New York Giants: Is A.J. Brown Hinting That The Giants Are Drafting Him?

The New York Giants brought A.J. Brown in for a top-30 visit.

The New York Giants have holes all over their roster heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. One big hole opened up at wide receiver after the Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

After creating this hole in their roster, the Giants were quick to address the position. To start, the Giants signed Golden Tate to be their new primary receiver opposite Sterling Shepard. Then, the Giants met with a few wide receiver prospects, such as Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown.

How Did A.J. Brown Reveal His Desire To Be A New York Giant?

Following his meeting with the New York Giants, A.J. Brown seemed to hint on social media that he will be a Giant come April, or at least that he wants to be a Giant. Brown did this in a similar fashion to what Saquon Barkley did last offseason.

Last year, Saquon was seen wearing a New York Giants hoodie in a barbershop prior to the NFL Draft. This came soon after Barkley met with the Giants and only a few weeks before the Draft.

This could have been Saquon’s way of convincing the Giants to draft him. Barkley showed he wanted to be a part of the New York media and the New York Giants. Saquon also could have been wearing the hoodie because he knew he would be a New York Giant.

On Saturday, A.J. Brown posted videos of himself wearing a Giants t-shirt on social media. The question is, which reason was Brown wearing the Giants gear for? Was he trying to convince them to draft him? Or have the Giants informed him they will be doing all they can to draft him?

Why The Giants Should Draft A.J. Brown:

A.J. Brown would be a great pick by the Giants. The 17th overall pick might be reaching on Brown, but if he falls to the 2nd round (37th overall) pick, he would be an absolute steal for the Giants.

Brown is arguably the most talented receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft class. If he were to be drafted by the Giants, there is a good chance he could step in and be their top receiver for years to come. Brown can play from the slot or outside. He is a versatile receiver with a dependable game style.

At Ole Miss, A.J. Brown was as dependable as they come. In his junior 2018 season of collegiate football, Brown was spectacular. He was Ole Miss’s leading receiver with 85 catches, 1,320 yards, and 6 touchdowns.

A.J. Brown is 6 feet tall and weighs 226 pounds. He has a solid build, allowing him to line up all over the place and reel in contested catches. Brown does not have blazing speed, but he has enough to get the job done with a 4.49 40-yard dash.

If the Giants draft A.J. Brown, their starting receivers would be Golden Tate, Sterling Shepard, and A.J. Brown. At 6 feet tall, Brown would be the tallest of the group. This would give Brown extra targets inside the red zone.

A.J. Brown might be able to make contested catches in the red zone, but that is not where he excels. Brown is a quick receiver with elite route running. His ability to create separation is his best feature. However, his ability to make plays after the catch is a close second. In 2017, A.J. forced 23 missed tackles and in 2018 he forced 17.

New York Giants: Should The Giants Trade Up For An Elite Defensive Prospect?

How will Quinnen Williams impact the New York Jets' defense?

The New York Giants have holes all over their roster after a pitiful 5-11 season. The Giants have come up in plenty of rumors surround trades for quarterbacks. However, a trade not a lot of people have mentioned is one for an elite defensive prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Who Might The Giants Target In A Potential Trade?

The Giants currently hold the 6th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. They do have a high pick, but they still are not likely to land one of the top 3 defensive players in the draft class unless a team in front of the Giants does something unexpected. There are 3 truly elite defensive prospects in this year’s NFL Draft.

Josh Allen is probably the best 3-4 outside linebacker in this draft class. He was spectacular during his collegiate years at Kentucky. Allen holds Kentucky’s all-time sack record. In his junior season, Allen racked up an impressive 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss. He had a total of 88 tackles and even forced 5 fumbles. Allen was an impact player game in and game out. After an impressive close to his collegiate career, Josh Allen finds himself as a lock to be a top 4 pick in the draft. If the Giants want Josh Allen, they will need to trade into the top 4.

Quinnen Williams is not an edge rusher but he is still an elite, impact defender. Williams is an interior defensive lineman from Alabama. He has been praised as the 2019 Draft’s “can’t-miss” player. Quinnen was nearly unblockable in 2018. He finished the season with 71 tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Williams was also especially impressive at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.83 40-yard dash caught the attention of scouts throughout the league. Quinnen Williams does not usually make it past the top 4 picks in mock drafts, so the Giants will need to trade up a few spots to land him.

