The New York Giants’ fall from the league’s elites happened quickly, and now major changes could be coming to the team under a new regime. Quarterback, running back and several spots on the offensive line highlight the team’s biggest needs, but linebacker and cornerback could also be positions of interest if the Giants suffer heavy losses at those spots in the offseason.
Round 1, Pick 2: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Rosen is the most NFL-ready quarterback in this class and the best one. If he’s on the board at No. 2, the Giants should lock up their future and not think twice about it. Rosen is accurate, mentally sharp and can make throws to all levels of the field, and he’s ready to step into the starting lineup as a rookie. His presence would allow the Giants to move Eli Manning via trade and get something for him before his declining value evaporates.
Round 2, Pick 34: Jamarco Jones, OT, Ohio State
Jones doesn’t have sky-high upside, but he’s a steady presence at tackle, and if the Giants don’t pick one now they’re not going to have a shot at a good one later in the draft. Jones could start off on the right side before eventually taking over for Ereck Flowers on the left side when the veteran’s rookie contract expires.
Round 3, Pick 66: Mark Walton, RB, Miami
Walton is a stout, slashing back with a good all-around game and enough burst to hit some splash plays. The Giants need help in the backfield, and Walton joining Paul Perkins and Wayne Gallman should round out a solid trio of talent.
Round 4, Pick 102: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Leonard has a strong athletic profile and great size, and we know how much general manager David Gettleman valued linebacker play when he was in Carolina. The Giants have needed help at linebacker for a while, but if B.J. Goodson can stay healthy, he and Leonard have a chance to be the duo the team really needs moving forward.
Round 4, Pick 135: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
Smith is pretty maxed out, and he’s probably never going to be a high-end starter, but he’s tough, physical and technical enough to fill a spot in the lineup for now, which is all you can hope for in a fourth rounder. The Giants have a big need at guard, and he’s better than most of their options there right now.
Round 5, Pick 139: Christian Campbell, CB, Penn State
Campbell is long and should run well enough, but there is still a good bit missing technically in his game. New defensive coordinator James Bettcher has worked with some project corners before, and he’ll have a chance to get Campbell right while he waits in the wings behind the Giants veteran corners.
Round 6, Pick 176: Folorunso Fatukasi, DT, UCONN
Fatukasi has a chance to elevate his stock with a strong combine, but for now, he’s a popular Day 3 pick because of the obvious flashes of all-around ability he showed at Connecticut. Landing with a strong defensive line group should only enhance his game at the next level.