New York Jets position group evaluations: Tight Ends

New York Jets, Chris Herndon

As the season looms, I decided to take a deep dive into each New York Jets position group within the organization and grade each group. Today’s group is one of the most encouraging groups on the roster. That is the tight end room. From a highly anticipated bounce back tight end to a standout veteran, to a potential diamond in the rough, this group is one of the best on the roster. So let’s get into it.

TE 1: Chris Herndon

Without a doubt, the most anticipated return on this roster is Chris Herndon. Last season, Herndon entered the year with very high hopes. After a suspension and an upper buddy injury, Herndon’s sophomore season was a bust. Now, he’s back, and he’s been a star of camp. Reporters have been consistent across the board in their lauding of how he will be the critical piece to Sam Darnold’s success. With the lack of receiver depth, Herndon will be counted on to play a significant role. As I previously wrote, Herndon will either be the X-Factor of the offense and the key reason Darnold takes the next step or the reason Darnold has nobody to turn to when the play breaks down.

TE 2: Ryan Griffin

Last season, without Herndon, many analysts wondered who’d step up at tight end. Those questions were quickly dispelled with the impressive play of Griffin. With 34 catches for 320 yards and five touchdowns, Griffin proved to be a huge red zone threat. If Herndon can be the dynamic threat over the top and outside (when need be), then Griffin will be able to play a huge role in red zone success. As long as both guys can stay healthy when the Jets put out two tight end sets, they could be a force to be reckoned with. Griffin does tend to struggle with consistency, though, so as long as he doesn’t become a non-factor, he’ll be a great piece of the offense.

TE 3: Trevon Wesco

The West Virginia product was a curious selection by the former front office regime when he was picked in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. Wesco wouldn’t have been a controversial pick if he was known as a dynamic threat in the red zone or over the middle like the two other tight ends in the room, but he was traditionally known as a blocking tight end. Then, this offseason, he became a much more well-rounded athlete as Adam Gase has stated, and he’s found a real rhythm in camp reportedly. If Wesco can show in-game that he can be a weapon, that would only make the offense all the better.

Grade: A-

This group is FAR from a proven group. With that said, the way Douglas and Gase have built this group, they have potential to complement each other very nicely. Not only that but with the lack of depth at receiver, these guys will be counted on to step up. I truly believe this group has potential to shock some people this year and mask some of the Jets offensive inadequacies. 

New York Jets: Is Trevon Wesco Really The Next Gronkowski?

New York Jets, Trevon Wesco

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.

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 Giants Get A Premier Pass-Rusher And A Quarterback In 32-Team Mock Draft With Trades

The New York Giants could be targeting Josh Allen at No. 6.

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.

Pick 1- Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma

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.

Pick 4- Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, Interior Defensive Lineman, Alabama

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.

Pick 7- Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida

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.

Pick 10- Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, Linebacker, Michigan

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.

Pick 13- Houston Texans (TRADE): Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

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.

Pick 16- Carolina Panthers: Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan

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.

Pick 17- Cincinnati Bengals: Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa

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.

Pick 18- Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

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.

Pick 21- Seattle Seahawks: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

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.

Pick 23- Miami Dolphins (TRADE): Christian Wilkins, Interior Defensive Lineman, Clemson

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.

Pick 24- Oakland Raider: Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama

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.

Pick 27- Oakland Raiders: Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan

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.

Pick 29- Denver Broncos (TRADE): Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri

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.

New York Giants: Missing on a Quarterback Will be Detrimental for Years to Come

New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.

Over the past six seasons, the New York Giants have had a losing record in five. After an 11 win season in 2016, the team responded the following year with a 3 win season. Heading into the 2018 draft, the new front office came out endorsing Eli Manning as their quarterback for years to come.

With the 2nd pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Giants selected Saquon Barkley. For how sensational Barkley was his rookie season, the Giants still finished 5-11. Fast Forward to 2019, Giants are entering tomorrow’s draft with a different mindset. It is widely regarded across the NFL that the Giants will be leaving the draft with Eli Manning’s successor. In a draft loaded with elite defenders, the Giants are faced with drafting for positional need or taking the top player on their board.

The New York Giants are Preparing for Change:

The biggest question of all pertaining to the draft is obviously pertaining to the 6th pick. Dave Gettleman has been adamant about sticking to his board. Reported first by ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, Gettleman states, “You can’t draft for need. You’ll get screwed every time. You’ll make a mistake.”

