As the New York Giants leave the 2018 NFL draft behind, they must begin to look forward to the upcoming season, and how they can put themselves in a position to win. By addressing the linebacker corps, defensive line, running back position, and offensive line, they are already light years ahead of the 2017 squad.
Adding Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Lorenzo Carter, B.J. Hill, and R.J. McIntosh through the draft assists greatly in building a balanced team that’s strong in the trenches. But the key factor for the 2018 season will be the performance of 2017’s weakness.
The essential unit:
General manager Dave Gettleman made it a priority to overhaul the offensive line and start anew. He signed left tackle Nate Solder to a monster contract and brought in former Jaguars guard, Patrick Omameh. In addition, he drafted UTEP standout Will Hernandez in the secound round of the draft (first-round value).
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The current line looks like this:
LT: Nate Solder
LG: Will Hernandez
C: Brett Jones
RG: Patrick Omameh
RT: Ereck Flowers/Chad Wheeler
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While the entire line consists of new starters there are still concerns. The entire right side of the line is a liability, especially at right tackle. Flowers is preparing to be released and Wheeler is still unproven. Omameh struggled in the run game last season, but has decent pass protection grades. Brett Jones performed valiantly at center in place of the injured Weston Richburg in 2017, but it’s unknown if he can perform at a high level for an entire season.
Depth is where things get scary, as the Giants host the likes of John Jerry, Jon Halapio, and John Greco. The three John/Jon’s represent the only quality support, and their quality is limited severely. It’s possible Greco pushed Omameh out at the right guard position.
The Giants spent a ton of capital to improve Eli Manning’s protection this season, and they must hope their investments pay off, because the battered 2017 was largely due to a lackluster offensive line.