Nick Bosa was considered the sure-fire 1st overall pick for quite a while. However, it looks like the Cardinals will be going quarterback with the 1st pick. Bosa will not have to wait long to be drafted though. He seems to be a lock at the 2nd overall pick to the 49ers. Bosa is a tremendous talent. Nick Bosa is the brother of NFL pass-rushing superstar Joey Bosa and has the potential to be better than Joey. In 2017, Bosa totaled 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, and 66 total pressures. If the Giants want Nick Bosa, they will need to trade up to the 2nd overall pick.

Why Would The Giants Trade Up For A Defender?

The Giants seem to be set on waiting as long as they can to get their next quarterback. It does not seem like they will be trying to draft one in the top 10 picks of the 2019 NFL Draft. If that truly is the case, why not go all in on defense and try to get the best player possible?

The Giants need an impact player on defense. The 2019 NFL Draft is filled with defensive talent. If the Giants are serious about improving the defensive side of the football, they should consider making a trade into the top 3 picks of the draft.

What Would The Giants Need To Trade?

The Giants hold the 6th pick and would need to trade all the way up to the 2nd overall pick in order to secure one of these players. The 6th pick is worth 1,600 points and the 2nd pick is worth 2,200, according to the Drafttek NFL Trade Value Chart.

This means the Giants would need to create an additional 600 points on top of the 6th pick. The 17th pick is worth 950, so the Giants might be able to trade both of their 1st round picks in order to get one of these players. However, if the Giants do not want to give up the 17th pick, they could still make the trade.

If the Giants offered the 6th pick, their 2nd round pick (worth 530 points), and their 3rd round pick (worth 120 points), they will have made up enough points to move up 4 spots and select a game-changing talent. Sure, the Giants could hold their breath and hope one of these players falls in their lap at 6. But if the Giants want to ensure they land a blue-chip prospect, they certainly have the draft capital to trade for one.

New York Giants: What Options Remain At Right Tackle?

The New York Giants have holes all over their roster. After a wild free agency period, the Giants managed to create more holes and fill barely any of them. One gaping hole on the roster is at the right tackle position.

After missing out on premier right tackle Daryl Williams in free agency, the Giants were not left with very many options. The Giants need to upgrade the right tackle position as soon as possible. However, their options are running thin.

Free Agency

If the Giants want to sign a right tackle in free agency, they will need to do it soon. The market has really dried up over the past two weeks. The Giants met with a free agent from Minnesota, Mike Remmers. According to his agent, the meeting went well and the team will likely sign Remmers, however, nothing was imminent.

Since then, we have not heard a peep. This leaves some fans wondering when this contract will get done or if it will get done at all. If the Giants are unable to sign Remmers, who would they turn to?

There are a few veteran right tackles sitting on the free agency market. One name the Giants could consider is Jared Veldheer. According to Pro Football Focus, Veldheer is an immediate-impact free agent who played well in 2018 before going down with an injury. He earned a 62.4 overall PFF grade which is much higher than Chad Wheeler’s overall grade of 47.4.

If the Giants end up missing out on Mike Remmers, it would be wise of them to turn their attention towards Jared Veldheer or a prospect in the draft.

NFL Draft

A lot of speculation has begun surrounding the Giants’ 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The pick was acquired via trade from the Cleveland Browns. Many fans and experts have been predicting that the Giants will draft a right tackle at 17 in their respective mock drafts.

A few great tackle options will be available at 17. Names to keep an eye on include Cody Ford, Jonah Williams, and Dalton Risner.

Cody Ford played right tackle for Oklahoma and did a phenomenal job protecting the Heisman Trophy Winner, Kyler Murray. Ford is an excellent pass blocker. He only allowed 8 pressures in 2018 as a full-time starter. Cody is an extremely athletic offensive tackle. He was impressive at the NFL Combine and consistently showed elite agility on tape. This athletic ability might cause a team to move Ford to guard, but if he were to be drafted by the Giants, he would play right tackle.

Jonah Williams is similar to Cody Ford in the sense that teams will consider moving him to guard. This is because Jonah is a bit undersized for the offensive tackle position. Despite this, Williams was a consistently great player during his time at Alabama. Jonah played left tackle in college, however, he could be moved to the right side since the Giants already have Nate Solder. Williams allowed only 10 pressures in 2018 and was also Pro Football Focus’s 3rd ranked run-blocker. Williams has been mocked all over the place from the top 10 to the top 25. If he slides to 17, the Giants will have to consider drafting him.

