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

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

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

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

The technical genius:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

What are their options?

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

Free Agency

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

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

The Draft

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

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

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

Current Players?

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Round 1:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why do I think Jackson would excel with the Giants?

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

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

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

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

Round 2:

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

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

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

Round 3:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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What could the Giants get out of him?

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Notable Games From The 2018 Giants Schedule

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

Here’s three that stand out:

Week 2: at Dallas Cowboys

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

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

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Week 6: vs Philadelphia Eagles

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

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

Week 1: vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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

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

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

New York Giants Release Veteran Wide Receiver, Save Ton Of Cap-Space

The New York Giants seem to be ridding themselves of all the aging talent taking up too much cap-space on the team. Veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been cut by the Giants, saving the team $6.15 million in cap space.

What does this mean?

By cutting both Marshall and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team will save about $11 million in cap.

Marshall played only one season in New York, but failed to reach his potential as Odell Beckham Jr’s. complement. The former New York Jet was injured early on in the season with an ankle ailment, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.

Marshall dropped two passes late in games that could have turned the season around for the Giants early on, but those drops will now live forever in the depths of the lost 2017 season.

For the Giants, becoming younger and hungrier was the main goal when they brought on general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur. It seems as if their goal is becoming more apparent now that they have cut two costly contracts from the salary-cap.

Dave Gettleman Will Not Shy Away From Taking RB At No. 2 – Here’s The Proof

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The New York Giants hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, but the big question is what will they do with it? The answers are only one week away, and it all lies behind the smokescreen that new GM Dave Gettleman has cast into the air.

But, there’s one thing that we can be sure of, Gettleman will ‘not’ shy away from taking a running back just because he’s in the top five prospects in the draft. If the Giants believe that second-year quarterback Davis Webb is their man, Penn State running back Saquon Barley could be a Giant within the first hour of the draft.

The primary question fans ask is: Why would a team spend a top two pick on a running back, and is Gettleman smart enough to realize that there’s more value in a quarterback?

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Well, Gettleman’s strength is seeing value, which in his words, certainly doesn’t rule out taking  a RB at the No. 2 spot.

“The bottom line is: Is this guy a football player?” Gettleman said at the NFL combine a few months ago. “This whole myth of devaluing running backs, I find it kind of comical. At the end of the day, if he’s a great player, he’s a great player.It doesn’t matter what position he is.”

This quote attests to his comments that he will be selecting the player most capable of wearing a gold jacket at the end of his career.

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A 234-pound linebacker framed running back with 4.4 speed and a superior skill-set over Ezekiel Elliot, fits the bill. Taking Barkley might be the safest bet to grab an uber talented player with generation potential. Gettleman previously drafted Christian McCaffrey with the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, which has seemingly worked out well for the Panthers.

The stud Texas A&M running back provided Cam Newton with a legitimate running back that can also flank out as a wide receiver, and provided the team with kick returning ability. Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur would ultimately have a field day with Barkely at his disposal, but is it better to be safe than sorry?

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Passing on a quarterback could be potentially catastrophic for the Giants, who are in need of Eli Manning’s potential heir. The question of Davis Webb remains, and he could ultimately be the deciding factor when the Giants are on the clock.

 

Here’s Why The Giants Shouldn’t Rule Out Baker Mayfield As Their QB Selection

The NFL Draft is only days away, and it is still a huge mystery what the New York Giants are going to do with the second overall pick. Saquon Barkley seems like the favorite, but they could take Bradley Chubb, a quarterback, or trade back and acquire more picks.

Running with the narrative that they will take a quarterback, Baker Mayfield is one they shouldn’t rule out just yet.

Heres why:

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Baker Mayfield ranks at or near the top in nearly every category, according to Pro Football Focus. He has the best adjusted completion percentage of all quarterbacks in this draft, handles himself under pressure with the best, and ranks as the best deep passer in the draft as well. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner had the highest passer rating of any quarterback in this draft when blitzed as well as when he is not.

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Some say that the system he played in is what helped his success because his receivers were often wide open. But if you narrow it down to just NFL type throws, Mayfield is still the best, and he has shown tremendous ability to make those tight window throws. His natural instinct gives him the ability to make plays with his arm or legs when the play breaks down.

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The one main concern about Baker Mayfield is his height, officially measuring at 6’0″. Most scouts prefer quarterbacks to be taller than that, but let us not forget about two of the shortest quarterbacks in the NFL right now, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees. Believe it or not, Mayfield has comparable traits as Brees and it’s not just height that they have in common.