Should The New York Giants Retain LB Alec Ogletree After The 2018 Season?

The New York Giants acquired Alec Ogletree from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for 4th and 7th round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft during the offseason.

The Giants had a large void to fill at the inside linebacker position and the Rams were shopping Ogletree who is still in the prime years of his career at 27 years old. The Rams signed Alec to a 4-year, $42M extension and then traded him to the Giants 5 months later.

The Giants not only gave up draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft but agreed to take on his contract averaging over $10M per season. This was a large investment by the Giants and they arguably overpaid, but where do the Giants go from here?

Ogletree’s Contract

Alec Ogletree is paid as a top-shelf linebacker. The only two linebackers who have a larger salary per year are Luke Kuechly and Bobby Wagner. There is a huge gap in production between the Giants’ MIC defender and those two linebackers.

The Giants still have $18M in total guaranteed money to pay Ogletree over the next 3 seasons. If they decide to release him, they would have a significant amount of dead money against the salary cap.

Ogletree’s Impact

Alec Ogletree has always been known to make big plays since his days as a Georgia Bulldog. While he’s the type of player who makes big plays, he gives up big plays as well. In 2018 he’s continued to struggle with inconsistency and in coverage, but he hasn’t played poorly overall. He has 78 combined tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 4 quarterback hits, 6 pass deflections, and 4 interceptions through 12 games. His play has also picked up recently, in the last 5 games he has 34 combined tackles, 1 sack, 3 quarterback hits, and 3 interceptions. One of his interceptions came in the team’s only win before their bye-week against the Texans in week 3.

Ogletree’s play might be up and down, but his consistency comes off the field as a leader. He’s always seen trying to lift the team’s spirits throughout games and always has the right things to say publicly. This makes him valuable to the team in an intangible way as well.

What’s next after 2018?

The Giants might be overpaying the linebacker based on market value, but they would be in a far worse position next year if they released Ogletree without any reliable depth behind him.  If the team could successfully negotiate a pay-cut that would be ideal. If not they are better off keeping a solid player for a few extra million per year.

What Should The New York Giants Do At Quarterback In 2019?

Eli Manning may have just pulled off his 36th career game-winning drive in San Francisco on Monday night, but there are a few undeniable truths that the Giants fan-base and organization need to recognize and consider:

  1. Manning is 37 years old and will be 38 at the start of the 2019-2020 season.
  2. Manning’s quality of play has declined over the past few seasons.
  3. The Giants are 5-20 over the past two seasons.
  4. Cutting Eli Manning this offseason will save the Giants $17 million in cap space, according to Over the Cap.
  5. The Giants do not have an heir apparent at the quarterback position.

With that being said, what options do the Giants have?

Current New York Giants Quarterbacks:

Eli Manning: Despite his declining and consistently lackluster play over the past two seasons, there are a few reasons why the Giants might want to keep Eli Manning in 2019. For one, he is a Giants legend and they may fear facing fan-base backlash from cutting him, similar to the back lash they faced when benching him last season. Letting him play an extra year gives him the chance to retire and go out with a season long send-off.

Furthermore, if they do decide to draft a quarterback this year, they could sit him behind Manning for a year and let him learn from the veteran, similar to what Kansas City did with Patrick Mahomes. In addition to this, it can be argued that Manning is not playing as bad as the media says he is.

Manning’s completion percentage this season is the highest it has ever been at 67.6 percent, he is ninth in the league in passing yards so far this season, and he has been sacked a league high 32 times. These statistics can draw a few key conclusions.

First off, the Giants have an awful offensive line and it would be difficult for any quarterback to play behind it. Secondly, Manning has shown that he is capable of playing well when given time in the pocket. Finally, Eli’s 11 touchdowns in 9 games but 2,565 yards demonstrates that he and the Giants offense are good until they get into the red zone. This can be attributed to player execution and even coach Shurmur’s play calling.

