New York Giants: 4 Different Mock Drafts For Each Top Player

If you were to play a couple hands of poker with Dave Gettleman, than chances are he is walking away with your money. We have heard numerous different reports over the last month tying the Giants to Penn State running back Saquan Barkley.

We have also heard that the Giants brass was gushing over Bradley Chubb’s visit to Metlife and were enamored with his dedication, class and professionalism. Don’t forget all of the touch points with the class’ top quarterback prospects and recent reports that Sam Darnold is the “guy” the G-Men covet.

New York Giant fans have been waiting patiently for April 26th to finally begin to see the vision Gettleman has for the Giants. We have been sifting through all of the reports to try and come up with some idea of what DG is thinking but it is to no avail.

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We know as much as we do two months ago and for all intensive purposes, that is exactly the way it should be. Gettleman has played it close to the vest which has led to a ton of speculation and passionate back and forths between Giant faithful. As much as we may differ with our opinions, the one constant is that we all would love to see Big Blue back in contention on a year in year out basis.

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There is not much to do between now and the draft other than speculate and form your own opinion. So, what I did was find a mock draft simulator and I played Dave Gettleman. I conducted multiple mock drafts with different approaches.

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The process:

I ended up completing four different mocks. I began each mock with a different first round pick based on recent speculation. The only rule I gave myself was that I was not going to draft the same player in any round of the mocks. I do not have any trades in the mocks.

The reasoning:

I simply wanted to give Giant fans a look into what each strategy may look like in order to help guide their opinion.

The Outcome:

Round/Pick Barkley Mock QB Mock Chubb Mock Nelson Mock
1 (2) Saquan Barkley (RB) Josh Rosen (QB) Bradley Chubb (DE) Quenton Nelson (G)
2 (34) Billy Price (C) Sony Michel (RB) Leighton Vander Esch (LB) James Daniels (G)
3 (66) Carlton Davis (CB) Tyrell Crosby (OT) Ronald Jones (RB) Nick Chubb (RB)
3 (69) Justin Reid (S) Lorenzo Carter (LB) Frank Ragnow (G) Luke Falk (QB)
4 (108) Josey Jewell (LB) Duke Dawson (CB) Daesean Hamilton (WR) Michael Gallup (WR)
5 (139) Marcell Ateman (WR) Shaquem Griffin (LB) J.C. Jackson (CB) Michael Dickson (P)

The Interpretation:

After reviewing all of the mocks I would honestly be happy with any of the outcomes. My mindset coming into the draft is that we are getting a great group of young, talented players regardless of which strategy Gettleman and the Giants go with.

If I had to choose which mock I would be most satisfied with I would lean towards is Mock 1 with Saquan Barkley leading the way. It adds a dynamic playmaker with Barkley, solidifies our secondary with a Reid and Davis, and adds another quality offensive lineman. We would also add a wide receiver with good potential and a linebacker that reminds me of Sean Lee. Not a bad haul.

What Will Happen:

Who knows. It could be a combination of the players above. Maybe there are a couple names drafted we did not foreshadow. We may possibly trade the #2 pick for a haul and look to rebuild. Whatever the case may be, we will be getting better and I for one am excited to see who the new Giants will be.

My Perfect Mock (For What It’s Worth)

Pick Player
1 (2) Saquan Barkley (RB)
2 (34) Billy Price (C)
3 (66) Tyrell Crosby (OT)
3 (69) Lorenzo Carter (LB)
4 (108) Duke Dawson (CB)
5 (139) Marcell Ateman (WR)

Ill leave you with this.

The Giants Can Win The Draft By Grabbing OL Will Hernandez

With the 22nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select… Will Hernendez out of UTEP!

Wait, what? Don’t the Giants have the 2nd pick? Well, since Cleveland finally took the right player, the Giants have a few options at No. 2.

Being the fact that there is no sure fire QB in this draft, they can get very creative. Taking a running back at No. 2 is still a bit too high especially with an OL that has not produced over the past few years.