Dalton Risner is a technically sound offensive tackle prospect out of Kansas State. Risner allowed only 28 pressures on 1,489 pass-blocking snaps in his college career and could step in and start immediately at right tackle for the Giants. He did not face the same type of elite defensive talent that Cody Ford and Jonah Williams faced, however, he was still an elite collegiate offensive tackle. Risner could be an absolute steal for the Giants at 17, or if he falls all the way to the second round (which he might).

New York Giants Could End Up With An Elite Defender And Quarterback In 2019 Draft

Could the New York Giants find a way to secure Quinnen Williams?

The New York Giants face a dilemma in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants have decided to completely rebuild the team. They allowed their starting safety, Landon Collins, to walk in free agency and traded away superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

This leaves the Giants with holes all over their roster that they will need to fill in the 2019 NFL Draft. Some fans want to see the Giants draft the next franchise quarterback. Other fans want to see the team take an elite defensive prospect. There is a way the Giants could end up with both.

How The Giants Could Get An Elite Defender

The 2019 NFL Draft class is filled with defensive talent. The top defensive prospects in this class are elite, potentially future all-pro players. Players like Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, and Quinnen Williams are being looked at as elite prospects.

These players should all go in the top 5. However, there is a way the Giants could get one of these players with the 6th pick.

One of these players will have to fall due to a team trading up for a quarterback, or a team in the top 3 reaching on a player at a position of need. The Jets have been consistently brought up in trade rumors. If they trade their pick to a quarterback-needy team, such as the Dolphins, that would mean one of these players will fall.

In addition, if a team like the 49ers decide to skip out on one of these prospects, that would cause a defender to fall. The 49ers traded for Dee Ford recently, so it would not be a surprise if they decide they are fine on defense. The 49ers could take wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. They need a receiver, so it would not be surprising if they reached on one.

Assuming the Cardinals draft Kyler Murray 1st overall, the 49ers draft D.K. Metcalf, and the Jets trade away the 3rd pick, the Giants will be able to draft one of Bosa, Allen, or Williams. The top 3 picks will be crucial for the Giants and there quest to draft a top 3 defensive prospect.

The Raiders, more likely than not, will draft one of the elite defenders with the 4th pick. The Buccanneers will probably draft the best player available, however, it is possible they do not take Bosa, Allen, or Williams. The Buccaneers have been linked to linebacker Devin White.

If these possible outcomes happen, the Giants can end up with either Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, or Josh Allen. At the very least, they will be able to draft Devin White. These players would be instant-impact starters on the Giants defense and could change the course of the franchise for the next decade.

If the Giants draft a defender with the 6th pick, how will they be able to draft a quarterback, too?

How The Giants Could Get A Franchise Quarterback

By trading Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants were able to acquire the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Additionally, this trade might also allow the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback. The 17th overall pick will be a key selection for the Giants’ future.

The Giants have plenty of options with the 17th pick. If they want to use it to draft a quarterback, they could stay put and draft the best one available. Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, or Will Grier will be names to watch at 17.

However, if the Giants do not want to stay at 17, they could potentially trade their way back into the top 10 and draft a quarterback. In this scenario, the Giants could end up with Dwayne Haskins and an elite defender- this would be most Giants fans’ dream draft.

If a team does not trade up with the Jets to draft Dwayne Haskins, and the Giants draft an elite defender, Haskins will most likely fall all the way to the 10th pick before a team considers drafting him. The Giants will be at 17 and could potentially trade up to the 9th pick to keep Haskins away from Denver. The Bills hold the 9th pick and drafted their franchise quarterback last year.

According to the Walter Football NFL Draft Value Chart, the 17th overall pick is worth 950 points. If the Giants are looking to trade back into the top 10, it will cost them their 17th pick (950) and their 2nd round pick (530). The 9th pick is worth 1,350 points, so the Giants’ 17th and a 2nd round pick could get the deal done. However, the Bills will have all the leverage, so the Giants might have to throw in a future pick or maybe even a player.

The Giants have a rare opportunity here. They could acquire the face of the franchise’s defense and offense in the same draft. The 17th pick is only 8 spots behind the 9th, so the Bills would not lose out on too much if they traded back with the Giants. If the Bills intend to draft a receiver, the 17th pick will still get them a top 3 receiver in this draft class, and load up on extra draft picks from the Giants. It is a win-win situation.

