The Giants have 10 picks in the upcoming NFL draft, which gives them a chance to fill a lot of holes and strengthen a lot of weak positions. It’s very early, but here’s a look at how those 10 picks could go…
First round (6th overall) – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
There is no doubt the Giants are scouting Haskins intensely and if they pick a quarterback — so GM Dave Gettleman’s can use the “Kansas City model” to replace Eli Manning next year — it will almost certainly be Haskins and not Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. Of course, both could be off the board anyway. Would Gettleman trade up to fulfill his dream of finding Manning’s successor?
Second round (37th overall) – OL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
The obvious comparisons to Chris Snee aside (a former BC-er in Round 2), this 6-4, 303 pounder is considered an instant starter and plays the side where the Giants need the most help. He’s mostly played right guard, but he certainly could play right tackle if the Giants bring back veteran free agent Jamon Brown.
Fourth round (108th overall) – LB Ben Banogu, Texas Christian
If the Giants don’t take a pass rusher in the first-two rounds (and you can bet they will in Round 1 if they don’t take Haskins) they’ll need to take one before this round is over. The top ones, of course, are gone by now, but the 6-3, 250-pound Banogu lit up the combine with a record in the broad jump (11-2), a huge vertical leap (40 inches) and a 4.62 40. He’s a great athlete, but a bit of a raw prospect. He could be an instant situational pass rusher off the edge.
Fourth round (132nd overall) – WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
He’s a huge receiver (6-5, 226) who can be a terrific red-zone threat and the Giants have needed a big receiver like this for years. He was once a star running back at Tennessee, but switched positions when he transferred. Some think he still has a lot to learn at his new position, but his flexibility could make him an interesting option in Pat Shurmur‘s offense.
Fifth round (142nd overall) – OL Dru Samia, Oklahoma
A big (6-5, 305) Hog Mollie from the Big 12, he’s been starting since his freshman year and can play both guard and tackle (though he probably projects more as a right tackle). He’s also got a mean streak, which you just know Gettleman will love. He was ejected from a 2017 game for throwing a punch.
Fifth round (143rd overall) – CB Michael Jackson, Miami
There was a time he was thought to have a shot to be a first-rounder, due to his size (6-1, 210) and speed (4.45). But he never lived up to his physical potential enough to make that happen. Some think he could be an NFL safety too. Either way, the Giants need to restock with young players at defensive back.
Fifth round (171st overall) – OL Martez Ivey, Florida
He’s 6-5, 315 pounds and was thought to be a huge prospect coming out of high school, but he stagnated for the most part at Florida and really struggled against elite pass rushers. He may project more as a guard, but he’s still big, raw and some think there’s untapped potential. Could be a good developmental lineman for a team that doesn’t have many.
Sixth round (180th overall) – WR Darius Slayton, Auburn
He is a prototypical deep threat who has the skills to do a little more in the NFL. He’s 6-1, 190 and runs a 4.39 40, which will make him appealing. His final season in college wasn’t great, but the Giants definitely have an opening for someone who could stretch the defense and leave room underneath for their top weapons.
Seventh round (232nd overall) – S Saquan Hampton, Rutgers
Admittedly it’s just fun to think of the Giants with two guys named Saquan (or Saquon) on their roster. But this 6-1, 204-pounder had a good week at the East-West Shrine Game and figures to be a good-enough special teamer to get attention in the late rounds. The Giants are pretty thin at his position, too.
Seventh round (245th overall) – RB Nick Brossette, LSU
A typical LSU back, though not nearly as talented as some of his predecessors. At 5-11, 209, he’s a bit plodding (though he had a surprisingly good 4.62 in the 40, but good enough to handle short-yardage and compete for a job behind Saquon Barkley. Think of him as a special teamer and a potential replacement for the departed Jonathan Stewart.