Kyle Lauletta: Giants fans are eager to see what the team has in the 4th round rookie out of Richmond, but he has yet to even be activated for a regular season game. Coach Shurmur should definitely look to see what the team has in Lauletta sometime this season with some regular season playing time. However, his recent arrest and Eli’s magical win against the 49ers might delay the Kyle Lauletta show.

If he gets to play this season, the team can assess him and plan ahead accordingly. Best case scenario: they hit big-time on a 4th round quarterback and found their heir apparent. Worst case scenario: Lauletta has a maximum potential that most would expect out of a 4th round quarterback and he ends up being a backup for the future. The only way for the Giants to know the answer is to give Lauletta a chance in the 2018 season.

Current NFL, Non-Giants Quarterbacks:

Teddy Bridgewater: The 2014 first round pick out of Louisville for the Minnesota Vikings has had a rocky career. In his rookie season, Bridgewater showed great potential and won the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. In his sophomore season, Bridgewater progressed further and was selected to his first pro bowl. At this point, it looked like there was a promising career ahead for the young quarterback, until he suffered a devastating knee injury that would sideline him all of 2016.

In 2017, Bridgewater still was not healthy enough to be a starter again, but he managed to remain on the roster. In the 2018 offseason, Bridgewater signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets, played well in the preseason (one might even say well enough to start for another franchise with a 73.7% completion percentage and 104.7 QBR), but was then traded to the New Orleans Saints to backup Drew Brees.

Teddy Bridgewater will be a free agent again this offseason, and he is expected to draw interest from around the league if he is not retained by New Orleans. Being that he is a former Minnesota quarterback, Bridgewater has a connection with Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, former offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Shurmur is familiar with Bridgewater and knows his potential.

If the Giants are willing to cut ties with Manning, Bridgewater could be a great developmental option for the Giants if they feel like they can maximize his potential. Additionally, signing Bridgewater does not mean that he needs to be the future of the Giants. Theoretically, they could sign him the same way that the Jets did, if he agrees to it. The Giants could try to get Bridgewater on a one-year deal and draft a quarterback, just like the Jets did.

Derek Carr: Raiders coach Jon Gruden began a fire sale in Oakland during the 2018 season, trading away Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. According to Oakland’s general manager, Reggie McKenzie, no one is untouchable. That would seemingly include Carr. Derek Carr has been selected to a pro bowl each of the last three seasons and he lead his team to a 12-3 season before breaking his leg in 2016, a season in which he was an MVP candidate.

However, this season Carr has looked like somewhat of a shell of his former self. The former gunslinger now settles for countless check downs, as documented by NFL Next Gen Stats’s passing charts, and has a 10 to 8 touchdown to interception ratio through nine games.

This begs the question: what happened to Derek Carr in 2018? These issues could be attributed to his putrid offensive line, a lack of weapons, a fear of reinjuring himself, or the new coaching staff. These issues could potentially all be solved with a change of scenery for Carr, and that could just bring him back to his 2016 playing level.

If the Raiders end up with the first pick and decide to move on from Carr, they could select Herbert and put Carr on the trading block. If that happens, the Giants would need to consider trading for Carr, since Herbert would no longer be an option. The trade would be costly (potentially one first, one second, or maybe even two first round draft picks) but if the Giants are confident they could get Carr back to playing to his full potential, they should make the move and acquire the three time pro-bowler.

College Quarterbacks

2019 Draft Class: Last year’s draft class was considerably loaded. This upcoming year’s class? Not so much. The consensus for the top signal-caller of the 2019 class is Oregon’s Justin Herbert (and there are rumors that he might not even declare this year).

It is also well-documented that the Giants are heavily interested in Herbert. They have attended six of his ten games so far this season. He’s a big body, strong arm quarterback with a good personality. He’s had a good, but inconsistent junior year, thus far. He has games with a completion percentage as high as 78% and as low as 47%, so there is still much work to be done with consistency if he wants to be a star in this league. His 25 touchdowns and 2,621 passing yards in ten games are impressive, however, his accuracy can be inconsistent (as displayed in the Oregon vs. Arizona game in October).

