New York Giants make big leap but have ways to go in pre-draft roster rankings

New York Giants, Cleveland Browns
Dec 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Colt McCoy (12) takes a snap against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Just how good is the New York Giants roster right now going into the NFL Draft? According to Pro Football Focus, the team has moved up to around the middle of the league. That might not sound like the most attractive spot if you ask the fans, but it’s a big improvement from where the Giants used to be. Headed into last season, after all, the team didn’t have too many expectations and few were surprised when the Giants quickly ended up low in the standings.

However, the team is getting a bit more recognition this offseason. And that’s before any pieces are even added in the draft.

In their rankings of all the rosters in the league, PFF chose to place the Giants around the middle at number 17.

Placing 17th may seem average, but for the New York Giants, this is big news. Their roster was among the worst in the league in the three years following their 2016 playoff appearance, but it took a step forward last year and took another big leap this offseason after two additions: wide receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.

Golladay established himself as one of the top deep threats in contested scenarios over the past few years in Detroit. His 53 contested catches and 1,072 deep receiving yards since 2018 are each a top-five mark at the position (keep in mind, he played in only five games in 2020).

Will the New York Giants move up further?

The team’s offseason isn’t done yet and they still have one crucial part left – the draft.

The Giants are in a great position with the 11th pick and it looks like they’ll come away with a talented player at a position of need regardless of which direction they end up leaning.

Between Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, a cornerback who would further add to an already good secondary such as Patrick Surtain, or the versatile offensive line prospect Rashawn Slater, it looks like the Giants are going to come away better than they started off.

Depending on what addition they make, they may just be boosted further above the middling rank they have at number 17 in the league.