Ballentine is now back and practicing at OTA’s. Corey Ballentine is possibly the Giants’ most underrated 2019 draft pick. It is rare to see a 6th round rookie make an immediate impact on a team, but here is why we should expect to see Ballentine see a solid amount of playing time:
Corey Ballentine Defensive Stats And Highlights:
The New York Giants’ secondary is now light years ahead of where it was in 2018. Big Blue went from having little to no depth in their secondary to having an abundance of quality players in just one offseason.
Corey Ballentine is one of those quality players. Ballentine played at a small, Division II school, Washburn, for four seasons. He did not receive an abundance of playing time as a freshman, but once he got his opportunities, Corey Ballentine lit it up in his final three seasons.
Ballentine earned 6 starts in 12 games as a sophomore in 2016 and played his way to honorable mention All-MIAA honors. Corey recorded 65 tackles that season with 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and 5 pass breakups.
In Corey’s junior season, MIAA coaches named him first-team all-conference as the 12-game starter posted 54 tackles and seven pass breakups on the year.
As a senior, Corey Ballentine recorded 50 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups, and 3 interceptions. He was a true playmaker in Washburn’s secondary and was a first-team all-conference defender.
Corey is a speedy corner with nice size. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and was one of the fastest players at the Senior Bowl, clocking in at 21.6 mph. which was the second fastest on the North Team. Ballentine is 5 feet 11 inches, 196 pounds and has lanky arms which NFL scouts loved.
One player that really stood out was CB Corey Ballentine. 5’11 188
Corey Ballentine used his size and athleticism to be an impact player for Washburn’s defense, but it does not end there. Ballentine was a defensive phenom, but also a special teams extraordinaire.
Corey Ballentine Special Teams Stats And Highlights:
Corey Ballentine’s presence on special teams was felt instantly during his sophomore season. He recorded a team-high 10 special teams tackles that year.
In 2017, Corey’s junior year, Washburn gave him the opportunity to return kicks. This paid dividends, as Ballentine ranked fifth in Division II by averaging 30.6 yards per kick return. The Giants have not had a serious threat returning kicks in years, so they will certainly hope that Ballentine can change that.
Ballentine was not just an impactful kick returner. In his senior season, Corey was a terror on special teams, recording 3 blocked kicks in one season. Giants fans should know how important it can be to have a talented special teams player that can block kicks.
Corey Ballentine was a do-it-all player at Washburn for 4 seasons. His impact on both defense and special teams was more than enough to make the Giants draft him in 2019, despite already addressing the cornerback position earlier in the draft. Ballentine is a talented defensive back who will make an impact on defense and special teams for the Giants for years to come.
The New York Jets love Sam Darnold so much they went out and got his right tackle from college. The Jets selected Chuma Edoga, tackle from USC with the 92nd pick in the third round. This may please the franchise quarterback, but will it really help protect him?
The New York Jets Sought After Chuma
The Jets traded up one spot with the Vikings to make this selection happen. The Jets gave up a 7th round selection to do so. They probably felt pressured to do so after the center from Penn State, Connor McGovern, went to the Cowboys at the 90th pick.
Edoga started the last two years at Right Tackle for the Trojans and appeared in games all four years. He stands at 6’3″, weighing in at 308 pounds; which is a shade small for a tackle. The optimist would say he could work his way to Left Tackle, which would be optimal after Kelvin Beachum wears out his contract. At the Senior Bowl, he spent the whole week on the left side, and the reviews were positive:
Edoga left his high school in Georgia as the state’s #1 guard prospect. He was moved to Right Tackle in Southern California. His strength is in the running game, and not in pass protection. For that reason, in conjunction with his size, he projects to the right side of the line. This may be needed if Brandon Shell struggles while recovering from his knee surgery in December.
Edoga doesn’t project to start right away. He should provide some much-needed depth and even provide a flexible 6th man type of role. The offensive line depth chart is currently in flux. Kelvin Beachum will return as Left Tackle, with Brandon Shell at Right Tackle. Jonotthan Harrison seems to resume the Center position and Brian Winters at Right Guard. The Jets also acquired Kelechi Osemele to secure the left guard spot. Adding Edoga will create young competition on the line.