While this quote certainly makes sense, one aspect must be examined. If the quarterback is not the top player on their big board, should he even be selected? For example, there have been rumors around the league that the Giants will pass on a quarterback at 6, but will trade up from 17 to grab a quarterback. With that in mind, if the Giants don’t feel he’s worthy of the number 6 pick, how do they have confidence in him to lead the franchise for the next 5-10 years.

While the name “Eli” is certainly a sensitive topic in and around the organization, the Giants are hoping their next quarterback can be their last for a very long time. The Giants are an organization that prides themselves on stability. For better or worse, the organization has shown that they do not like change. Whether it be their coaches, front office, or quarterback going into his 16th season, the Giants have proved that when they make a decision, they stick with it. For what it’s worth, at the NFL owners meeting in March, Mara was the only owner who voted against changing the onside kick rule.

Quarterback Outlook:

With this philosophy in mind, picking the wrong quarterback in this year’s draft will be detrimental to the franchise. Look at the Jets, who after years of misery have finally found their franchise quarterback. If you think the Giants are in a bad place now, imagine waiting another 3 years until they consider a new quarterback. Just like this year, the next quarterback chosen is just as much of a risk.

Perhaps the best value move of the draft could be acquiring Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals. For the right price, the Giants could acquire Rosen in what would be a minimal risk with potentially high reward. If the Giants could get Rosen, the would only have to pay him $6.24 million over the next three seasons. This would be an absolute steal for the Giants if Rosen proved legit. Having a young quarterback with cap space and draft capital is a dream scenario for any general manager.

Like any other young prospect, there would be no guarantee that Rosen is going to be their next Eli Manning. On the other hand, it’s easier to move on from a quarterback with little invested than if he was taken as a first-round pick.

As Gettleman assured all offseason, the Giants are not going to overreach for any position in the 2019 draft. For now, all we can hope is that the front office is confident in their decision. This crucial night is going to decide the fate of their team and fanbase for many years to come.

 

New York Giants: Dave Gettleman’s Future Depends On The 2019 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

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.

New York Giants: Why Dave Gettleman Is Going To Crush The 2019 NFL Draft

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

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.

New York Giants: Why The Giants Should Trade Up With The Broncos In The Draft

The New York Giants could draft Dwayne Haskins with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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.

Check out my draft profile on Dwayne Haskins here.

New York Giants: Could The Giants Find A Franchise Quarterback After Round One?

Could the New York Giants take a flier on Tyree Jackson?

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:

The History:

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 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.

New York Giants: A Solid Cornerback Option With The 17th Pick In The Draft

The New York Giants will head into the 2019 NFL with a lot of young talent on defense. The Giants will almost certainly be investing in an elite defensive prospect with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, this is not the only draft pick that the Giants can find a defensive centerpiece.

The Giants also have the 17th overall pick in the draft. They received this pick by trading away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. This draft pick gives the Giants tons of options in the draft. The Giants will likely try to fit a big need with the 17th pick.

One big need that the Giants have is at cornerback. The Giants do have Janoris Jenkins still, but it is likely that 2019 will be his last year in Big Blue. The Giants have other cornerbacks on the roster, but they are all young, unproven, developmental players. Grant Haley showed promise in his rookie season, but Sam Beal missed his rookie season with a shoulder injury.

Since the Giants are trying to get young at the cornerback position, it would not be surprising if they drafted a cornerback with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. If the Giants draft a cornerback with the 17th pick, they should draft Greedy Williams.

Greedy Williams Stats And Highlights

Greedy Williams is a tall, athletic cornerback out of LSU. Lousiana State University has produced some great NFL defensive backs recently (Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu), and Greedy seems to be the next great prospect in line.

Greedy Williams was not the most statistically productive cornerback in his 2018 collegiate season, however, he has plenty of traits that will make NFL scouts fall in love with him. Greedy has more than ideal size for his position. At 6 feet 2 inches, 185 pounds, Williams will be a physical cornerback who can match up with any receiver.

Greedy’s size is just the start and not the end of his physical gifts. Williams is also an incredibly gifted athlete. He showed off his elite speed at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.37s 40-yard dash. This speed was always on full display in college. Greedy matched up with plenty of vertical threats and shut them down.