The Giants ranked 26th last season in the rushing department, averaging a paltry 96.8 YPG and ranked 31st in total offense with a measly 15.4 points per game with a future Hall of Fame QB. The priority for the organization is to address the offensive line through the NFL draft, or in the words of Dave Gettleman, grab some “hog mollies.”

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This is where the UTEP standout comes into play. The second pick is generally too high to pick a guard, which attests to Quenton Nelson being an option only in a potential trade down situation. The Giants can trade with a quarterback desperate Bills team who own multiple first-rounds picks. By acquiring Buffalo’s #12 and #22 picks, the Giants can take Hernendez at #22, which would ultimately improve the offensive line immedietly.

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How have the Giants addressed the OL so far?

Signing Nate Solder to a monster $62 Million deal was a good start for the new regime in rebuilding a porous line. Puzzle pieces still need to be found to replace Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg at guard and center, but solving the swinging door that’s Ereck Flowers at left tackle is a big positive.

Patrick Omameh can be a solid guard, but will not be able to handle the likes of a Fletcher Cox, Aaron Donald or Jonathan Allen, all of which the Giants have to face in 2018. Hernendez has prototypical NFL guard size at 6’-foot-2, 348 lbs. His arms measure a little short at 32’ and hands are a bit small, however, that shouldn’t be much of an issue playing at the guard position.

Adding a stud run blocker in which NFL scout Todd McShay said: “is a powerful run-blocker and improving in pass-protection”, will give the Giants a lock-down left side of the line and potentially add years onto Eli’s career. It will make any RB they draft a better player and improve the line as a whole.

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He’s well built, athletic, mean – all attributes Gettleman looks for in his “hog mollies.” These are the players that win you games. It isn’t a sexy pick by any means, but just ask Dallas how they like Zach Martin and Tyron Smith.

Does Hernandez posses weaknesses? Absolutely, but every player comes with some negative traits. Pat Schurmur is a wizard with talented offensive players, and adding some much needed protection for his quarterback will ultimately improve the offense as a whole.

Be smart Big Blue, the last time the New York Football Giants had a stable offensive line they won the Super Bowl! It’s not sexy, but it wins you games.

What Would Saquon Barkley Mean For Eli Manning?

The New York Giants have been heavily linked to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley ahead of Thursday’s NFL draft. Does this mean they will take him? Absolutely not, but the consensus points towards the possibility.

In this scenario, we will take a look at his potential impact on Eli Manning, and why drafting him would promote a “win now” approach to the 2018 season.

Manning is undoubtedly approaching his final years as the Giants’ franchise quarterback, and denying that fact would be ignorant. Be it as it may, the Giants ‘can’ still succeed with old-man Manning at the helm, he just requires the fundamental pieces around him.

Giving Eli an offensive line and star running back will help him reach his potential, but it won’t take him to a level we haven’t seen over the course of his career. He will still make questionable decisions, make errant throws, and look like a fish out of water at times – but maybe, just maybe, it’ll happen far less than usual.

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Adding a piece to the puzzle like Barkley takes a ton of pressure off of Manning and his arm. The veteran QB was forced to carry the offense in 2017, and we all know how that panned out.

So, what exactly does Barkley provide that makes him so superior to any other back?

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Barkley enters the league as a 234 pound runner with sub 4.4 speed. That kind of agility and pace is almost unfathomable. Additionally, his ability to block only adds to his value alongside Manning. The Giants’ QB has lacked a true blocking running back over the years, which has hurt him in the passing game. Barkley would change that trend immediately, along with some additions to the offensive line.

One aspect of Barkley’s game that’s often disregarded is his kick returning abilities. Now, it’s unlikely the Giants use him as their primary return man, but in dire situations they can utilize that aspect of his game. Similar to when Odell Beckham Jr. would return punts.

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One player that would also benefit from the drafting of Barkley is Beckham Jr. The Giants’ top receiver has received plenty of attention from opposing defenses, simply because he was the only real threat on the offense. With Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and OBJ providing options in the passing game, the Giants lack a dynamic running back. That’s exactly what Barkley would provide.