Both Edoga and Brent Qvale should plug and play in certain spots. New Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack has his work cut out for him.
GM Mike Maccagnan said he likes Chuma’s potential and thought he had the ability to play both Left and Right Tackle as well as Guard. The Jets might be best suited to return Edoga to his former position and move him inside. This team is woefully lacking interior depth along the line. Edoga should be ready to go at any position, as he is the type of player who would benefit greatly from experience. Jets fans will most likely see Edoga on the field this year. Whether that is as a reserve or a starter will remain to be seen.
The New York Jets made two trades in the 4th round before making their selection. Eventually, they selected Tight End Trevon Wesco from West Virginia with the 121st pick overall. This pick might have received little fanfare if it weren’t for the reaction of analyst Brian Baldinger:
While there is no player that compares to Gronkowski, Wesco is a mountain of a man. He stands at 6’3″ and roughly 270 pounds. Wesco is able to use this frame to be an ideal 3 position player and has played in the Y, F, and H positions. Mel Kiper praised Wesco as the best blocking Tight End in the draft.
How Wesco Matches Up
Although Chris Herndon was a pleasant surprise last year, Tight End is still considered a position of need for the Jets. The best blocking Tight End is Eric Tomlinson who is a morale booster but more known for missed assignments and drive killing penalties. Wesco will also have to beat out Jordan Leggett, whose talent and potential has yet to be realized.
Wesco did not start until this past season, but he made the most of it. He became a reliable target for Will Grier, hauling in 26 passes for 366 yards in 10 games. Those numbers are good for a gaudy 14 yards-per-catch. However, Wesco was not targeted much in the red zone and only had 1 touchdown reception. Let’s keep in mind that the Mountaineers also had David Sills and Grier had a penchant for running the ball.
Back-to-back Mountaineers taken in the 4th-round of the #NFLDraft.
Herndon, by comparison, had 40 receptions for 477 yards and 4 touchdowns during his last year as a Hurricane. Herndon also benefited by appearing in most of Miami’s games in his previous two seasons as well. That experience led to a breakout rookie campaign, catching 39 passes from Darnold for 502 yards and 4 touchdowns. Herndon is unquestionably the Jets’ starter.
How Wesco Fits In the New York Jets Scheme
Comparing Trevon Wesco to Rob Gronkowski is simply unfair. Gronkowski had two very productive seasons at the University of Arizona. He compiled 75 receptions for almost 1200 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a pro, what Gronkowski has taught us is that a Tight End can be an effective blocker as well as an elite receiver.
Brian Baldinger may have meant that having an extra blocker who can catch is what will open up the playbook 25%. He certainly did not mean that we can devise a game plan around an unproven rookie who only has one full year in an FBS program. In any case, the Jets have needed help at Tight End for years, and Wesco certainly can’t hurt.
The New York Jets biggest need was Edge rusher prior to the draft. The Jets used the 68th overall pick in the 3rd round to select Jachai Polite, linebacker from Florida. Polite should project well into Gregg Williams’ new aggressive scheme.
Apparently, the Jets front office had Polite very high on their boards:
The #Jets take #Florida pass-rusher Jachai Polite, who they believe is the 2nd best pass-rusher in the draft.
Polite has the numbers to warrant the praise as well. Last year Jachai racked up 49 tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss, and 11 sacks. He did all of this at Florida while playing as a 3-4 Outside Linebacker. All Jets fans know that has been a position of need for years.
This is how one scout described Florida DE/OLB Jachai Polite: "He doesn't have issues; he IS an issue." The talent is there, but can he buy into the program? Boom-or-bust pick by the #Jets.
Polite does come with some baggage though. He only has one year as a starter, where he picked up 11 of his 15 career sacks. That same year Polite also racked up 6 of his 8 career forced fumbles. He left the Combine with bad remarks about two of his interviews; following a 4.84 40-yard dash that did not impress. Some of the comments following the pick were that he is a talented player but not polished.
Can New York Jets DC Gregg Williams Get The Most Out of Him?
Some anonymous scouts have told us that Polite could never start in his first year. Others see him as a pure pass-rusher and never as a 3-down linebacker. I believe the Jets will eventually see value from this 3rd round pick.
