New York Giants Expected To Have 11 Picks In 2019 NFL Draft

New York Giants. Dave Gettleman, Pat Shurmur

The New York Giants are heading into the offseason with a disappointing 5-11 record. That record awarded them the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. In this draft, the Giants are expected to have eleven total draft picks. With that kind of draft capital, the Giants should be expected to make some big moves this offseason.

Where Are The Extra Picks Coming From?

Typically, NFL teams have one pick per round, in each of the seven rounds. The Giants own their first round, second round, fourth round, and sixth round picks. That totals to four picks of their own and no pick in the third round. The Giants used their third round pick in the 2018 Supplemental Draft to take cornerback Sam Beal.

In addition to those picks, the Giants have acquired several picks via trades. The Giants received the Saints’ fourth round pick in the Eli Apple trade. They Also received the Lions’ fifth round pick in the Damon “Snacks” Harrison trade. Their two seventh round picks come via trade also. The first pick comes from the Vikings via the Brett Jones trade. The second seventh round pick was received from the Rams in the Alec Ogletree trade.

The Giants will receive two more picks in the fourth and fifth rounds. These are compensatory picks. The fourth round pick comes from the Giants losing Justin Pugh in free agency in 2018. The fifth round pick will be granted to the Giants due to Geno Smith signing with the Chargers in 2018 and Devon Kennard signing with the Lions in 2018.

With so many picks in the upcoming draft, the Giants will have many options. They could hold onto their picks and select multiple impact players, or they could trade their picks. They could trade these picks for veterans or for more draft picks. If the Giants like a specific prospect, they now have the draft capital to trade up and select him.

New York Giants: Brett Jones Traded To Vikings For 2019 Draft Pick

Another position battle looks to be over, and of the New York Giants centers, Brett Jones is the one that will leave town. According to Ian Rapoport, Jones will head to Minnesota and the Giants will receive a seventh round pick in return. Jones had been a member of the Giants team since 2015, but heading into this season, Jon Halapio emerged as the starter at the center position.

Rather than keeping Jones on the roster to sit on the bench, the Giants will add another late round draft pick to move him to the Vikings. The trade is just the latest part of the team’s offensive line shakeup, as Jones was a 13 game starter last year and wasn’t a player that most fans predicted to be off the team entirely before the 2018 season could begin.

While his career in New York is coming to a close, it’s interesting to note that the odds were stacked against Jones to even make it to this point. A Canadian, he played his college football in the CIS rather than the NCAA. He went on to become a second round draft pick in the CFL, making the jump to the United States and the New York Giants after winning the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award while playing in Canada.

Jon Halapio, meanwhile, is finally getting his chance after playing the early part of his career as a journeyman. Halapio has made stops in New England, Denver, and Arizona, playing two separate stints with the Patriots. Additionally, Halapio played for two teams in the Fall Experimental Football League during his career.

After starting his Giants career as a practice squad member, though, he’s played his way to earning a new contract that came back in March. It’s an interesting series of events for both players, who have been underdogs for most of their careers. With Jones having a better chance at getting playing time in Minnesota, it looks like both players might come out ahead in this deal.

New York Giants Expected To Lock Down Future Starting Center

The New York Giants have a long off-season ahead of them, particularly when it comes to solving the problems that currently plague the offensive line.

For the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman, fixing the line, and taking the salary cap into consideration will be a difficult task. Rumors have Gettleman linked to All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell in free-agency. He’s set to make the most in guard history according to reports around the community ($12-14 million).

What does this mean for the rest of the line?

If Norwell brings his talents to New York, the Giants will have to settle for lesser quality players on the rest of the line, unless they utilize their first-round pick accordingly.

A quality player that is expected to remain on the team is Brett Jones; a bullish athlete that played well in the absence of center Weston Richburg. Jones is a great value player who can be utilized as a starter with a minimal cap-hit.

He will likely cost somewhere in the $2-3 million per-season range. Even if he doesn’t manage to hold down the spot long-term, he can me a superb depth-player on the line.

This is Jones’ current contract which expired this past season. He was only counting $6.15 million against the cap, which is minimal considering his abilities. Hopefully, he will remain on the team with a friendly-deal.

The only other options outside of keeping Jones would be drafting a center in the later rounds or taking a flier on a veteran like Nick Mangold.