Instead of blindly dropping back into coverage, defenses would have to honor the run game and ensure they leave linebackers to spy on Barkley on the second level. This will open up single coverage for Shepard and  Beckham Jr., but also open up the seam for Engram. With head coach Pat Shurmur taking over play-calling duties, we should expect an unpredictable and exciting system. Barkley would add a weapon to his arsenal that would turn the offensive into one of the most dynamic in the league.

 

 

The Offensive Lineman The Giants ‘Need’ To Grab In The Second Round

After taking a look at UTEP offensive lineman Will Hernandez, it became apparent that he would likely be a first-round grab in the upcoming NFL draft.

The New York Giants are in a state of rebuilding on the offensive line, making the 2018 draft one of extreme importance. Players like Isaiah Wynn and Hernandez could slip to the second round, but it’s unlikely that optimistic idea comes to fruition.

So, we must dissect another lineman that could benefit the Giants right away, and provide them with starting quality in an attempt to salvage any potential Eli Manning has left in his bones.

The technical genius:

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In this clip, you will see Price start from the center position and fight off a defensive tackle with ease. You can clearly see that the DT is much larger than Price, but his technique is so solid that it doesn’t equate to any advantage.

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His his biggest strengths are his powerful hands and footwork. His initial jab is one of the best coming out of college and it contains so much power that it often shoves nose tackles backwards. You will see in the next video the type of power he possesses. At 6-foot-4, 312 pounds, Price has a great frame. He has tight hips and a powerful upper body.

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Price was expected to destroy the bench press at the NFL combine, but succumbed to a torn pectoral muscle in his forth rep – which saw his draft stock drop significantly. This is great news for the Giants, who will have a great opportunity at grabbing him in the second round.

Prices’s lack of length puts him at a disadvantage in some circumstances, but he should translate to a quality guard or center. The Giants let Weston Richburg walk in free agency and re-signed Brett Jones to take over the starting job. Grabbing Price would be a steal for the Giants, as he was once a projected first-round pick.

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This is one of the most impressive clips in regard to Price and his power. Out of the gate he stumbles a bit, losing his balance, but manages to regain his composure rather quickly. He re-establishes his balance, locates his assignment, and lays a blow on him that he’s likely still feeling.

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Price manages to place both of his hands on the defender, lowers his head, and literally tosses him several yards. An impressive display of quickness, strength, and the ability to recover after a troublesome start.

Overall, the Ohio State center has incredible potential at the NFL level, and a team willing to take a gamble will likely be rewarded with a stellar athlete and a leader in the locker room.

 

How will the New York Giants improve their wide receiver core?

It has been a few days since New York Giants‘ wide receiver Brandon Marshall was released after failing his physical. Even though he never really got in sync with the offense last season before a season ending ankle industry, Marshall still leaves a hole at wide receiver.

Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but coming off a season ending injury., and Sterling Shepard solid playing out of the slot, but the Giants are still in need of WR2. We all saw the receivers on the field last season. They must find a way to add more talent to the position.

What are their options?

The New York Giants can add wide receiver talent through free agency and the draft, but is it also possible that someone on the current roster can step up?

Free Agency

Being late in free agency, there are not any top options available at this point, thought there are still some options out there. Dez Bryant, Eric Decker, Dontrelle Inman, and Jeremy Maclin are the top free agents still available. For the Giants, if any of these players were to agree to a minimal contract, this is how they could fill a need through free agency.

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These receivers are all likely approaching the last few years of their career, and while they have been productive at times they have been unable to show any consistency in recent years.

The Draft

It seems unlikely that the Giants will take a wide receiver in the earlier rounds of the draft, but if they were too, they should take a larger player at the position.

Eguanimeous St. Brown is 6’4″, 214 lbs, and runs a sub 4.5 40-yard-dash, is projected to go in the second to third round. He has the potential to be better than the top WR prospects, but has not gotten much opportunity.

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Auden Tate 6’5″, 228 lbs is projectied to go in the second to third round and is a huge mismatch for defensive backs and linebackers. Lined up with the already dynamic talent on that offense. He is still very young, coming into this league after his junior year in college and could be a great complimentary peace.

Current Players?