Even with his high ceiling, when compared to the 2018 class, it would be hard to rank Herbert inside the top three prospects. Mayfield, Darnold, and Rosen would likely all rank higher than Herbert if they were a part of the same draft class. That being said, he could be a franchise quarterback with some development, but he’s not as close to a “sure-thing” as anyone in the 2018 draft class.

Other notable quarterbacks in the 2019 draft class include Will Grier (West Virginia), Drew Lock (Missouri), Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), and Daniel Jones (Duke). All of these players have potential to be first and second round quarterbacks and, with the right development, maybe even starting quarterbacks in the NFL. However, none of these guys are considered to have the same potential as the 2018 draft class by sources such as Pro Football Focus and Bleacher Report.

2020 Draft Class:

A lot of fans believe that Monday night’s win has ruined New York’s chances at the top pick in 2019 and, subsequently, their chances at drafting Justin Herbert. If that is the case and the Giants are unable to secure the Oregon quarterback, they might look to trade back, accumulate more picks, and draft someone from the 2020 draft class. 2019 Heisman candidate Tua Tagovailoa has been lighting it up in his sophomore year for Alabama, drawing comparisons to Russel Wilson. He will be every quarterback-needy team’s dream choice in 2020 and, with an accumulation of picks from trading down in 2019, the Giants could possibly have the first pick, or enough draft capital to move up to the first pick and select Tua Tagovailoa.

The Giants have tons of options for their future at quarterback. Being that they have so many options, it is too soon to say that passing on a quarterback for Saquon Barkley in 2018 was a mistake. After all, Saquon Barkley truly has hall of fame potential. Could this have been New York’s plan all along? Draft Barkley and secure a quarterback the following season? Possibly. Time will only tell. The New York Giants need to make the right decision this offseason in order to avoid what general manager Dave Gettleman would consider to be “quarterback hell.”

Who Are The New York Giants Signing As Undrafted Free Agents?

The draft might be over, but the New York Giants scouting department isn’t able to rest just yet. NFL teams are looking for sleeper additions that went undrafted after seven rounds, and the Giants are no exception. These deals aren’t official at the moment, but a number of undrafted free agents are expected to sign with the Giants.

Here’s an overview of the team’s early moves:

It looks like the Giants are trying to add some depth on their offensive line, bringing in both a tackle and a guard/center. Nick Gates was a starting left tackle in the tough Big Ten Conference while playing for Nebraska, and declared for the draft as a junior. He might have been selected in the draft if he had one more year of experience under his belt, and one former NFL scout believed that Gates could be the first Cornhusker drafted. It looks like the Giants might have found a steal with this signing.

Evan Brown is the other offensive line signing, and played four years at SMU. His starts came at both guard and center, and his versatility likely helped him with finding an NFL team. Another notable addition is cornerback Grant Haley. Giants fans who also support Penn State will be very familiar with Haley, as he was the player to score the winning touchdown following the field goal block against Ohio State in 2016.

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Haley also started 13 games last season for PSU and can be used in multiple ways.  He’s a very good special teams player and is also very quick, although his size likely kept him from being drafted. The Giants need help at corner, and if Haley stays with the team, he’s a player that could probably find playing time as both a corner and a special teams player. He’ll have to compete with Aaron Davis, from Georgia, however. The taller cornerback has similar career stats and will join college teammate Lorenzo Carter.

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Here’s the full list of players that the Giants have reportedly signed so far:

  • LT Nick Gates, Nebraska
  • OL Evan Brown, SMU
  • WR Davon Grayson, East Carolina
  • CB Grant Haley, Penn State
  • CB Aaron Davis, Georgia
  • LB Tae Davis, Chattanooga
  • WR Jawill Davis, Bethune-Cookman
  • S Sean Chandler, Temple
  • TE Stephen Baggett, East Carolina
  • DE Malachi Hoskins, Albany

Who Is New York Giants Quarterback Kyle Lauletta?