Speaking of the 3rd round, that’s where the Jets got one of their current starters in Jordan Jenkins. Granted, Jenkins was a much more polished prospect at the time. Gregg Williams has already stated that he is not comitting to one particular scheme, but we can expect a fair amount of his customary 3-4. Williams’ defensive schemes have always been a hybrid and rotated their depth.
I have a feeling Polite will be on the field this year. He may not be a day-1 starter, but our new defensive guru should get some use out of him. Let’s all remain hopeful as we review some of his tape:
The New York Jets held the 3rd pick for the second year in a row and did not disappoint the second time around. The Jets chose to take the best player available after there had been much trade speculation earlier in the week. The Jets selected Quinnen Williams, a defensive tackle from Alabama, who just might be the most talented player in the draft.
Tale Of The Tape
Williams has all the experience in the world coming from perennial playoff contender Alabama. Last season, Quinnen racked up 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks. That record was good enough to win the Outland Trophy for the nation’s best interior lineman. He also received one first-place vote for Heisman, finishing 8th in the final vote. Some analysts compare him to Aaron Donald, and it was easy to see why at the combine:
What People Are Saying:
General Manager Mike Maccagnan thinks that Williams has the ability to play up and down the line. This should help the aging Steve McLendon, and give new coordinator Gregg Williams another tool to work with. The entire Jets front office must like to hear that Quinnen is the highest graded defensive lineman of the past 5 years for Pro Football Focus:
Alabama teammate and fellow first-round pick Jonah Williams describes the defensive start as a ‘300-pound bar of soap’. NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah had Williams as the 2nd-best player on his board. Drafting players with a top overall pick can be challenging, but Quinnen Williams is universally regarded as a top talent.
What This Pick Means For The Jets
The Jets still have needs to fill on both sides of the ball. With no 2nd round pick to start the draft, getting the 3rd overall pick right was paramount. The 2019 draft also happened to the deepest defensive line group in recent memory.
The Jets got both value and talent by selecting Quinnen Williams. Quinnen will also make the other Williams’ happy in the coming seasons. Gregg will be able to get the most out of Quinnen and Leonard by moving them around the line. The return of the New York Sack Exchange might not be so far away.
Finally, it is April 25, the 2019 NFL Draft begins tonight. It has been a long wait but we are finally here. This highly anticipated NFL Draft will be crucial for the New York Giants‘ and the New York Jets‘ futures.
Here is a final, 32-team 1st-round mock draft with trades, featuring the Jets and Giants both acquiring premium pass rushers and making trades.
Kyler Murray is the most talented quarterback in this draft class. After winning the Heisman in 2018 behind 54 total touchdowns and, 4,361 yards through the air, and an incredible 1,001 yards on the ground. He is the ultimate dual-threat quarterback. The Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray connection is no joke. The Cardinals have been trying really hard to smokescreen their interest in Bosa in order to scare the 49ers into trading up one spot, but it will not happen. Murray is Kingsbury’s guy and the 49ers will not fall for it. I also predict that Josh Rosen will be traded during the draft.
Pick 2- San Fransisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Nick Bosa is the best pass rusher in this loaded defensive draft class. He has the potential to be a better player than his brother Joey, and he is a perfect fit with San Fransisco’s culture. The 49ers need a pass rusher and they will get the best one to come out in the past two years.
Pick 3- Washington Redskins (TRADE): Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State
The Jets are reportedly “determined” to trade down and the Redskins have made it clear they are looking to trade up for a quarterback. The Redskins have shown they are not afraid to give up the farm for a quarterback they like (see RG3 in 2012). Haskins is the best pure pocket passer in this draft and the Redskins are ready to find their next guy.
The Oakland Raiders have holes all over their defense and are in desperate need of a defensive superstar after trading away Khalil Mack. Rumor has it the Raiders will make a surprise move, however, with the best player in this year’s class on the board (Williams) I do not see the Raiders passing up on him.
Pick 5- Tamba Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, Linebacker, Louisiana State
The Bucs lost Kwon Alexander in free agency and have shown a lot of interest in Devin White. White is an impact player. A speedy linebacker who is effective in the run and pass. He will be a great piece in Tampa’s defense.