Imagine a New York Giants roster that features Dwayne Haskins AND Quinnen Williams/Nick Bosa/Josh Allen

New York Giants: Empire Sports Media’s 7 Round Giants Mock Draft Version 1.0

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching. Fans, analysts, players, and coaches are all eagerly looking forward to the 2019 NFL Draft. On April 25, the NFL Draft begins.

The New York Giants are heading into a crucial draft for the franchise’s future. After passing on a quarterback in 2018 for the generational running back, Saquon Barkley, there is a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Giants will take on this year.

This year’s quarterback class is much weaker than last years. However, this year’s defensive class is one of the best in recent memory. This will put the Giants at a crossroads as they hold 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Will they address positions of need or simply take the best player available with every pick?

In Empire Sports Media’s first mock draft of 2019, I will attempt to predict who the Giants will draft in all 7 rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. I will provide detailed explanations for the first three picks.

Round 1, Pick 6: Dwayne Haskins Jr., Quarterback, Ohio State

Recent rumors came out recently stating that the Giants were not interested in Dwayne Haskins. Those rumors all went to rest on Wednesday at Dwayne Haskins’s Pro Day.

The Giants did not hide their interest one bit, sending Head Coach Pat Shurmur, Assistant GM Kevin Abrams, VP of Player Evaluation Chris Mara, and other scouts and coaches to Ohio State.

Dwayne Haskins even said during an interview that the Giants were interested in him. The Giants also had dinner with Haskins the night prior to his Pro Day.

It is easy to see why the Giants are interested in Dwayne Haskins. The Ohio State quarterback was incredible during his junior year. He threw a Big Ten record 50 touchdown passes to only 8 interceptions. He also had a Big Ten record 4,831 passing yards.

Haskins is a pro-style, pocket passing quarterback. He has the accuracy and arm strength to make every throw, as well as the high football-IQ to beat opponents with his mind by reading coverages and calling protections. Haskins reads defenses better than any other quarterback in this draft class.

Dwayne Haskins is the perfect quarterback for the New York Giants. While Kyler Murray might be the more intriguing prospect, he is not likely to fall past the 1st overall pick and is also not likely to fit Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman’s quarterback mold.

Dwayne Haskins has also said he is happy to sit behind and learn from Eli Manning. Manning and Haskins have a similar, pocket-passing playstyle, so Haskins should be able to find comfort and success immediately with the New York Giants. Manning is 38 years old and likely only has one season left, so Haskins will not need to wait long.

In all likely-hood, the Giants will probably need to trade up to secure Dwayne Haskins. The Jets are the most likely trade partner at the 3rd overall pick. However, it is difficult to say what the Giants would need to give up in this trade. The Jets gave up 3 second round picks last year to make the same trade, but the Giants only have 2 second round picks.

This means the Giants would either need to throw in a 1st, a 3rd and 4th, or a player. Since it is so difficult to predict this trade, I have decided to create this mock draft with no trades. As we get closer to the draft I will consider predicting trades in my mock drafts.

Round 1, Pick 17: Cody Ford, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

The New York Giants’ offensive line rebuild is nearly complete. There are only missing one more position: right tackle. Cody Ford played right tackle at Oklahoma. Some NFL analysts think he will play guard in the NFL, but if he is drafted by the Giants, he will need to play right tackle.

With all of the defensive talent in the 2019 NFL Draft class, it will be hard for the Giants to pass on an impact-defender at 17. However, Ford has an extremely high ceiling at a position of dire need for the Giants.

Cody Ford is an extremely agile offensive tackle. His quickness allows him to stay in front of speed rushers and protect his quarterback. Ford also has the strength and power to contribute in the run game. Dave Gettleman’s love for “hog mollies” is probably too big to pass up on a versatile lineman like Cody Ford.

Below is a clip of Cody Ford showing off his quickness in pass protection:

Here is a play where Cody Ford absolutely dominated his opponent in the run game (Ford is number 74):

The Giants might look to trade up with this pick to take an elite defender. Or, if the Giants trade up from 6 to 3, they might try to trade back from 17 to get the assets back that they lost in the trade for the 3rd pick. If the Giants are unable to make any trades, they will be more than happy to draft Cody Ford.