In the fourth round of the NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Kyle Lauletta. Who is this FCS quarterback, and what did the Giants see in him to make him worthy of their fourth round pick?

Here’s a quick recap of his career and his skills:

Lauletta played his college football in the state of Virginia, but it wasn’t with the Cavaliers or the Hokies. He played for the lesser known Richmond Spiders, an FCS school that is a part of the Colonial Athletic Association. Playing outside of the FBS makes Lauletta a harder sell as a prospect, but the redshirt senior still had quite the season in 2017 and gained the attention of NFL scouts.

Last year, he was the CAA Offensive Player of the Year, made the First Team All-CAA, and finished with 31 touchdowns. He was also a Third Team All-American according to STATS FCS, and his 3,737 passing yards put him in the top five nationally in FCS. All of these accomplishments, however, mean nothing if Lauletta doesn’t look good to NFL scouts in his game film.

If you look at some of Lauletta’s highlights, you might be reminded of number one overall pick Baker Mayfield. Lauletta is taller, but didn’t always have help from his offensive line at Richmond. He’s good at sensing pressure and moving out of the way, and his short to mid range accuracy doesn’t take a hit when he’s on the move. There’s complaints about his arm strength and by extension his deep accuracy,  but his medium accuracy looks strong enough to compensate, at least for now.

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Let’s be clear. Kyle Lauletta is not Eli Manning, and while he’ll learn under Manning, they aren’t the same kind of player at all. But Lauletta’s own style offers plenty of excitement and if he ever gets playing time, it shouldn’t take him long to excite Giants fans by keeping plays alive and throwing on the run, or simply avoiding a loss of yards. His offensive line looked horrendously bad at times during the William and Mary game last year, and if the Giants can offer him more protection, Lauletta should have an easier time living up to his potential.

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With a better offensive line in the Senior Bowl, Lauletta showed more accuracy and did it against players from FBS schools. Still, he hasn’t played in a pro style offense and Pat Shurmur might have his work cut out for him with helping Lauletta adapt his game to the NFL. He’s never played in a pro style offense and the reads required for the NFL will be different from the ones that he made at Richmond.

The throws will be different too, although the film indicates that concerns about his arm strength may be overstated. He won’t throw deep all the time, but if a receiver is open down field he has enough arm strength to make a play and deliver a catchable ball.

In short, Lauletta is a project quarterback that has good movement inside and outside of the pocket, along with NFL accuracy from short to mid range. However, he comes from a very different offense and his current play style makes him too much of a runner for the NFL. He’ll have to adapt, and Giants head coach Pat Shurmur might be the right person to help him with that.

New York Giants Draft: Possible Round 3 Targets

The New York Giants currently hold the No. 66 and No. 69 overall picks in this years draft. The first round was nothing short of exciting, and now the anticipation is building for Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

With these third round picks, the Giants should look for impact players that can help improve the team immediately.

Here is a look who the Giants should target with the Round 3 picks.

Shaquem Griffin, ILB, UCF

Dave Gettleman has said over and over that he wants players that love to play football. If Shaquem Griffin does not love the game of football, then I am not sure who does. By now, most people are aware that Griffin lost his left hand due to a rare prenatal condition.

Some may see his condition as a huge disadvantage, but Griffin has proved all of those doubters wrong. The 2018 Peach Bowl Defensive MVP, shocked everybody in the combine with his speed, athleticism, and the ability to catch the ball. He could help improve the linebacker group immediately, while still learning from some of the current veterans.

Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

This is where the Giants could attempt to replace Jason Pierre-Paul. Josh Sweat has the physical tools to fit in as a 3-4 linebacker and the raw talent to develop into a quality edge rusher.

