EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A wrap-up of the New York Giants' draft.
Best move: Taking Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard in the second round. He may only be 5-foot-10, and general manager Jerry Reese described him as a "slot receiver." But creative offensive head coach Ben McAdoo sees in Shepard an accomplished all-around threat who can deliver from a variety of spots in a variety of formations. He should complement Odell Beckham Jr. well whether Victor Cruz returns from injury or not. Shepard is a player they targeted and were thrilled to secure with the No. 40 pick.
Riskiest move: Going the entire draft, for the first time in history, without selecting an offensive or defensive lineman. Yes, the Giants spent a small fortune on the defensive line in free agency. And, yes, they used two first-round picks and a second-round pick on the offensive line in the three years before this one. But the NFL axioms about building through the draft and through the trenches are true for good reasons, and you wonder whether they might regret passing on Laremy Tunsil in the first round because of that ill-timed gas mask video.
Most surprising move: Eli Apple in the first round. No one knew the Giants had Apple rated ahead of Vernon Hargreaves and William Jackson III on their cornerback draft board. But after they decided to pass on Tunsil and Tennessee and Chicago traded up to take Jack Conklin and Leonard Floyd right ahead of them, the Giants picked Apple, a 6-foot-1 cornerback out of Ohio State. They needed a third corner, and Apple is likely to get plenty of opportunity to play as a rookie. But he needs to develop into a long-term starter on the outside in order for this to have been a good Giants draft.
File it away: The three guys who got picked Saturday will have opportunities to move up the depth chart quickly if they can show they can play. B.J. Goodson is viewed by the coaching staff as a middle linebacker, a position where the Giants don't have a clear-cut starter. Paul Perkins could rise quickly on the running back depth chart if he stays healthy and guys like Andre Williams don't impress in camp. And the Giants think Jerell Adams can help as a blocking tight end -- something they haven't had since Daniel Fells got sick last year.
Thumbs up. The Giants got caught flat-footed in the first round when Tennessee and Chicago jumped them to take the guys they wanted, but they did the best they could with that pick, and Apple should develop into a starter. They got a pair of likely immediate contributors in the second and third rounds with Shepard and safety Darian Thompson. And they spent Saturday adding depth at positions where they have question marks -- linebacker, running back and tight end. In particular, fifth-round RB Perkins looks like he offers something the rest of the guys at his position group don’t, and could come on quickly. All in all, a Giants team that needs depth everywhere and needs to develop players better got a promising-looking crew. The only negative is that they didn’t find an offensive lineman anywhere.