Who doesn’t love draft season? If you’re an NFL fan, it’s one of the best times of the year. As fans, we get to see what rookies will become a part of our favorite teams’ rosters and potentially make a big impact in the league for years to come.
If you’re a New England fan, you’ve probably gotten used to seeing your favorite team perennially pick late in the first round (must be nice). If you’re a New York fan, then you’re probably excited with the Giants and the Jets both picking in the top three this year. While the Jets appear to be dialed in on a quarterback with their pick, no one has the slightest clue what the Giants are planning to do with their pick.
It was a weird sight seeing the Giants win just two games last season and finish near the bottom of the standings. While injuries and piss poor coaching were key factors attributing to Big Blue’s bad season, they look poised for a quick turnaround this upcoming year. That being said, what the hell are they going to do with the second pick in the draft? Let’s review their possible options, shall we?
This is the popular choice among football analysts and writers, myself included. Eli Manning is 37 years old and is in the twilight of his career. While he still likely has a couple of good years left in him, he’s not getting any younger and his contract number is not getting any smaller. Given how talented this year’s quarterback class is, the Giants can and should grab his successor at #2. They probably won’t get this chance again, and quite frankly, they shouldn’t want to pick this high again for a long time.
Barkley is the guy most Giant fans want, and I can’t say I blame them. Although selecting Barkley this high would be a big mistake, he is incredibly talented and should be an All-Pro running back for years to come. That being said, running back isn’t the premier position that it used to be, and the Giants would be wise to fill more important needs early on and possibly find a franchise running back later in the draft.
With the Giants announcing that they will be switching to a 3-4 defense this upcoming season, Bradley Chubb’s name has likely shot up to the top of their draft board. A 4-3 defensive end in college, Chubb has the size, speed, and athleticism to stand up and become an edge-rushing outside linebacker in the 3-4. While a quarterback would be the smartest pick at #2, edge rushers are a premier position in today’s league, and it is nice to imagine a pass rushing tandem of Bradley Chubb and Olivier Vernon.
Remember when I said before that this quarterback draft class is extremely talented? Well because of that, teams are very interested in moving up to select one of these talented signal callers. Given how much the Jets gave up to move from sixth to third overall, the Giants could get a king’s ransom from a team like the Buffalo Bills, who need a QB and have two first round picks this year. A trade may not happen, but it will be very tempting for Dave Gettleman if he gets such an offer.
While I think this has a slim-to-none chance of happening, it needed to be included given how much of a specimen Nelson is. He’s been called the best offensive line prospect since Joe Thomas, and will likely be an All-Pro from day one. The problem? He’s a left guard, and while it’s an important position, it’s not nearly as important as the blindside-protecting left tackle, and it’s certainly not important enough to use the #2 pick on. Sorry Quentin Nelson.
The 2018 NFL Draft is just over a month away, which means for the next month, we can expect a year’s worth of rumors, speculation, and mock drafts. The Cleveland Browns may hold the first overall selection in the draft (again), but how this draft shapes out will ultimately be determined by what the New York Giants decide to do with the #2 pick. I’ll ask again, what the hell are they going to do?
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