Round 2, Pick 37: Jaylon Ferguson, Edge Defender, LA Tech

As badly as I wanted to pair former Ohio State wide receiver Paris Campbell with Dwayne Haskins here, I could not go 3 picks into this draft without taking a defender. The Giants have so many holes on defense. They need to find defensive starters in the draft. The Giants cannot wait until the 3rd round to take a defender.

Thus, the Giants take Jaylon Ferguson in the second round of this mock draft. The Giants traded away their best edge defender, Olivier Vernon, in the 2019 offseason. Vernon simply did not produce enough sacks with the Giants. Not to mention he was being paid a high salary and was consistently injured.

Jaylon Ferguson would be a perfect replacement for Olivier Vernon. The Giants would go from getting a player who produces minimal sacks to having the NCAA record-holder for most sacks in a career. Ferguson totaled 45 sacks in 4 seasons at LA Tech.

In 2018, as a senior, Jaylon Ferguson totaled 26 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks. Ferguson was an extremely productive player throughout his collegiate career. Ferguson is solid as a pass-rusher and a run-defender. He has strong hands and a big frame, allowing him to fight through contact and get to the ball-carrier.

A tandem of Lorenzo Carter and Jaylon Furgeson could give the Giants one of the best, young defensive cores in the NFL. Both have the potential to be great players in the NFL.

Round 3, Pick 95: Daniel Wise, Interior Defensive Lineman, Kansas

Round 4, Pick 108: Dillon Mitchell, Wide Receiver, Oregon

Round 4, Pick 132: Kendall Sheffield, Cornerback, Ohio State

Round 5, Pick 142: Gary Johnson, Linebacker, Texas

Round 5, Pick 143: Tyree St. Louis, Offensive Tackle, Miami

Round 6, Pick 171: Mike Edwards, Safety, Kentucky

Round 6, Pick 180:  Austin Bryant, Edge Defender, Clemson

Round 7, Pick 232: Phil Haynes, Offensive Guard, Wake Forest

Round 7, Pick 245: Foster Moreau, Tight End, Louisiana State

New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins Performs During On-Field Workouts At The Combine

On Saturday, the quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers participated in the NFL Combine. Many players helped improve their draft stock by impressing in the on-field workouts.

The quarterbacks got to show off their accuracy and arm strength during the on-field workouts. While the prospects were throwing at the Combine, all eyes were on one quarterback in particular: Dwayne Haskins Jr. from Ohio State University.

Dwayne Haskins Combine Highlights

One thing that scouts and analysts immediately noted for Dwayne Haskins was how quickly the ball zipped out of his hand. He has great arm strength. On top of that, Haskins can make every throw. And he can do it better than every other prospect who threw on Saturday.

To start the on-field throwing drills, the quarterbacks threw slant routes. On these slant routes, Haskins showed off his arm strength. As Daniel Jeremiah noted, you can see the ball jump out of his hand. He completed every pass and put the ball in stride and on the money on every throw during the slants.

During the curl-routes and out-routes drills, Haskins impressed. Dwayne showed great timing anticipation during these drills. His accuracy in the intermediate range was a strength in college, and that seemed no different at the combine.

Dwayne Haskins showed off his deep accuracy on the corner routes. The prospects were struggling with this throw before Haskins took a crack at it. Kurt Warner even said the prospects were completing about 10% of the throws. But once Dwayne Haskins stepped up to throw, that changed. He put every throw right on the money. He had great height on his passes and tremendous accuracy, touch, to go along with perfect timing.

Giants fans everywhere will agree with Daniel Jeremiah: Giants’ super star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could have corralled the second pass by Haskins. Engram, too. Dwayne Haskins could be the future of the Giants’ franchise come April. The Giants seem to like him.

New York Giants’ offensive coordinator Mike Shula payed extra attention to Dwayne Haskins on Saturday. The team met with Dwayne on Friday night, then continued to scout him on Saturday. According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, Shula spent a lot of time chatting with Haskins on the sideline.

…Giants OC Mike Shula did stand and chat with Dwayne Haskins on the sideline during the early portion of today’s throwing session for about 8-10 minutes. Didn’t see that with anyone else. Shula also put Haskins through his initial throws before the WR portion. – Pat Leonard

Haskins was officially weighed and measured on Friday. He stood tall at 6 foot 3 and three eighths and weighed 231 pounds. It is safe to say Haskins is a big guy. Unfortunately for Dwayne Haskins, he is not a fast big guy. He ran a 5.04 40 yard dash at the Combine. He was the slowest quarterback in his group.