Sweat has had some injuries in college, but when fully healthy he has flashed great athletic ability. He is a very coachable player that could fit in perfectly with James Bettcher’s group.

Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn

Drafting Davis would fill a huge need in the secondary for the Giants. He is a big-bodied cornerback with long arms and the raw talent to disrupt passing offsenses. With the proper coaching, he could become a starting corner for an NFL team very quickly.

Carlton Davis would be an immediate upgrade to the Giants secondary, by adding depth and more young talent. He has the luxury of not needing to start right away, though it would not surprise me to see him on the field Week 1.

M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina

Another defensive back that would be a solid third round option for the Giants, would provide physicality and versatility that the New York Giants could really benefit from. He is a well-built corner that plays physically in pass defense and run support.

He has the ability to play in multiple positions. He was a full-time starter and cornerback for North Carolina but could transition to a Nickel corner in the NFL and possibly safety as well. He also has the luxury of not needing to start right away, but I am more than confident that James Bettcher would find a key role for Stewart in Big Blue’s defense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Giants Draft Saquon Barkley With Number Two Pick

With the second pick in the NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

Reports from around the team started leaning towards Barkley over the past couple of days, as quarterbacks such as Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen fell out of favor with the Giants organization, and the pick is now official after Cleveland passed on Barkley to select Baker Mayfield with the first pick.

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Barkley is from The Bronx and has stayed relatively close to home for college. He finished his three year career at Penn State with 3,483 rushing yards and 1,195 receiving yards, as well as 51 total touchdowns.

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He also finished with an average of 5.7 yards per attempt, and scored twice as a return man for the Nittany Lions last year. Now, Barkley will play for his hometown and will be one of the cornerstones of the Giants team next season as the team rebuilds.

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Should The New York Giants Take A Risk On Pass Rusher Arden Key?

The New York Giants will eventually need to fill the pass rushing production that they lost when Jason Pierre-Paul made the switch to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and this draft could provide a chance to do just that.

However, it doesn’t look likely that the team will trade back from the second pick and take a pass rusher. If they do take a quarterback or running back at number two, the second round is where they’ll have to look for a defensive lineman.

Arden Key is a first round talent, but could fall to the Giants pick near the beginning of the second round. His draft stock has been up and down, but Key is still considered one of the best pass rushers this year despite his drop in  performance last season.

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He only recorded four sacks, compared to 11 in 2016, but played three fewer games. Still, he has the skill-set that a lot of NFL teams want. He fits the average size for the edge rusher position and has the versatility to play as a defensive end or outside linebacker.

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His inside rip move has been praised too, but he also has the speed and flexibility to beat tackles to the outside before adjusting to get to the backfield. His 2016 season had a lot of analysts talking about him as an upper first round pick, but after last year, there’s more question marks. Key’s off the field problems are a bigger deal than his statistical slowdown, and we don’t have the details on what those problems are, exactly.

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Key had to take a leave of absence from LSU and hasn’t commented publicly on the reason why. He’s told teams privately, but since the information isn’t public knowledge, it’s hard to predict if his problems from college will follow him into the NFL or not. There’s varying reports and some believe that NFL scouts have accepted his reasons, while Key has also been compared to Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, who struggled with drug tests after Dallas took a risk on him.

Should the Giants draft Key with the first pick of the second round, if he falls that far? On one hand, Key would be a major steal if he pans out the way draft analysts thought he would in 2016. The Giants are trying to replace Jason Pierre-Paul and good pass rushers usually come at a premium price in today’s NFL.

However, it’s not so certain that Key will reach his potential.

Unless the Giants have the full details of his off the field problems, and are confident that they can be worked around, Key is a dangerous pick that could follow the same path as Randy Gregory and end up not seeing the field very much. The details aren’t out there, so we the fans will just have to wait and see how the player pans out, but there’s safer options for the Giants to take at the edge rusher position in this year’s draft, with potentially the same amount of future production.