When looking at the current roster of the New York Giants, there is one player that jumps out at me. Cody Latimer is 25 years old and spent the last four seasons playing in the shadow of Demaryious Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Never being able truly show his fully potentional, it is possible that his best days are ahead of him.

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To me, Latimer could fit in is a more than quality WR2 for the Giants, but it would not surprise me if they upgrade the decision.

 

 

 

New York Giants 3 Round Mock Draft — The Day That Gettleman Shook The World

The New York Giants are approaching the 2018 NFL draft quickly, and decisions must be made to set up the franchise for the future. Does that decision involve USC quarterback Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, or Penn States’ Saquon Barkley? We shall find out soon enough.

At this point in time, the Giants could venture down several attractive paths in the draft; analysts have them picking everybody and their mother. So, with our final mock draft before the big day, let’s make this fun and interesting.

I find that the more basic the mock draft is the more boring, which ultimately wastes both of our time. With that being said, enjoy a draft that you ‘haven’t’ seen a thousand times over.

Round 1:

With the No. 2 overall pick, new GM Dave Gettleman and the Giants choose…. Nobody! They make a last second trade with the Buffalo Bills and collect both of their first-rounders (12 & 22), a second round pick, and a 2019 first-rounder. The Giants give up their No. 2 overall spot and a third rounder.

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Wow, the Giants just added three first-round picks in two years, and add to their current draft totals of just a measly six picks.

Now, they have seven going into Thursday, with four of those picks in the first two round.

With the  12th overall pick, Big Blue selects Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. They add an NFL ready safety and corner that can play a versatile role on the defense, addressing a position of “need.” The Giants cut Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and allowed Ross Cockrell to walk in free agency, which set them up with a deficiency at CB. They signed a few under the radar guys, but nobody that truly stood out. They are investing far too much in Eli Apple, to be quite frank.

Having Fitzpatrick battle with third-year safety Darian Thompson ultimately elevates both of their games and allowes Fitz to swing to corner on specialized plays. The Giants now have a solid front three, linebacker corps, safety mix, and options at cornerback. Balance is the priority of the new regime, and adding Fitz only follows that mantra.

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At No. 22 overall, the Giants make one of the most surprising moves of the draft… They take Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. The mobile quarterback breaks every rule the Giants have ever implemented at the quarterback position, but it’s a choice that ultimately helps them ten-fold in the long-run. They grab a franchise quality QB and allow him to sit behind Manning for a year.

Worst case scenario, Jackson and Webb both stand out and provide quality at the QB position. Webb would then be useful as a trading piece.

Why do I think Jackson would excel with the Giants?

The Giants have brought in head coach Pat Shurmur, also known as the “quarterback whisperer.” He’s made the likes of Brandon Weeden, Case Keenum and others into serviceable quarterbacks. Keenum was undrafted and made it to the AFC championship game in 2017. Shurmur uses players’ strengths and formulates schemes to fit their abilities.

With Jackson at the helm, Shurmur can help shape him into a pocket passes first and a runner second. A Russell Wilson type of player if you will. He has the ability to throw and can easily escape the pocket to extend the play with his legs.

Even Michael Vick expressed his belief in Jackson, even going as far as to say he’s a far better prospect coming out of college than he ever was. We all know how great Vick was in his prime. With more refinement and professional coaching, Jackson could be one of the most lethal players in the league for the next decade.

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This is a very underrated move for the Giants, who would be receiving a player with insane potential and the coaching staff to help him.

Round 2:

This is the round the Giants make their moves on the offensive line. With two second round picks (32 and 53), the Giants are n good shape to address the most stripped unit on the team.

Right off the bat, they take Will Hernandez if there at No. 32 (Isaiah Wynn if Hernandez is off the board). This is where they really find their value. With the 53rd pick in the second round, Gettleman gets arguably the biggest steal of the draft on the OL. He snags Billy Price, who drops due a torn pec that he suffered at the NFL combine.

Price is a technical master – he was seen teaching other college prospects how to appropriately place their hands at a camp. He’s a bullish player with Pro Bowl potential. He can be a similar player to that of Justin Pugh. Price is naturally a center but could easily make the transition to guard. At 6-foot-4, 312 pounds, Price has a solid frame and is one of the most excellent lineman at the point of attack. He’s vicious with tremendous explosiveness. He should easily be able to replace Pugh on the line.