A good thing for Dwayne Haskins is that he is more of a thrower than a runner. His slow 40 time will not affect his draft stock at all because it is not important. Haskins will never be asked to run 40 yards straight down the field. He is a strong-armed accurate passer. He plays his best when he has time in the pocket and can scan the field. Dwayne Haskins is an accurate, pro-style quarterback.

New York Giants: Quarterback Prospects Weigh In At The Combine

Should the New York Giants draft Oklahoma star, Kyler Murray?

The 2019 NFL Scouting Combine officially began on Thursday, February 28th. On Thursday, the 2019 Draft prospects were officially weighed and measured. All eyes were on this year’s quarterback class.

After NFL teams had their coaches and general managers conduct press conferences on Wednesday, fans and analysts were keeping a keen eye on a few specific prospects. For the Giants, those prospects were Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins.

Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur committed to veteran Eli Manning Wednesday. However, him and general manager Dave Gettleman both acknowledge Eli’s age. He turned 38 years old in January. As Pat Shurmur said, Eli is “closer to 40 than he is to 20.”

With Eli’s age being a factor, the Giants are aware they need to have a plan for the future. Gettleman and Shurmur both admitted they are thinking about a succession plan and they are scouting this year’s quarterback class. With all this in mind, it is easy to assume the Giants took notes of the quarterbacks’ measurements.

Kyler Murray

Possibly the most intriguing prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray won the Heisman Trophy in 2018 as he put up 42 passing touchdowns and 4361 passing yards, along with with 12 rushing touchdowns and 1,001 rushing yards. He is the definition of dual-threat.

Despite his magical 2018 season at Oklahoma, Murray comes with a plethora of question marks. The main one being his size. But Murray answered all questions during his official weigh in and measurements at the Combine.

Throughout Kyler’s college career and this year’s NFL offseason, there has been speculation about Murray’s height. Some predicted he would be measured at only 5 feet 8 inches. However, at the Combine, Murray measured out a little taller and heavier than expected.

Kyler Murray’s official weight at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is 207 pounds. This is a huge win for Kyler Murray. Many analysts predicted his weight to be closer to 180 pounds. Murray proved today that the Russell Wilson comparisons might not be much of a stretch. He actually weighed in 3 pounds heavier than Wilson did at his Combine.

On top of his surprising weight, Murray impressed scouts with his height. He was measured at 5 feet 10 inches, just one inch below Russell Wilson. He even had some of the biggest hands in the class with 9 and a half inches (bigger than 6 foot 3 inch Drew Lock).

Murray’s weight and measurements might entice a quarterback-needy team to take him in the top 10. After Shurmur’s press conference, some might believe the Giants could be that team.

Dwayne Haskins

Before the 2019 NFL Combine, Giants fans were all in on Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Now the fanbase seems to be split between Haskins and Kyler Murray. Either way, both seem to be great options, and after Combine measurements, Haskins deserves just as much of the spotlight.

Dwayne Haskins had great measurements at the Combine. He has a solid, prototypical NFL body. Dwayne stood tall at 6 foot 3 inches and three eighths. This is the average height for quarterbacks in the NFL. Knowing that Gettleman likes big quarterbacks, this should be music to his ears.

Haskins also weighed in an ideal weight. He was a solid 231 pounds. To compare Haskins’s body type to a notable pro, Patrick Mahomes is listed at 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds. Haskins has nice sized hands at 9 and five eighths inches.

With the ideal size for an NFL quarterback, and his fantastic film at Ohio State, Haskins looks to have a promising NFL career. He has been mocked to the Giants in numerous mock drafts. With a good showing at the combine, the Giants could become even more interested in Dwayne Haskins.

Drew Lock And Daniel Jones

Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins are the two best quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft. There is a strong possibility that both of them are selected in the top 10. However, they are not the only quarterbacks receiving first-round buzz.

Drew Lock from Missouri is the consensus third-best quarterback in this draft class. Some have been lead to believe he might even be selected in the top 15. He is a tall, strong arm quarterback. He is listed at 6 foot 3 and six eighths inches, as well as 228 pounds. Unfortunately, Lock only had 9 inch hands. Some teams might even consider that to be too small.