Pick 6- New York Giants: Josh Allen, Edge Kentucky
Dave Gettleman is reportedly “obsessed” with getting a pass-rusher with the 6th pick. Josh Allen falls to the 6th pick and he is an instant, run to the podium pick for the Giants. Edge rusher is possibly the Giants’ biggest need and Allen is the best pass-rusher available.
Josh Allen broke Kentucky’s single-season sack record in 2018 with 17 total sacks. Allen is solid against the run too, with a total of 88 tackles, including 21.5 tackles for loss.
The Jaguars just signed Nick Foles to a huge contract in free agency and need to protect him. Taylor is the top tackle on the board and the Jaguars have shown a lot of interest.
Pick 8- Atlanta Falcons (TRADE): Ed Oliver, Interior Defensive Lineman, Houston
The Falcons have shown a lot of interest in Ed Oliver and reportedly are interested in trading up for him. If he manages to fall this far, the Falcons will make that move and get a great defensive playmaker on their interior.
Pick 9- Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The Falcons just traded ahead of the Bills and took the guy Buffalo wanted. I think the Bills will look to trade back here, but they will not find any takers. The Bills go with the best playmaker available in order to give young quarterback Josh Allen a true weapon on the outside. There may be concerns regarding his agility and route running, but his pure speed, strength, and size cannot be disputed.
The Broncos cut Brandon Marshall earlier this offseason and are likely to move on from Danny Trevathan soon, too. They have shown a lot of interest in this year’s linebacker class and Bush is the best linebacker available.
Pick 11- New York Giants (TRADE): Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke
The Bengals are heavily interested in drafting a linebacker, but with the two best linebackers off the board, I predict they will trade back and accumulate more picks. Daniel Jones is Gettleman’s guy. I don’t see him forcing this pick at 6 but I do see him being aggressive enough to move up for Jones. The Cutcliffe and Manning connection that Jones has is clearly influencing Gettleman’s decision here as he tries to secure the Giants’ future franchise quarterback.
Pick 12- Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Hockenson is the best tight end in the draft and the Packers need to get Aaron Rodgers a tight end. Jimmy Graham is declining and has not shown great chemistry with Rodgers thus far. Getting a young, talented tight end in this offense will allow the Packers to reap the benefits.
The Houston Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the league. They need to protect their young quarterback, Deshaun Watson. The Dolphins are in total rebuild mode and are hoping to stack future picks in order to find their quarterback in 2020. Jonah Williams is arguably the best offensive lineman in the draft class. He was impressive in pass-protection and as a run-blocker at Alabama. Whether he plays tackle or guard in the NFL remains to be seen, but the Texans could use an upgrade at both positions, so Williams is a perfect pick here.
Pick 14- Detroit Lions (TRADE): Greedy Williams, Cornerback, Louisiana State
After trading back with the Falcons, the Lions stack up on draft capital and turn their secondary into one of the league’s best, pairing this draft’s best corner with Darius Slay.
Pick 15- New York Jets (TRADE): Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
The Jets passed on an elite defender with the 3rd overall pick in favor of trading back to accumulate more picks. Now at 15, the Jets take the best defensive playmaker available at a position of need. Brian Burns out of FSU is a true speed rusher off the edge who will step in and make an instant impact.
Rashan Gary’s draft stock has taken a huge hit recently as many have questioned his lack of production in college. Recent reports indicate Gary also has a shoulder tear which is hurting his draft stock.
Noah Fant is an athletic, talented tight end out of Iowa. The Bengals missed out on the Dwayne Haskins sweepstakes, but that does not mean they can’t get some help for Andy Dalton. The Bengals have dealt with a lot of injuries at the tight end position and it is time to find the right guy to replace the Tylers for the long term.
The Vikings offensive line has been their weakness for a couple of years now, and Kirk Cousins needs some protection up front. Cody Ford did a phenomenal job at Oklahoma blocking for great quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He might play guard in the pros, but like the Texans, the Vikings can use help all over the offensive line.
