It's draft week so this is the all-draft mailbag.
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Dvid Underwd We know last year the draft unfolded in a crazy way. Lots of unexpected there. Most didn't expect Apple to be drafted, even though it wasn't exactly out of question either. What is your, off the charts pick, if things get crazy, and completely unexpected again?
In order for that to happen this time it would mean that the quarterbacks are dropping and other players (Jarrad Davis, Garett Bolles, Charles Harris, the expected suspects, etc.) are off the board. The Giants would have to think long and hard if Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is there. They might pull that trigger. I don't think it's going to happen but you never know when it comes to the NFL draft.
The other one I contemplated was taking USC cornerback Adoree Jackson if some of their top choices were selected in the first 22 picks. He can play in the slot, outside, as a returner and even on offense. That would be an off-the-board pick.
As for troubled linebacker Reuben Foster, give me a few more days on that one. Not sure yet.
Maybe. He's an intriguing player in that same group at Samaje Perine, Wayne Gallman and James Conner as the bigger backs who can provide a nice complement to Perkins. They are all different enough runners to fit the mold.
Ryan Moran What are some popular names people have linked to the Giants that you think they will not take? i.e. like what you have been saying about Njoku
Offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk and tight end David Njoku are the two most notable. Quarterback Davis Webb was mentioned by Mike Mayock. Don't see that happening. Same with Patrick Mahomes and Dalvin Cook. They are two others I just have a hard time believing.
Stephen Augustus Morelli JORDAN : lot of our eggs lay with JPP and DRC not getting injured. Either goes down the unit suddenly doesn't look as stacked. Should we draft DE or CB anyway to bolster our strengths??
It makes sense to select players at those positions after the first round. The Giants could definitely use depth, and that is what the middle rounds are for anyway. So, yes, they should draft DE or CB if the right player is there in any round but the first. Hard to justify those selections in the first though.
Utah's Garett Bolles is listed ahead of Robinson for a reason on my list of the 10 most likely Giants draft picks. My belief is that Bolles is ahead of Robinson on the Giants' draft board. He's their offensive tackle of choice in the first round depending on how the board falls, in part because he's the only real Day 1 left tackle option.
Round 2 is a little high for Butt coming off a second ACL injury. Think he's likely to land in the third. I'd say second is also a little high for Everett. Butt seems more like the kind of tight end the Giants would draft though. They don't select smaller players at that position.
Avi Jerushalmy Do you think the Giants would prioritize drafting a DT early to replace Hankins despite the fact that they usually slide edge guys inside on passing downs, thereby minimizing the true impact of the position?
Yes. The Giants value stopping the run. They liked the idea of two run-stuffing tackles next to each other to make opponents one-dimensional. They need another one of those on the roster and there should be good second or third-round value with defensive tackles. Alabama's Dalvin Tomlinson is a player to watch.
Joseph Fantozzi Is it a real possibility to actually draft a startling left tackle at 23? Seems far-fetched. I would love it but seems far fetched
Am I missing something? Would he be replacing a Pro Bowl starting left tackle? Taylor Decker was selected 16th last year by the Detroit Lions and was an average left tackle his rookie year. The top tackles in this year's draft are comparable in talent to Decker. Bolles can step in and play left tackle as a rookie. There is no doubt in my mind. Robinson is more of a right tackle.
Not a bad choice. The general sentiment is he has long-term potential as a left tackle. He would make some sense for the Giants.