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones has the ideal quarterback body. He stands mighty tall at 6 foot 5 and weighs in at 221 pounds. He has large hands, too, at 9 and six eighths inches. Not only does Jones have the ideal body, he also has a connection to the Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning. Daniel Jones was coached by Eli Manning’s same quarterback coach. He could be an option for the Giants if they trade back, or if he slides into the second round and the Giants decide to draft another position in round one.

If the Giants choose to draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they have multiple options. As the Combine continues, the Giants will be keeping a close eye on these players as they participate in drills. Expect to see the Giants conduct formal meetings and interviews with a few of these prospects.

New York Giants: Head Coach Pat Shurmur Is Committed To Eli Manning

With the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine taking place this week, the New York Giants’ staff conducted interviews on Wednesday. The hot topic surrounding these interviews was, of course, the Giants’ quarterback position. The Giants were asked about their plans for the position in 2019 and beyond. The Giants would not reveal too much about their plans beyond 2019. However, head coach Pat Shurmur made one thing clear: Eli Manning “is back.”

What Coach Shurmur Had To Say About Eli Manning

This is not the first time coach Shurmur has said to the press that he wants Manning back in 2019. But for the first time all offseason, we heard a definitive answer. Rather than saying he wants Eli back, Shurmur said “He’s back.” There is a big difference between the two.

Coach Shurmur is confident Eli can still compete at a high level. He does not blame Eli for the Giants’ 5-11 season. Shurmur thinks that if the rest of the team plays better, Eli will too.

“I think Eli can help us win games, and he proved, when the players around him started playing better, that he can play at a very high level and help us win games,” Shurmur said. “So, yeah, at this point I want Eli back.” – Pat Shurmur

Despite this, Shurmur did not rule out the possibility of adding another quarterback to the roster in the offseason. The Giants will be doing their due diligence on the 2019 Draft Class to try to identify a franchise quarterback. In fact, Shurmur made it clear he has already started evaluating the top prospects at that position.

What Coach Shurmur Had To Say About 2019 Quarterback Prospects

When asked about Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins, Shurmur admitted that he has already watched every single play from both of the prospects’ junior seasons. Both prospects only started one season in college, so there is not too much film for the Giants to evaluate. But Shurmur has already watched every play from Haskins’s and Murray’s careers.

Regarding Murray’s controversial height, Shurmur did not seem too unsettled by it.  He noted that Murray’s height did not seem to effect his ability to throw the ball in college. Shurmur pointed out a key statistic during his press conference: “For a sub-6-foot player, he only had five balls batted down.” Shurmur is willing to look at quarterbacks of all shapes and sizes.

“Times have changed. Quarterbacks come in all shapes and sizes. … Russell Wilson won a Super Bowl, so I think you’ve got to look at the total player, you’ve got to look at his productivity, and you’ve got to look at whether he fits. And I think we as coaches then will use their skillsets to the best of their ability to get the most out of them and win games.” – Pat Shurmur

Both Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman floated the idea of a quarterback succession plan. They both made note of “the Kansas City Model.” What they were referring to was how the Chiefs groomed league MVP Patrick Mahomes. They drafted him in 2017, had him sit a full season and learn behind veteran Alex Smith, then promoted Mahomes to the starting quarterback job for 2018.

Mahomes went on to throw 50 touchdown passes and win league MVP while leading his team to the AFC Conference Championship game. The Giants would love to have similar success. If the Giants are confident in one of the 2019 Draft’s quarterbacks as a franchise guy, they will not hesitate to draft him and groom him behind Manning.

New York Giants Confirmed To Have 10 Draft Picks In 2019 Draft

New York Giants. Dave Gettleman, Pat Shurmur

The 2019 NFL Draft will begin on April 25th and carry through to the 27th. This will be a crucial draft for the New York Giants’ future. Having plenty of draft picks will be beneficial for them as they try to find talent to add to a 5-11 roster.

It was originally predicted that the Giants were going to have 11 draft picks. However, it is now confirmed they will only have 10. The Giants have been awarded a compensatory pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Many thought the Giants would receive more than one pick, but that is unfortunately not the case.

Where Are The Giants Picking?

The compensatory pick that the Giants have received is a 5th round pick. It is pick 172. The Giants now have 3 draft picks in the fifth round. The other pick was acquired by trading Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions.

