The New York Giants had one of their most successful and productive drafts in years under the lead of general manager Dave Gettleman in 2018, but don’t tell that to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

Despite landing the 2018 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in running back Saquon Barkley, as well as three other starters, including defensive lineman B.J. Hill, who broke the team’s rookie record for sacks, Kiper believes the Giants still blew it.

Overall, Kiper gives the Giants a ‘B’ upon his re-grade, while insisting the Giants made the wrong call by passing over quarterback Sam Darnold, who would have and would still be riding the pine behind veteran Eli Manning.

A year later, I still would have gone with quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 2 overall pick. Saquon Barkley is obviously a great player — he finished his rookie season with 1,307 rushing yards, 721 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns — but just look where the Giants are this offseason. Eli Manning is 38 and coming off another so-so year, and there’s no quarterback of the future on the roster. Odell Beckham Jr. is gone. Barkley is likely going to get 300 touches in a rebuilding 2019 season, and New York will be right back to drafting in the top 10 in 2020. Teams can get value with running backs on Days 2 and 3, which is why it’s tough to justify taking a back in the top five, no matter how good he is.

Now, GM Dave Gettleman had some hits elsewhere. I liked the pick of Will Hernandez in Round 2, and the guard played 99.9 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in Year 1. Outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter and defensive tackle B.J. Hill combined for 9.5 sacks. That’s three starters added on Day 2. The Giants also got contributions from undrafted defenders Grant Haley and Tae Davis.

As I wrote last April, “you can love the player but question the pick.” Barkley is a superstar. But New York still went 5-11, and I don’t see things getting better in 2019.

New grade: B

The thing Kiper and others continue to gloss over is that the Giants weren’t sold on Darnold or any other quarterback in the draft. And while he showed some promise for the Jets late last season, he’s still not a guaranteed success going forward. Barkley is.

The Giants made the right choice and that’s not going to change no matter how hard the negative narrative drum is beaten. And if the Giants come away with a quality quarterback this year or next, they will have ultimately made the right move by going with Barkley, who will one day be standing on the steps in Canton.