Round 3:

Since the Giants traded away one of their third-round picks, they will have to use their lone selection wisely. They still have needs at running back and linebacker, so finding the best value will be their course of action here.

There are still players such as Rashaad Penny and Nick Chubb on the board at running back, but several linebackers are still in the mix as well. LSU’s Arden Key and Iowa’s Josey Jewell are two interesting prospects.

Key is a long, tough linebacker that earned second-team ALL-SEC honors as a full-time starter in 2016. He racked up 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for a loss among 56 stops with three forced fumbles. He exploded onto the scene in a big way, but took some time off in 2017 to deal with personal issues. He had surgery last year and missed the first two games of the season.

In eight games, Key managed 33 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, four sacks, and a forced fumble. Not “jump off the wall” stats, but there’s room for improvement. His potential is there given his 2016 campaign, meaning he could be a steal in the third round.

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The Giants might like his upside enough to take a risk on him. He’s a perfect 3-4 defender as he can also line up as an edge rushers at 6-foot-6, 238 pounds. Unfortunately, that risk comes with consequences and his personal issues make him too much of a liability.

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The Giants pass on the linebacker at the last second and snag San Diego State running back, Penny.

Penny has great size for an every-down NFL running back. He’s 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 220 pounds. He’s a very agile back with the ability to make tacklers miss. He has short strides which aids his agility but doesn’t have that next gear “breakaway speed.” Penny is a hard runner and gives it his all on every play – a very Gettleman-esque selection.

 

 

 

 

Giants Potentially Looking To Trade Former First Round Pick – What Could They get?

As the New York Giants continue to overhaul the offensive line and bring new players in, a former first-round pick from the Jerry Reese era might be on his way out.

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, former left tackle for the Giants, Ereck Flowers, might be on the trading block come draft day.

Flowers was told by head coach Pat Shurmur that he would be sliding to right tackle after the signing of former Patriots’ left tackle, Nate Solder. Flowers will battle with undrafted player Chad Wheeler for the starting RT job, but Flowers is expected to be the front-runner.

The third-year tackle has been the only player missing from OTA’s for the Giants, which surely casts a dark shadow over him considering the expectations of the new regime.

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What could the Giants get out of him?

If the Giants are actually trying to extract some value from the young tackle, they will likely look to some teams that may be in need of a depth tackle or potential starting RT.

An asking price of a 3rd round pick might be the best case scenario for the Giants, with a 5-6th rounder being the worst. Expectations are that Flowers will improve at the right tackle spot, simply because it’s his dominant side. Despite the technical adjustments, he is better suited to protect Manning’s right side.

The Giants have the option to pick up Flowers’ fifth-year option, but it seems as if they’re far from interested in investing more in the first-round bust. Picking up the option would raise his salary to $12.5 million in 2019, which would be guaranteed even if Flowers suffered a season ending injury. This year he will only count $2.4 million against the cap, which doesn’t take a serious toll on the Giants’ appropriated moneys.

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Unless Flowers shows serious improvements as a right tackle, we should expect to see him either dished out or allowed to walk in 2019.

 

 

According to Ernie Accorsi Eli Manning Has Plenty Of Football Left In Him

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As the New York Giants contemplate taking a quarterback with their No. 2 overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft, some people think it might be a tad premature given Eli Manning’s current state of health.

A good chunk of fans and analysts think Manning is degrading at an astronomical rate after last season’s melt down, which was primarily due to the offensive line and a stripped wide receiver corps. Manning has shown that his arm strength has not dwindled and his decision making is as controversial as always.

Former Giants’ GM Ernie Accorsi is still a believer in Manning, who will undoubtedly be suiting up to start the 2018 season:

“I wouldn’t want to put an endline on him, but I do agree with them that he can play winning, championship football for two years,” Accorsi said via the New York Daily News. “Now, it may be more. I’m not saying that he can’t do more. But I don’t think there’s any question: What I saw last year in the Philadelphia game with what he had to play with, I definitely think he could still take a team to a title. I mean, obviously he has to be surrounded with a pretty good team. But I do.”