Pick 19- Tennessee Titans: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
Another edge defender who has suffered a recent fall in draft stock is Montez Sweat. Sweat lit up the 2019 NFL Combine, but, unfortunately, it was recently discovered that Montez has a heart condition. This discovery has hurt his draft stock, however, the Titans are searching for an edge rusher and Sweat is talented enough to be picked in the top 20.
Pick 20- Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington
The Steelers are thin at cornerback, with their best player at that position being a 30-year old Joe Haden. Murphy is arguably the best cornerback in this draft class, and he fills a big need for Pittsburgh.
Ferrell is a player that used to get some top-10 buzz, however, his stock has recently evened out in the mid teens to twenties. The Seahawks just traded away Frank Clark to the Chiefs opening up a hole on the edge. Ferrell will be a nice fit in Seattle’s defense.
Pick 22- Baltimore Ravens: N’Keal Harry, Wide Receiver, Arizona State
There might be some questions regarding Harry’s speed, however, a big possession receiver might be exactly what the Ravens need. Lamar Jackson needs a true number one wide receiver, and the Ravens will find one for him in this draft.
The Dolphins traded back in order to accumulate more draft picks, but they still get an extremely talented player with the 23rd pick in Christian Wilkins. The Dolphins have not been able to find a solid replacement for Ndamukong Suh– until now.
Marshawn Lynch officially retired this week and the Raiders have shown a lot of interest in Josh Jacobs. Jacobs was a productive back for Alabama and will be a great fit in Oakland’s backfield.
Pick 25- Philadelphia Eagles: Nasir Adderley, Safety, Deleware
Adderley is a quick free safety with good range and the ability to cover deep. The Eagles already have a box safety with Malcolm Jenkins, but this could be a great pairing for Philadelphia.
Pick 26- Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, Interior Defensive Lineman, Notre Dame
The Colts demonstrated their need for an interior defensive lineman in the playoffs, letting Chiefs running back Damien Williams rush for 129 yards and a touchdown against them. Jerry Tillery is an underrated prospect who will help the Colts sure up their interior.
The Raiders passed on an edge rusher with the 4th pick, but they will definitely look to get one with one of their three 1st-round picks. Winovich was the more productive of the two Michigan edge rushers and is a sleeper player who could slip into the 1st round.
Pick 28- Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State
The Chargers’ offensive line got beat up in the playoffs against the Patriots. They need an upgrade on the offensive line and tackle Andre Dillard should step in and be an immediate improvement.
Somehow, due to team needs, Drew Lock falls all the way to the 29th pick. The Seahawks have reportedly been interested in trading back and the Broncos have been interested in Lock for a while. I predict the Broncos will get aggressive and trade up for the falling quarterback prospect. Lock’s fall could be reminiscent of Aaron Rodgers’s.
Pick 30- Green Bay Packers: Johnathan Abram, Safety, Mississippi State
Adrian Amos was an excellent pickup for Green Bay in free agency, but he will play more of a coverage role in the Packers’ defense. Opposite of Amos, the Packers could draft Johnathan Abrams to be a box safety and aid in run support.
Pick 31- Los Angeles Rams: DeAndre Baker, Cornerback Georgia
The Rams need a pass-rusher, but they are too wise to reach on one here. Instead, they end up with one of the best cornerbacks in the draft class with DeAndre Baker. Baker would be a great fit with the Rams as they try to add some talented, youthful to their secondary.
Pick 32- New England Patriots: Jeffrey Simmons, Interior Defensive Lineman, Mississippi State
Simmons is a risky prospect. To start, he suffered a torn ACL this offseason and might miss the entire 2019 season. On top of that, he has a red flag with a 2016 assault incident in which Simmons hit a woman. Simmons is one of the most talented players in the draft, but his off the field issues will cause him to fall. There is no better team to fix off the field issues than the New England Patriots. Bill Billechick will solve Simmons’ problems and make sure they never occur again.
Those are my predictions for the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Feel free to debate this mock with me on Twitter: @anthonyrivardo7.
The 2019 NFL Draft begins this Thursday, April 25. The New York Giants hold the 6th overall pick and the 17th overall pick in the 1st round of the draft. This draft will be crucial for the Giants’ future.
