The New York Giants have a ton of options with the No. 2 overall pick, but finding the most quality is the essential point to hit when considering their avenues of play. They could go the direction of a quarterback, running back, or an offensive lineman. I wouldn’t rule out defensive lineman either for that matter.
But, for this mock-draft, I want to play off a specific scenario. For this specific draft, we will assume head coach Pat Shurmur thinks Davis Webb can be the future at quarterback for the Giants.
With that being said, let’s get started:
With the seconds winding down, the Giants decide to trade out of the No. 2 pick with the Denver Broncos. They move back to No. 5 and collect a 2019 first rounder and a second-rounder for this year.
The Broncos move up and virtually have their choice of quarterbacks depending on what the Cleveland Browns do.
This move gives the Giants the ability to snag Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson and still add value in picks for the future. Remember, Eli Manning ‘needs’ protection to successfully carry his offense, so snagging Nelson is an A+ selection. Another avenue they could still explore is Bradley Chubb, who would fill the shoes of the departed Jason Pierre-Paul.
I wouldn’t rule out the idea of Saquon Barkley still being available at No. 5. The Browns could decide to address the offensive line with the No. 4 pick.
FINAL PICK: G, Quenton Nelson
The Giants hold the No. 34 pick in the draft, which is the second pick in the second-round. They will surely have some exciting options available to them, but since they will have addressed the offensive line in the first, they can consider running back or linebacker in the second.
The two most enticing options that could be available are LSU running back Derrius Guice and Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.
In this situation, I would go with Vander Esch, as he is a good cover linebacker with quickness and athleticism. He exploded onto the scene in 2017 with 141 total tackles and two interceptions.
🚨 Draft Profile on Leighton Vander Esch dropping tonight 👀pic.twitter.com/bnATV5KEB0
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The Boise State linebacker would work well alongside Alec Ogeltree and Kareem Martin. His abilities in coverage is what separates him from the crowd.
FINAL PICK: LB, Leighton Vander Esch
Round two, pick two:
The Giants will address the defensive line with their additional second-round pick acquired from the Broncos.
A great rush from Sam Hubbard: get off + win with his hands + bend and finish. he doesn't have a great get off but the snaps he does.. whew boy. if i were a team i'd be obsessing over the reps he has like this and overdraft him (and someone probably will) pic.twitter.com/9p9e5axtLR
— Alistair Corp (@alistaircorp) March 15, 2018
They will look no further than Sam Hubbard from Ohio State. Hubbard has Joey Bosa size at 6-foot-5, 270-pounds. He has struggles with inconsistency, but would be a steal in the second round.
FINAL PICK: DE, Sam Hubbard
The Giants have two picks in the third-round of the draft, one of which was acquire from the Buccaneers in the JPP trade.
Two positions of need for the Giants in round three are cornerback and running back.
Maryland’s J.C. Jackson is a great value pick in the third. He has a troubled past that got him kicked off the team in Florida, but he has returned as a stand-up player and man for Maryland. He is a solid tackler with good instincts at corner.
His off the field issues will be the reason he slips to the third-round and will ultimately land the Giants a quality developmental corner with star potential.
FINAL PICK: CB, J.C. Jackson
For the Giants’ second pick in the third-round, they will be heavily looking into runningbacks. San Diego States’ Rashaad Penny will certainly be on the mind of GM Dave Gettleman in the third-round. He’s a bigger, power back with surprising speed and burst. He has the ability to hit that extra gear and speed past the second level, giving him a leg up on most other power backs in the draft.
Penny averaged 7.8 yards-per-carry in 2017 and recorded 2,248 yards on the ground. He also has soft hands and good ability in the passing game, making him an all-around back.
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As you can see from this clip, Penny has a very upright running style, which could present issues for him in the NFL. If he can improve his center of gravity, he could become an above-average runner.
FINAL PICK 2: RB, Rashaad Penny
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The Giants may look to take a big-bodied receiver in the fourth-round of the draft. Georgia’s Javon Wims could fit the bill nicely if the Giants decide to depart with veteran receiver Brandon Marshall.
Wims stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 214-pounds. For the Bulldogs, Wims produced big play ability when needed. He managed 720 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017.
Javon Wims is one of the top receivers in this year's draft, not sure why more people aren't talking about him 🤔 pic.twitter.com/it56k4FUoH
— Barstool UGA (@ugabarstool) March 22, 2018
FINAL PICK: WR, Javon Wims
Dave Gettleman is a master at finding late round talent on the offensive line. This time around, he will look no further than Appalachian State guard, Colby Gossett.
Gossett is a durable guard that played 46 straight games in college. He stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 304-pounds. He will need to increase his agility to handle faster interior rushers in the NFL, but he has tremendous ability and should be a high value pick in the fifth round for the Giants.