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Accorsi played a big role in orchestrating the trade that brought the Ole Miss quarterback to New York and Philip Rivers to the San Diego Chargers. Manning has gone on to win two Super Bowls (Rivers has 0) and was named MVP in both of them. In both years, Manning brought his game to another level once the post-season came around, taking a Wild Card team to the big game.

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That same level of play doesn’t seem to have dwindled, and it’s impossible to say it has, given the lack of talent he endured last season.

The question is: How long will it take for the Giants to build a solid team around him? And can he deliver within the next two seasons?

“I don’t think it’s gonna take that long. I think there’s some talent there,” Accorsi said. “They’ve got to rush the passer. They have to protect Eli. And obviously the offensive line’s gotta run block. They have receivers — the tight end’s gonna be a terrific receiver, they’ve got tremendous wide receivers. They have good running backs and — who knows? — they may get another one. And if they can rush the passer and protect Eli, I think they have a chance to be good rather quickly.”

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The Giants need to improve in all facets of the game. They overhauled the coaching staff, which in turn provided talent at the linebacker and offensive line position. The Giants have a high draft pick which gives them the ability to address a position of need, and ultimately begin to build a winning team around Manning.

Gettleman made it clear in his introductory press conference that the Giants need to improve in rushing the passer, stopping the run, and running the ball.

All of those points refer to improving the offensive line, defensive line, and running back position.

 

 

What Could Pat Shurmur Do With A QB Like Lamar Jackson? Incredible Things

The New York Giants have various pathways that could lead them to success in the upcoming NFL draft. Today, we are going to talk about one of the least talked about, yet most interesting options the Giants could entertain next week.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has been lost in the fold of quarterbacks mocked to New York, but he shouldn’t be ruled out until we know for sure who the Giants will be taking at No. 2.

Analysts have compared Jackson to Michael Vick due to his ability to scramble out of the pocket and extend plays with his legs. Vick himself compared Jackson to the likes of his youth:

“I could not believe what I had seen. I could not believe the things he was able to do — It was a spitting image of me,” Vick said. “And the only thing that came to my mind was this kid is five times better than I was when I was at Virginia Tech, only because he was going against Florida State. I remember how difficult it was for me to make plays against Florida State. What effort had to be put into getting first downs, scoring touchdowns.”

Vick mentions that Jackson is far superior to his days at Virginia Tech, which should put things into perspective. We all know how great of a player Vick was in his prime, and having Jackson at a higher level would essentially put a team in playoff contention for years.

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The most enticing part about Jackson is that he’s still at a raw stage in his career. He can be molded to be anything a team wants/needs him to be, which is where Pat Shurmur comes in for the Giants. Jackson was a run-first quarterback in college, but he has the frame and ability to become a pocket-passer with secondary running abilities, similar to Russell Wilson.

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Having a premier pocket passer with the ability to escape the pocket and utilize his legs for additional yardage opens up the game for the offense. A year under Eli Manning and a professional coaching staff might be exactly what Jackson needs to develop into a top-flight player.

Let’s break down a few videos in regard to his skill-set:

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This is a great example of Jackson’s vision and ability to sell his body to throw off the linebacker and find his target in stride. In this clip he spends a majority of this play looking to the left and forcing the linebacker to follow his eyes – until he re-focuses towards the middle of the field and throws a strike to his receiver.

Jackson’s arm strength is incredibly impressive, as he uses his upper body to put weight behind the pass. He doesn’t use his hips or legs to drive the ball like some quarterbacks do – simply because his arm strength is so superior.

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This next clip has to be one of the most exciting characteristics that Jackson possesses, and quite frankly, it makes you wonder why he isn’t the No. 1 quarterback in this class:

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Watch as Jackson takes the read-option and bolts through the middle of the line like a glorified running back. The most exciting aspect of this clip is the fact that he faints to his left and leaves two, not one, two players tumbling to the ground in disarray. An incredible display of his agility and vision as a runner.