The Giants passed on a quarterback last year. With the 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Giants drafted running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, however, the Giants have been continuously scrutinized for passing up on a quarterback.
The Giants’ current quarterback, Eli Manning, is 38 years old and well past his prime. The Giants need to find Manning successor as soon as possible in order to be prepared for Manning’s inevitable departure.
For this and many other reasons, the 2019 NFL Draft is crucial for the Giants’ future success. General Manager Dave Gettleman is fully aware of this. Gettleman needs to crush the 2019 NFL Draft in order to secure his future in New York.
Dave Gettleman’s Controversial 2019 Offseason
Dave Gettleman has gotten away with a lot this offseason. He has made multiple moves that have been heavily scrutinized from fans and experts alike. Moves such as trading Odell Beckham Jr. and refusing to franchise tag Landon Collins have brought a lot of controversy to the Giants.
Dave Gettleman needs to make these moves look reasonable with a strong draft in 2019. Collins and Beckham were two young, talented players who made a great impact during their time in New York. Getting rid of these players leaves big shoes to fill on the Giants’ roster, and Dave Gettleman needs to fill those shoes.
If Dave Gettleman does not find solid replacements for Odell and Landon (whether at their positions or elsewhere), he will look like a fool for letting them go. Big losses need to be replaced with big wins. If Dave Gettleman can somehow bring in two superstar players from this year’s draft class, then his past decisions will not look as bad.
One of those two superstar players will need to be on defense. The Giants have holes all over their defense and are in need of an impact player. With the 6th pick, the Giants could look to draft players such as Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver, Devin White, or Josh Allen. The other superstar player will need to be a quarterback.
The Giants’ Future At Quarterback
General manager Dave Gettleman has been open about his interest in drafting a quarterback. The question is, which quarterback piques Gettleman’s interest? Whatever answer to that question Gettleman comes up with will define his future success with the Giants.
Dave Gettleman has a lot of options at the quarterback position in the 2019 NFL Draft. Kyler Murray is likely to be the 1st overall pick, so the Giants will not have a chance to get him. However, quarterbacks such as Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, and Daniel Jones will all be in consideration for the Giants in the 1st round.
If Gettleman drafts a bust at the most important position in the NFL, it will be difficult for the Giants to keep him on the payroll. There is no position more important than the quarterback position, which is why Gettleman needs to make sure he gets the right guy at that position.
Whoever Gettleman drafts at the quarterback position will be expected to start for the Giants for the next 10-15 years. Anything less than a 10-year starter is a disappointment and a failure of a draft pick. The Giants cannot keep a general manager who disappoints and fails at his job.
If Dave Gettleman gets the right man for the quarterback job, he will be admired as a successful manager who set his team up to win for the next decade. That will warrant trusting in Gettleman for the future.
The 2019 NFL Draft is less than one week away. On Thursday, April 25, the New York Giants will be on the clock with the 6th pick in the draft. But their Thursday night will not end there. The Giants also hold the 17th overall pick in the draft.
Many fans are skeptical of Dave Gettleman and his ability to evaluate talent. Gettleman’s main critique is that he does not understand or emphasize positional value. Despite this, there are reasons to believe Dave Gettleman will crush the 2019 NFL Draft.
Gettleman Crushed The 2018 NFL Draft
In 2018, the Giants fired their former general manager Jerry Reese. This was a long-time coming. Many fans were anticipating this moment. Reese’s biggest problem was his inability to draft starting players. So when the Giants fired Jerry Reese, fans were happy.
That was until Dave Gettleman came along. He was not exactly the fan’s choice, but he was the owner’s choice, so here we are one year later praying that they made the right choice.
Dave Gettleman and the Giants had a rocky 2018. They finished a disappointing 5-11 and traded away multiple key players. But with the downside came some strong upside, too.
The Giants had an incredible 2018 NFL Draft. Their 2018 draft class produced three instant starters with the potential for at least one more starter down the road. Gettleman managed this with only 6 total draft picks. Their first selection, Saquon Barkley, won AP Offensive Rookie Of The Year and looks to already be one of the best players in the NFL.