Is Geron Christian A Round Three Steal For The Giants Offensive Line?

Everyone knows that top offensive line prospect Quenton Nelson will make a big impact for whatever team drafts him, but what about the prospects that can be found in later rounds? It looks like the New York Giants will use their first pick on a quarterback or a running back, leaving them to look for an offensive line addition in a later round.

If they go for a quarterback in the first round, they may target a running back in the second. Fortunately, there’s at least one good tackle prospect that might be worth looking into as a third round steal.

You might not recognize the name Geron Christian unless you follow ACC football, but you probably know the player that he was responsible for protecting, Lamar Jackson. Christian played as both a left and right tackle for Louisville and led them in pass protection, and he has NFL size and athleticism while also showing good skill at anchoring himself against the pass rush.

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He’s big enough that most defensive ends can’t just bull rush through him, but isn’t too slow on his feet in a way that would allow rushers to beat him consistently with inside and outside moves. His experience on both sides of the field will be a benefit heading to the NFL, because he has the experience of being the main pass protector at left tackle but can also be moved to the right side to accommodate Nate Solder, who will be a starter for the Giants at left tackle next season.

However, Christian is still a player that needs time to develop. He’s not a surefire starter over Ereck Flowers at right tackle if the Giants draft him, and he doesn’t have experience playing in a pro style system. Not only are the schemes different, but he’ll be expected to block for longer as his quarterback holds onto the ball instead of making quick passes in a spread offense.

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One concern is that even while playing in the spread, Christian couldn’t protect Lamar Jackson as much as one would desire. Jackson is a scrambler who could get out of trouble sometimes, but an NFL tackle can’t expect his quarterback to run away from danger and pick up yards or avoid a loss after the pocket collapses. Still, when he’s playing well, Christian is good at blocking both strength based and technique based pass rush moves, and it looks like he has a higher ceiling than likely starter Ereck Flowers does.

He’s projected to go in the second or third round by most sources, and if he drops into the third, it’s definitely worth it for the Giants to consider drafting him and letting him learn from Nate Solder and other experienced players while fixing the flaws that he showed in college. If they do that, they could have an above average starter on their hands in the near future, when he gets more playing time.

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What Will The Giants’ Backfield Look Like This Season?

While quarterback is the position getting the most attention from the fans and the media, the tossup at the running back position is just as big for the New York Giants going into the 2018 season. There’s backs returning from last year, and options in both the early and later first round.

Once you throw in the possibility of the Giants drafting a sleeper outside of the first round, the position battle becomes even more of a puzzle.

So, who will lead the way in revitalizing the Giants’ running game? It makes sense to start with the players that are already on the team. Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman had the majority of the rushes for the Giants last season, with 171 and 111 respectively, and Darkwa led in yards with 751. But if you go by the eye test, he wasn’t a particularly dominant back and leading in rushing last year doesn’t make him the starter this year, even if you only compare him to Gallman.

Darkwa had the higher usage at 11.4 attempts per game compared to 8.5 for his rival, but their yards per attempt was very similar. Darkwa gained 4.4 yards per attempt, Gallman gained 4.3. The statistical gap comes more from Darkwa having more usage than an actual gap in talent between the two players. Additionally, he appeared in two more games than Gallman and played in a total of 15.

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Both backs are serviceable, but they aren’t the kind of players that you want to rely upon entirely. Darkwa couldn’t reach a thousand yards and when it came to yardage, he was the 24th best back in the NFL. Again, not terrible, but not someone who you can rely on while contending for the division and the playoffs.

Besides, Darkwa is set to visit the New England Patriots and is a long-shot to rejoin the Giants.

It looks like the Giants will add an additional running back in the draft, but it’s unclear just how much they’ll spend to get a new back. If they decide that fixing the running game is the main goal, Penn States’ Saquon Barkley is the best answer on paper. Assuming he doesn’t go number one overall, of course.

