The 2019 NFL Draft is just over a month away, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. is back. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The New York Giants will be the sixth team evaluated.
The Giants have had decent expectations the last two seasons with some good talent on the roster, but have failed to reach their potential. They finished the season at 5-12 and have made some changes to the roster already to prepare for the future.
Eli Manning was still operating the offense last year and led them to score 23.1, which ranked 16th in the league. They threw for 252.9 yards per game and rushed for 103.1 yards per game. The wide receiving core was led by two solid receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard along with tight end Evan Engram. Running back Saquon Barkley was a huge jolt to the offense, both as a pass catcher and a runner. The offensive line was improved last year with the additions of Nate Solder and Will Hernandez. The offense will look a little different with Beckham Jr. in Cleveland and the additions of guard Kevin Zeitler and wide receiver Golden Tate.
Defensively, the Giants allowed 25.8 points per game, which ranked 23rd in the league. The pass rush wasn’t great, as Olivier Vernon led the team with seven sacks. They do have some solid interior linemen in Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill. The linebackers aren’t the greatest, but Alec Ogletree entered the fold last season to help them out. The secondary was led by safety Landon Collins and corner Janoris Jenkins, but the unit lacked depth. Now, Collins has walked in free agency, Vernon was traded to the Browns and Markus Golden was signed to try and get after the passer. They also got Antoine Bethea and Jabrill Peppers to play safety.
2019 NFL Draft Picks
The Giants have 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft as a result of their roster moves this offseason.
First round (two picks): No. 6, No. 17
Second round (one pick): No. 37
Third round (one pick): No. 95
Fourth round (two picks): No. 108, No. 132
Fifth round (three picks): No. 142, No. 143, No. 171
Sixth round (one pick): No. 180
Seventh round (two picks): No. 232, No. 245
Quarterback- Manning has needed to be replaced for a few seasons now and the Giants are in the right range to draft a quarterback this year.
Offensive Tackle- Solder is ok for left tackle, but they need a better right tackle to complete their offensive line.
Wide Receiver- Tate and Shepard are both solid, but they need depth at the position.
Edge Rusher- Vernon is gone and Golden will need some help getting after the quarterback next season.
Linebacker- Ogletree and Goodson both need to play better or need to be replaced.
2019 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 6: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
With a pick in the top 10, this is the perfect opportunity to get a quarterback. Reports came out that the Giants didn’t like Haskins, but Matt Miller of Bleacher Report quickly debunked that. Haskins is the top quarterback in the class with great accuracy and the ability to make most throws that NFL teams ask of him. With a good young running back and offensive line that has talent, Haskins can thrive as the quarterback of the New York Giants.
Pick No. 17: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
Ferrell is a solid pass rusher out of Clemson, who could provide good value with the 17th pick. Ferrell could team up with Lorenzo Carter to provide a much better pass rush for the Giants in 2019. If they can improve the pass rush, the Giants defense will be much more effective.
Pick No. 37: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Tate is a number two receiver and Shepard can operate from the slot to make the offense even more dynamic. With the three receivers, Engram at tight end and Barkley out of the backfield, the offense would take a huge step forward. Harry has the size of a number one receiver and could be a good pick for the long-term for the Giants.
Pick. No. 95: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
To complete the offensive line, the Giants can select Howard. Even though he went to a small school, Howard has good physical traits and looks good on tape.