Fans were skeptical of Dave Gettleman prior to the 2018 NFL Draft, but he delivered. Giants fans should be confident that Dave Gettleman will deliver again in the 2019 NFL Draft.
No One Knows The Giants’ Plans
A lot of talk in the media surrounding the Giants has been about Dave Gettleman’s “plans.” No one has any clue what his plan is. Sometimes this can be greatly frustrating and detrimental to the team and fanbase. However, with the NFL Draft, this is a strong positive to pull away from Gettleman.
Over the past week, every single day, a new rumor pops up regarding the Giants’ draft plans. Each new report contradicts the last report. The Giants have done more homework on quarterbacks than any other NFL team, but no one actually knows who their favorite quarterback prospect is.
According to Matt Miller, their favorite quarterback is Dwayne Haskins. According to Charles Robinson, it is Daniel Jones. According to Adam Schefter, it is Josh Rosen. According to Jordan Raanan, it is Drew Lock. And finally, according to Ian Rappoport, it is between Haskins and Jones. No one knows the Giants’ plans and this is exactly the way it should be.
Last year at this time, everyone knew what the Giants were going to do in the draft. We all knew they would draft Saquon Barkley with the 2nd overall pick and we all knew they would go offensive lineman in round 2. This year, we have no clue what they are going to do.
This means that no other team in the NFL knows what the Giants will do either. The Giants are a complete wildcard in this year’s draft. They could go so many different ways with their picks because they have so many of them. The Giants have all of the leverage in the world with teams looking to trade picks or players.
Last year, the Giants had no leverage because everyone knew who they wanted. This year, the Giants could take advantage of other teams. And, most importantly, no one knows who the Giants want, so they will not be desperately trying to trade up ahead of the Giants and take their guy.
The New York Giants are heading into a crucial NFL Draft for the franchise’s future. After passing on a quarterback in 2018, the question is whether or not the Giants draft one in the 2019 NFL Draft. With two 1st-round picks and 12 total picks, the Giants have plenty of options at quarterback.
However, some recent reports seem to suggest that the Giants do not plan on drafting a quarterback with their first draft pick. Rumor has it the Giants will look to get the best defensive player available with the 6th overall pick. Fortunately for the Giants, they also have the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
This gives the Giants the ability to draft a defender and try to draft their franchise quarterback, too. The only issue is whether or not a quality quarterback will be available for the Giants with the 17th pick. One possibility for the Giants is a potential trade up in the draft to secure their future franchise signal-caller.
The Broncos Are Reportedly Interested In Trading Back
The Denver Broncos hold the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Broncos seem to be in full rebuild mode and are looking to stockpile draft picks for the future. This could be the reason for the Broncos to move back in the draft.
According to multiple reports, there is a “growing sense” that the Broncos want to trade back. The Broncos love linebacker prospect Devin White but he is unlikely to still be available when the Broncos are on the clock. Because of this, it might be wise for the Giants to trade back in the NFL Draft.
The Broncos also need a quarterback, but they do not seem to find the need to be as pressing as the Giants do. The Broncos have been mostly linked to Missouri quarterback prospect Drew Lock. If they trade back, there is a chance the Broncos will still be able to draft Lock. Additionally, the Broncos have also reportedly shown interest in Ohio State quarterback prospect Dwayne Haskins.
But if the Broncos decide they prefer Drew Lock to Dwayne Haskins, it might be wise for them to trade back and let someone else have Haskins. Could that someone else be the Giants?
Why The Giants Should Consider Trading Up With The Broncos
The Giants do have a starting quarterback in Eli Manning. However, Manning is a 16-year veteran quarterback nearing the end of his career. The Giants need to prepare themselves for the post-Manning era. This is why they should take a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.
If the Giants have identified Dwayne Haskins as their next franchise quarterback, they will need to trade up for him (if they choose to go defense with the 6th pick). After the 6th pick, there are not any suitors for Haskins until the Broncos at 10.
The Jaguars at 7 have Nick Foles on a massive contract. The Lions at 8 are pleased with Matthew Stafford. And the Bills at 9 drafted their quarterback, Josh Allen, just last year. But, at the 10th pick, the Broncos sit with an aging Joe Flacco at quarterback. Not the ideal situation in 2019.