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Everyone is aware by now that scouts are predicting Barkley to be historically good, because of his fast gear changes and his combination of strength and balance. Barkley is the safest option here, but that’s not to say that his ceiling isn’t high.

His low floor and very high ceiling are exactly what makes him a safe pick in this scenario. The Giants will have to pay a premium to get him, and that means using the second pick and passing on a chance to get one of the top quarterbacks or improve the offensive line with another safe prospect, offensive guard Quenton Nelson. What happens if they decide to use the second pick to improve another position, and look for a running back elsewhere?

Other options?

There’s other good prospects in this year’s draft, but none of them are as well-rounded and pro-ready as Barkley. Many consider Derrius Guice the second best back in the draft, and while he doesn’t have Barkley’s acceleration or agility, he has good power and is hard to bring down once he’s through the hole.

In college, he outplayed Leonard Fournette when the current NFL running back was out injured. After playing as LSU’s full-time starter last season, he rushed for more than a thousand yards and recorded 11 touchdowns.

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Guice is on the radar of numerous teams and could very easily get drafted in the first round, however, the Giants should keep him in mind but shouldn’t assume that he’ll last until their second round pick. If Guice is off of the board, many fans think that Georgia’s Nick Chubb would be a good fit that can be drafted in round two. Chubb also played in the tough SEC and was always in the conversation as one of the premier running backs in the conference and the entire country. His four years in college gives him some extra experience going into the NFL.

Despite being a good prospect, however, there’s more polished players available and Chubb should be around in the second round. There’s a lot of ways that the Giants backfield could develop this season. Jonathan Stewart could start, with Chubb or Guice behind him on the depth chart for now. Or Barkley could start, and split time with Gallman and Stewart. Stewart was brought in as a seasoned veteran to help develop the younger backs on the team, and his familiarity with GM Dave Gettleman certainly helped his chances.

Bringing on Stewart and the emergence of Wayne Gallman in 2017 certainly puts former 6th round pick Paul Perkins on the back-burner.

Whatever happens, it looks like the backfield won’t stay the same. After all, fixing that area is one of the first steps to recovering from last season and getting back into a position to contend for the division.

 

Bringing Back The Tradition Of Great New York Giants Running Backs

Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw…

A few names to consider when thinking of good New York Giants Running Backs. Lately though in the horrible Mcadoo era, the position has been modestly ignored except for the drafting of Wayne Gallman out of Clemson in the 4th round –110th overall.

Gallman had decent stats starting late in the year. He rushed for 476 yards and caught one touchdown. Running Backs that can create balance were essential keys when the New York Giants and Eli Manning won both of their infamous Super Bowls.

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The next Giant Running Back?

There is a possibility with the 2nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the New York Giants could select Saquon Barkley out of Penn State.

Barkley essentially showed at the combine that he was the all-around most tantilizing back potentially in the last decade. He recorded insane numbers: Official 4.40 in the 40-yard dash at 233-pounds which was outrageous, and that came after 29 bench press reps the day before.

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Barkley also clocked a 4.24 time in the short-shuttle drill, which was the eighth-fastest among running backs in attendance. Barkley has shown he can be the first top three running back pick since Reggie Bush in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Barkley could greatly help Eli Manning to bounce back and create balance the New York Giants offense hasn’t had in a long time. The Penn State phenom has lightning quick speed, and can catch the ball out of the backfield, and can block.

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There’s no doubt that Barkley could bring back the days if Tiki Barber or Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. He packs a punch, he’s quick, agile, powerful and intelligent. An offense with Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram would be lethal against any defense in the league.

-Davis Webb

-Saquon Barkley

-Odell Beckham Jr.

-Sterling Shepard

-Evan Engram

-Nate Solder

These core players could easily be successful in the current day NFL. Having a polarizing running back and stellar left tackle is a successful formula alone, and adding a generational wide receiver to the mix only improves those odds.