense on draft day and where offensive lineman came to die. A massive spending spree that solved the issues on defense only forced the offense to operate with less than adequate talent. Head coach Ben McAdoo filled the stadium with fans holding signs that expressed vulgar verbiage towards the spiraling coach.

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The team was in disarray, and owner John Mara knew something had to be done. The firing of Reese and McAdoo followed shortly after the benching of Eli Manning. Fast forward a few weeks and former Carolina GM Dave Gettleman was now leading the Giants into the most important offseason since 2004.

The consensus was that Big Blue would either address the quarterback position in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, or they would take running back Saquon Barkley. The team had immediate issues at the running back and offensive line positions. Protecting Eli Manning was a priority going into the offseason, so by logic, keeping him safe and calm in the pocket would be the expectation in 2018.

How did the Giants do that?

They chose Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick… The Penn State star isn’t only a running back, but he’s a receiver and premier blocker. At 234 pounds, Barkley acquires the ability to stop a linebacker in their tracks, and also swing out to the slot receiver position and run perfect routes. Taking Barkley at No. 2 didn’t just address the running back corps, but it also added value to the WR unit and Manning’s protection.

The value the young RB brings to the Giants will be essential to their game-plan for years to come, and his versatility on the field is what ultimately forced Gettleman to draft him.

6 comments

  1. Very good article Alex. I advocated a similar harangue (which seemed to fall on alot of deaf ears) on numerous occasions. The Giants have not been able to orchestrate ball control over the past five seasons. Having a RB with the talent of Barkley (and hopefully an improved offensive line) makes all the difference in the 4th quarter during crunch time. One key rushing 1st down, controls possession/the clock, keeps your defense off the field, and allows you to protect the slightest of leads (which the Giants have failed to do time-and-time again since 2012)!

  2. As a life long Giants fan I`ve been very disappointed with all the Eli bashing over the last couple of years. Eli may not be a top ten QB but given adequate support he is still far better than most starting QB`s in the NFL. I wasn`t (and still aren`t) certain Barkley was the right choice at #2 but I do believe he will benefit the offense quite a bit and take some of the pressure off of Eli. If the “O” line does a decent job this year it could well be a big turn around for Big Blue. I`m excited !!

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