Despite this, the Broncos are considering trading back. Maybe they do not identify any quarterbacks in this draft class as franchise guys. It is possible they will be looking towards the 2020 NFL Draft or that they will try to trade for Josh Rosen.
Regardless of their reasoning for wanting to trade back, the Giants should pounce on the opportunity to trade up. The Giants will only need to give up their 2nd round pick (and the 17th pick, obviously) in order to move up 7 spots. But, if doing this would allow the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback, it will be well worth it.
Why The Giants Might Want To Trade Up For Dwayne Haskins
Dwayne Haskins could potentially be that next franchise quarterback for the Giants. In just one year as a starter in college, Haskins broke multiple records on his way to finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Dwayne Haskins finished his 2018 season with 4831 passing yards, 50 touchdown passes, and only 8 interceptions. His willingness to sit behind Eli Manning will make him an attractive draft target to the Giants. Haskins is a pure, pocket-passing quarterback.
If Dwayne Haskins is able to take some time, learn, and develop, Haskins could be exactly what the Giants are looking for in their next franchise quarterback.
The New York Giants‘ roster is filled with holes. On defense, and on offense, the Giants are missing multiple key players. At quarterback, the Giants seem to be set for 2019 with Eli Manning. However, Eli Manning is 38 years old. The Giants will have a hole open up at the quarterback position as soon as Eli retires. That is unless the Giants draft a guy to step in once Eli retires.
Fans and analysts have been speculating that the Giants could draft Manning’s heir apparent with the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But is it possible they find their guy later in the draft? Here is what history has to say:
Finding a franchise quarterback after round 1 is an extremely difficult task. It is a rare occasion. But, it is not impossible. Looking within the division, the Giants’ arch-rival, the Dallas Cowboys, found their quarterback after round 1. Dak Prescott was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Dak is not the only “franchise quarterback” in the NFL who was not drafted in round 1. Russell Wilson is one of the most notable recent mid-round franchise quarterbacks. Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Since then, he has lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory and been to 5 Pro Bowls.
Despite this, it is still rare for franchise quarterbacks to be taken after round 1. 26 of the 47 NFL quarterback that have won Super Bowls were taken in the 1st round of the draft. 14 of them were the 1st overall pick. The 2nd round has only produced 3 Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
Statistically, 1st round quarterbacks have had significantly better careers than those of the later rounds. However, there are a few outliers that give teams hope that they can find their guy later in the draft. Who could the Giants draft at quarterback in the middle of the 2019 NFL Draft to be their outlier?
A Great 2019 Draft Option:
There is one quarterback option in the 2019 NFL Draft that could be a late or mid-round sleeper. Out of Buffalo, Tyree Jackson has flashed true NFL potential.
Tyree Jackson has the perfect size to play the quarterback position at the next level. He is 6 feet 7 inches, 245 pounds. The strong-armed quarterback had an impressive junior year to put him on NFL scouts’ radars. In 2018, Jackson threw for 3,131 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions.
Jackson’s talents do not end with his passing ability. Tyree Jackson is also a threat on the ground. Jackson racked up 7 rushing touchdowns in 2018. He is not only tall, but Jackson is also fast. At the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Tyree ran a 4.59 40-yard dash. He has the speed and arm strength to be a serious dual-threat at the next level.
Tyree Jackson is 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds and just ran a 4.59u 40-yard dash 👀 @UBFootball
Tyree Jackson is similar to Josh Allen. However, Josh Allen was a top-10 pick last year. Jackson will be available after round 3. Both quarterbacks are tall and athletic. They both have incredible arm strength. Jackson compares well to Allen and many other quarterbacks to come out in recent years. However, playing at Buffalo, Jackson did not play much top-end competition, causing him to be looked at as a mid-round prospect.
This could make Tyree Jackson the 2019 NFL Draft’s biggest steal. He might need a couple of years to develop, but Jackson has the potential to be a great player at the next level. If the Giants do not take a quarterback in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they need to target Tyree Jackson in the later rounds.
6’7”? ✅ Avoiding pressure? ✅ On the move? ✅ 40+ yard throw? ✅ DOT? ✅ TD? ✅