The New York Giants finished the 2018 season at 5-11 which landed them the sixth overall selection in this spring’s NFL Draft. One would think that puts them in the driver’s seat when it comes to sinking their teeth into one of the best draft classes in years.

Think again.

The Giants only have two picks in the first three rounds — the sixth pick in the first round and the fifth pick in Round Two (No. 37 overall). They do not pick again until Saturday morning, when they select with the sixth pick in the fourth round (No. 108 overall). By that time. a lot of talent would have sailed past them.

The reason why they only have on pick on the second day is because they forfeited that pick last July when they selected Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal in the NFL Supplemental Draft.

Looking at the depth of this draft, one has to wonder if the Giants made a fatal error by claiming Beal, who missed all of 2018 with a shoulder injury suffered in his first week with the team during training camp.

The Giants are in dire need of big bodies and this draft is chock full of quality ones. Three rounds deep, at least. Now, with no third rounder, they could be on the outside looking in.

Beal is a quality talent, but with few teams dipping their toes into the Supplemental Draft, is he worth the third rounder, No. 71 overall? The Washington Redskins used a sixth-round pick on Virginia Tech’s Adonis Alexander, also a corner. Neither player ended up making an impact as a rookie.

Beal came to the Giants with a history of shoulder injuries and felt they were getting a bargain as many had Beal pegged as 2019 first or second round pick.

“We knew about the shoulder; there was no mystery there,” Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said last summer. “We knew about the shoulder. It’s like drafting anybody that’s got an injury; we knew about the shoulder. We had MRIs that Arizona had taken. He comes here, reinjures it, does what he does, and you know, it is what it is. Best-case scenario, he’s on the field and we’re not talking about this. Really and truly, we felt we’re getting next year’s third-round pick this year. So now with the shoulder, we get it fixed — it’s about a five-month procedure — and he’s ready to go in the spring. So, it is what it is. Anybody can get hurt. … He’s got to have surgery.”

Beal now has even more pressure on him. The Giants rolled the dice on him, and are so far losing. They will lose even further by not finding their way back into the third round of this draft.

On the positive end, the team expects Beal to become a starter this season. But that still doesn’t change the fact that they could very well be idle from pick 37 through pick 107. That’s too long to be inactive in this talent-laden draft.

If they decide to spend their first rounder on a quarterback, they’ll even be in a bigger hole. That would mean in a draft loaded with quality big bodies they would have taken a quarterback and a corner in the first three rounds. That leaves them with just one shot at a quality big body, by far the biggest need on the roster.

Now the Giants have eight picks on Saturday — rounds four through seven — but you’re assuming that Gettleman is some type of magician.

In this draft they need at least three, maybe four picks over the first three rounds. Here’s where Gettleman will earn his pay. How he gets this done is still unknown. Not many teams will be looking to trade back from the top 100. He’ll have to trade either his first or second rounder for more capital.

With Denver and Miami (among others) seeking to trade up for quarterbacks, Gettleman could easily acquire more picks and still end up with the player — or players — he came to draft. If he stays put, he’s hoping for lightning in a bottle and as we know, that doesn’t work very often. He can’t afford to be wrong.