In 2017, Greedy Williams was a true playmaker. He totaled 38 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, and 10 passes defended. Greedy did take a step back in 2018 with only 2 interceptions but still flashed his potential on numerous occasions.

Greedy Williams could bring some great physicality and energy to the Giants’ secondary. The Giants would instantly improve their defense by drafting Williams. With his length, speed, and physicality, Greedy will be an instant-impact player once he gets in the league.

Why The New York Giants Should Be In Love With Josh Rosen

The New York Giants are pondering a change at the quarterback position. A plethora of options is available for the Giants via the draft and trade. The Giants are aware that they need to find Eli Manning’s successor sooner than later. This leaves fans confused by the recent reports that the Giants are not in love with young quarterback Josh Rosen.

Reports have also indicated that the Giants are not interested in the draft’s top quarterbacks such as Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins. If the Giants are not interested in any quarterback this offseason, they will have to get really lucky to secure one next offseason. The Giants are in good position to find their guy this offseason. That guy should be Josh Rosen.

The Giants should be in love with Josh Rosen for the following reasons:

The Josh Rosen & Eli Manning Comparison

Josh Rosen is a pure pocket-passing quarterback who stands tall in the pocket and goes through his progressions. Some experts and analysts have compared Rosen to Eli Manning. They have a similar play-style.

Like Manning, Rosen makes plays that are incredible, then follows them up with plays that are terrible. The key is to balance the two and eventually create more incredible plays than terrible plays. Josh Rosen struggled with this in his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals. But Giants fans need to remember, Eli Manning struggled with this in his rookie season, too.

Eli Manning is not the only quarterback to bounce back after a terrible rookie season. Rams quarterback Jared Goff did the same. After his rookie year, Goff looked like a total bust. Then, the Rams fired their head coach, brought in Sean McVay, and Goff turned into a top 10-15 quarterback in the NFL.

Sometimes, all the quarterback needs is a little change. Josh Rosen was thrown into a terrible situation in his rookie year. He played behind the worst offensive line in the NFL (according to Pro Football Focus), his offensive coordinator was fired mid-season, and his head coach was fired at the end of the season, after just one year with Arizona.

For Josh Rosen, a change of scenery could do wonders for his career. Considering him and Eli Manning have such a similar playstyle, Rosen would reap tremendous benefits from playing and learning with Manning for a year or two.

During the 2018 NFL Combine, Rosen was asked about the possibility of sitting behind Eli Manning. His response proved he was more than willing to do so:

The Trade’s Value

Finding a franchise quarterback is not an easy thing to do. That is why when teams find one, they pay that player more than anyone else on their team. Unfortunately, allocating this much cap space to one player makes it difficult to build the rest of the team. The best teams in the NFL have found a way around this.

NFL teams have been saving their cap space by acquiring a young, talented quarterback on a rookie contract and then building a team around him. Financially, Josh Rosen is the perfect quarterback to build a team around. Over the next 3 years, his total cap hit is only $6.4 million. Paying the league’s most expensive position only $2 million per year is a tremendous value.

On top of that, the team that trades for Rosen will not have to give up too much. The price to pay is a 2nd round pick, plus a future late/mid-round pick. Josh Rosen is a player who had a 1st round grade a year ago, and he can now be acquired for a 2nd round pick.

The Giants have the highest picks out of all the teams interested in Rosen. If the Giants want him, they can get him, and at an amazing value, too.

Josh Rosen Is Still A Good Player Who Has Flashed His Potential

This is the most compelling reason why the Giants should be in love with Josh Rosen. Sure, he had a bad rookie season. Yes, his statistics were terrible. He only threw 11 touchdowns in 13 games but had 14 interceptions. But, statistics never tell the full story.

At the end of the day, NFL scouts watched hours of Josh Rosen’s college game tape and decided he is a 1st round talent. His poor rookie season should not change the Giants’ opinions much from last year. They believed he was worthy of a 1st round pick last year, so why would he not be worth a 2nd round pick this year?

Even though he was playing behind that terrible offensive line and throwing to below-average receivers, Josh Rosen flashed his true potential. When Rosen had time in the pocket and a chance to make a play, he usually capitalized and made the most of the opportunity. Unfortunately, he did not have too many opportunities.

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With Saquon Barkley in the backfield, an improved offensive line, a great offensive mind in Pat Shurmur, and a talented group of playmakers, the Giants could turn Josh Rosen into a superstar.