At the moment he breaks through the line, there are seven defenders within five-yards of him. In the blink of an eye he puts two players on the ground and breaks free into the open field. I circled the players that were most influential on this play, so at the beginning you will see the left guard pull to the middle to open up a running lane, then the running back sell a majority of the defense to the right side of the field. This allows Jackson to take the ball and run right up the gut, but it doesn’t end there. He is forced to make a move at the first level to break into the open field, but by doing that he runs into several more defenders. He simply splits the four defenders and takes off down the field before they even realize he’s gone. This is the type of talent Jackson brings to an NFL team.

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In this clip we will take a look at Jackon’s deep ball. In these three examples against FSU, a high quality team that represents one of the closest comparisons to an NFL style system, Jackson puts the ball right on the money. I circled the influential players and detailed the ball placement at the point of attack.

In the first segment, you can see the Jackson doesn’t really step back in the pocket, but rather he stands tall and delivers a strike with all upper body strength. He utilizes his chest to deliver power behind the ball, and places it nicely in the breadbasket of the receiver.

The second segment is a drop in the endzone, but the pass couldn’t have been more spot on. He has a cornerback draped all over him and the ball seamlessly threads the need through his arms.

The third segment details Jackson’s arm strength. Reports have his accuracy as his biggest weakness, which attests to his 59.1 completion %. His yards per-attempt is 8.5, which depicts the scheme he was orchestrating. He threw a lot of mid-range to deep passes at Louisville, which could be a reason for his ‘mediocre’ completion percentage.

Overall, Jackson represents one of the most enticing options in the upcoming draft. After watching his film and seeing how capable he is in all facets of the game, it forces me to believe that he ultimately has the most potential out of any quarterback in the 2018 draft class.

If his future coaches can harness his ability as a passer, we just might enjoy one of the most dynamic athletes at the quarterback position since Michael Vick.

Three Notable Games From The 2018 Giants Schedule

The New York Giants schedule is now released, and we have a clearer picture of what fans should expect from this season. Outside of their yearly divisional opponents, the Giants will face teams from the NFC South, AFC South, and NFC West. Which games are the most interesting of the season, either because of their divisional importance or because of the matchup?

Here’s three that stand out:

Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys

The Giants and the Cowboys are no strangers to playing on Sunday Night Football, and they have another early season matchup that will take center stage nationally on Sunday night. Last year, the Giants only scored three points when they opened their season against the Cowboys. This game will change the tone of the season going forward.

No matter how good the teams are, Giants fans don’t like losing to the Cowboys. A win here will help to put the fanbase at ease in the early part of the season, while a loss would make fans question the team and the coaches early. Especially because the Cowboys finished with nine wins last season, a big drop from Ezekiel Elliot’s rookie season.

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Week 6: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Week 6 is when the Giants will face the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. It sounds strange to say that, but we’ll be hearing a lot of that from now on. This is another nationally televised game, this time on Thursday Night Football, and these games tend to have more pressure surrounding them. The Eagles were obviously a strong team last year, but now that they’ve added inside linebacker Nigel Bradham and veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace, they’ll be an even tougher matchup for the Giants.

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Quarterback Carson Wentz will also return from injury next season, and all of it makes this a good game for the Giants to prove themselves. The Giants came close to stealing a game from the Eagles last year, and if they can win here, it will make a statement that this isn’t last year’s team.

Week 1: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

This one isn’t just special because it’s the first game of the season, but because it’s the Tom Coughlin homecoming. Coughlin is currently the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Jags, and the Giants will surely have something planned when Jacksonville comes into town for the first time since Coughlin took over. That’s not the only reason why this game is worth paying attention to, however.

If you ask most fans who the top teams in the AFC are, the Jaguars aren’t usually the first one that comes to mind. But they won the AFC South last year and won a very close game in Pittsburgh in the divisional round of the playoffs, before eventually losing to the Patriots by only four points.

They’re the favorites in their division again and with their relatively young squad, they’re here to stay. The Jags have a great defense and are a tough opponent for week one, even if many will look ahead to the week two game in Dallas.