Will the New York Giants receive any compensatory picks this year?

New York Giants, Cleveland Browns

The New York Giants are not expected to be awarded any compensatory draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants hold the 11th overall pick in the 2021 Draft. They will only have six picks overall to fill the many needs on the roster.

In addition to their first-round pick, the G-Men will have the 42nd overall pick in round two, No. 76 overall in round three, No. 107 overall in round four, and two sixth-round selections — No. 172 and No. 177, the latter received in exchange from the Arizona Cardinals in the Markus Golden trade.

The Giants do not have a fifth-round selection due to the trade with the New York Jets for Leonard Williams. Big Blue also does not have a seventh-round selection either due to the trade with the Denver Broncos for Isaac Yaidom.

According to the compensatory draft pick cancellation chart compiled by “Over The Cap,” the Giants are not due any additional selections due to their aggressive shopping spree in free agency last March. They signed cornerback James Bradberry, linebacker Blake Martinez, kicker Graham Gano, outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell, quarterback Colt McCoy, tight end Levine Toilolo, and safety/special teamer Nate Ebner.

Safety/Special Teamer Michael Thomas was signed by Houston, but according to the chart, he is listed as non-eligible for compensation.

New York Giants might feature one top five unit in the league in 2020

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants have plenty of holes to fill, but one unit will be top-notch moving forward.

Allocating draft picks toward the offensive line or defensive unit is a guarantee, especially with Isaiah Simmons and several quality tackles on the board for the Giants at No. 4. The offense is still being pieced together after GM Dave Gettleman drafted Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in 2019. Protecting him should be a priority, which indicates that selecting a tackle in the first two rounds is essential, despite the defense needing more quality at pass rusher and at free safety.

However, there’s one unit that the Giants are confident in, and it’s none other than special teams. Head coach Joe Judge brings plenty of knowledge and prowess in the area, having been the Patriots’ special teams coach for the past few seasons. The Giants also signed safety Nate Ebner, who’s a special team connoisseur and will bring familiarity with Judge to the team.

Judge is keen on utilizing Giants’ players in multiple ways, which abides by his special team’s standards and effectiveness. In a recent interview with new long snapper Casey Kreiter, he indicated that the Giants should feature one of the better units in the NFL, considering Riley Dixon was arguably the team’s best players and punter in 2019. Aldrick Rosas struggled a bit at times, but most of his issues were correlated to injuries to long-snapper, Zak DeOssie, who has since retired.

The Giants also retained quality gunner, Cody Core, who proved his worth on ST last season. The team doesn’t seem like they’re going to retain safety Michael Thomas, having been replaced by Ebner. I would have liked to see them bring back Thomas, who has been a consistent player for Big Blue and featured as a leader on the defense. He filled in valiantly when called upon for the Giants, especially when Jabrill Peppers went down with a hip injury.

FootballOutsiders.com ranked the Giants’ special teams unit 17th in the league last year, so about average. With the additions they’ve made in recent days, the hope is that they can climb that leaderboard significantly.

New York Giants daily roundup: Signed safety, offensive tackle, draft plans

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants made a splash in free agency early on this offseason, spending a majority of their available cap in the first day of legal tampering. They gained several quality players, but it seems like GM Dave Gettleman and HC Joe Judge took a different approach to their signings this year.

Judge seems to have affected the way the Giants go about things, as they signed a number of tier-2/3 players with front-loaded contracts to ensure they can get out of them after two seasons. Their biggest free-agent signings, James Bradberry and Blake Martinez, are both on three-year deals with heavy dead-cap hits early on. What does this mean? It means the Giants brass don’t consider their team a winning one just yet.

Having made no big splashes in free agency on players like Byron Jones and Jadeveon Clowney, either they don’t believe it’s necessary to spend big money on single players during a rebuild, or they have adopted a different model, similar to New England.

However, recent moves might have changed their draft plans: Signing Fleming ‘could’ indicate that a position battle between the former Cowboy and Nick Gates could ensue. This would open up the ability for the Giants to land a player like Isaiah Simmons in the draft and land a tackle in the second round (develop for a year since both Fleming and Gates are on one-year deals).

New York Giants have made a series of smaller moves:

On Wednesday night, Big Blue signed Dallas Cowboys’ offensive tackle, Cameron Fleming, who serves as a swing option, starting 26 games throughout the course of his career. Fleming also spent time in New England when Joe Judge featured as the special team’s coach. Factor in his connection with Jason Garrett and Marc Colombo and you can justify this signing. The deal is one-year for up to $4 million.

The Giants also landed special teams ace, Nate Ebner, who is also a safety by trade. Judge is very familiar with Ebner and his abilities, having coached him the past several seasons. It’s seeming like the Giants might elect to let Michael Thomas go and make a change with their personnel. Thomas is also a great special teams player and would be deserving of another contract.