In the fifth round, the Giants will be picking back to back. They have the 143rd pick and the 144th pick. Then again, of course with the 172nd pick. This is not the only round the Giants have multiple picks in.

In the fourth round, the Giants own two picks. They have their own pick (109) and they have a pick acquired via trade (133). The Giants have the Saints’ fourth round pick that they gained by trading away cornerback Eli Apple. In the sixth round the Giants have just one pick. It is pick 181 and it is their own.

In the 7th round, the Giants have two picks. neither of these picks are the Giants’ own. They own the Vikings’ pick (234) from trading away center Brett Jones. They also have the Rams’ seventh round pick (247) that they received in a trade in which they also received Alec Ogletree.

The Giants do not own a third round pick in 2019. They forfeited their pick when they selected Sam Beal in the third round of the Supplemental Draft. However, they do own their second round pick.

The Giants’ second round pick is the 37th overall pick in the draft. Being that it is near the top of the round, the Giants could end up getting a first-round prospect who falls with the 37th pick.

As all Giants fans know, the Giants own the 6th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. It is their third time picking in the top 10 in the last four years. This will be a crucial draft pick for the franchise’s future. The Giants will need to decide wether or not the 6th pick will be used to select their next franchise quarterback or if it will be used elsewhere.

What Can The Giants Do With So Many Draft Picks?

Having 10 picks in the draft gives the Giants a lot of flexibility. Of course, they could stay put and take 10 players with their 10 picks. However, the Giants could trade up in the draft with so many picks. The more picks, the more trade value.

If the Giants love a prospect in the third round, they could potentially trade both of their fourth round picks to move back into the third round and take their guy.

These picks could even be traded outside of the draft. The Giants might feel it is best to have a veteran free safety going into 2019. Trading a late-round pick for a veteran could be of great value to the Giants. Last offseason they traded a mid-round pick to acquire Alec Ogletree. Dave Gettleman could look to make a similar move in 2019.

New York Giants Draft Profile: Edge Defender Jachai Polite

The New York Jets drafted Jachai Polite in the third-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

His last name might be Polite… but on the football field, he’s as rude as they come.

Jachai Polite is 3-4 edge rusher out of the University of Florida. He decided to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft after a productive junior season. Polite is expected to be selected in the first round of the draft.

In his junior year, Jachai was able to total an impressive 11 sacks. On top of that, he added 19.5 tackles for loss. Polite was also able to force 6 fumbles and have 4 passes defended.

Strengths:

Jachai Polite has a variety of elite speed-rush moves. He is able to win with the spin move, swim move, and his incredible bend. His bend allows him to win on the outside and make his way back to the quarterback. His frame and flexibility are ideal for NFL edge defenders.

Jachai is a thin edge defender, which is the reason for his speed. He should be expected to run a quick 40 yard-dash. His speed and quickness off the edge could draw comparisons to Von Miller. It is one of his biggest strengths and makes him an exciting prospect in this class.

Weaknesses:

Jachai Polite is an elite speed-rusher, however, every prospect has his flaws. Polite is not limited as only a speed-rusher, but he is not elite in run defense. He can hold his own, but he will not be a strong, consistent presence against the run. Polite might need to gain weight and strength once he makes it to the NFL.

Too often Jachai gets pushed off of the line and out of the play against the run. He also does not have enough strength and power to move tackles into running lanes. He is a secure tackler and has solid pursuit, so if the runner comes in his area, Jachai will make the play. But he has not consistently shown the ability to go through blockers to get to the runner.

Draft Stock:

Right now, days before the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Jachai Polite is considered a top-25 pick in this year’s draft. However, he has room for improvement. Some added weight and an impressive showing in the bench-press could move him up some teams’ draft boards.

Jachai will be expected to perform near the top of his position’s class in the dash, shuttle, and cone drills because of his speed and quickness. But if he performs well in the strength tests and interviews too, he could improve his stock.

In order for Jachai Polite to be in play for the Giants, a couple of things need to happen. First, the Giants need to decide they do not consider any quarterback in this draft class to be a franchise guy. Second, the Giants need to trade back.

Polite is not expected to be a top 10 pick. But, if the Giants move back between picks 10 and 20, Jachai Polite could be a home run selection along with the added draft capital the Giants would acquire in that trade.