New York Giants March Scouting Report
Here is the Giants update for March:
As GM Dave Gettleman has said, the Giants can rebuild and win. That remains to be seen. The proof in the pudding will be what he does with the 12 draft picks he has amassed. They don’t have much cap room in 2019 but will be in great shape next year. They are carrying $30 million in dead money this year…ouch!
QB Eli Manning is around one more year possibly two as the Giants continue to search for his replacement via the draft or trade. The most logical candidates via the draft are QB Dwayne Haskins, QB Drew Lock or QB Daniel Jones. The trade target would be QB Josh Rosen of Arizona. I wouldn’t mind any of these guys but don’t want to use the 6th overall pick on a quarterback. We have much greater needs on defense.
The backfield is set with the uber-talented RB Saquon Barkley. He is capably backed up by RB Wayne Gallman. They may sign a veteran free agent for depth.
The big news here is the trade of mercurial WR Odell Beckham Jr. He is a great player, but wore out his welcome. He is not a Giants type of player truth be told. When Cleveland came calling, Dave Gettleman couldn’t refuse a first round pick, a former first round pick (S Jabrill Peppers) and a 3rd round pick. WR Sterling Shepard becomes an integral part of the mix going forward. They also signed veteran WR Golden Tate to solidify the receiving corps. He is a pro and still dangerous after the catch. Former 1st round pick WR Corey Coleman could surprise as well. To bolster the depth, they re-signed WR Cody Latimer. In addition, they may take a receiver with their 2nd or 3rd round pick. OBJ will be not easy to replace, but this is Saquon’s team now.
With the departure of OBJ, the biggest receiving weapon remaining might be TE Evan Engram. The guy is a matchup nightmare, and I expect him to get plenty of targets in 2019 as he enters his third year in the league.
The offensive line retooling is almost complete as the last piece is right tackle. OLT Nate Solder, OLG Will Hernandez, C Jon Halapio and ORG Kevin Zeitler form a nice nucleus and will do a fine job compared to what we have seen in the past. The G-Men might address right tackle via the draft with their second first round pick.
The defense needs a major upgrade via the draft. LB Olivier Vernon was traded to Cleveland, so they need to look at an edge rusher with their first pick. Fortunately, it’s a deep draft in that area. I love the addition of S Jabrill Peppers. The guy is a multi-talented athlete, whom can do many things. We will forget about box S Landon Collins by midseason, as he departed via free agency to sign with Washington.
That’s it for now. More to come in April after the draft….
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