With the 10th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select…
In just one week, New York Giants fans will get the latest glimpse of their future as the organization will have the chance to select one of the top prospects in all of college football.
In what has been an unprecedented course of action, not only was the first overall pick traded from the Tennessee Titans to the Los Angeles Rams but on Wednesday, the Philidelphia Eagles acquired the second overall pick from the Cleveland Browns.
Because of the transactions, it’s almost guaranteed that quarterbacks will be taken with the first two selections, and there’s a chance a third signal caller could be chosen in the top ten as well.
Now, how does this bode well for the Giants?
The argument could be made that QB’s Jared Goff and Carson Wentz aren’t necessarily deserving to be chosen one and two, respectively, as there are a number of position players that can make both a bigger and immediate impact on their professional teams.
Because of this, there is a great chance that the Giants land a player that they previously may have thought they couldn’t draft.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest names that could be wearing blue come September.
The Giants trade the 10th overall pick, a 2016 4th round pick and a 2017 second round pick to the San Diego Chargers for the 3rd overall pick and a 2017 sixth round pick.
Would General Manager Jerry Reese give up that much to move up to the number three slot? Probably not. But Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tusnil would be worth the price.
Despite dealing with injury issues throughout his collegiate career, Tusnil has both the size and athleticism to make him a franchise left tackle for the next decade.
Throughout his time at Ole Miss, he was able to excel in passing situations because of arm length with his legs anchored to the turf, while using his quick first step and ability to get to the second level to make him effective in the run game.
While a trade could be risky, the fact that Tusnil could join an offensive line that already features young starters Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, and Ereck Flowers could make the move too enticing to pass up.
Sure, some of that could be attributed to the play of the offensive line. However, neither of the three backs are considered great -and that’s something Ezekiel Elliott can be.
Elliot is everything you want in a running back, as he plays all three downs, is elusive, has a great burst and can also break tackles. However, due to publicly criticizing Urban Meyer at Ohio State and having an outlandish personality, some believe he could be a problem in the locker room.
On the other hand, it’s clear that the Giants lack an impact player in the backfield. And if Elliot is still on the board, Reese may deem him too good to pass up.
Falling Into Their Laps:
Once upon a time, Elliot’s teammate at Ohio State, Joey Bosa, was in the running for the first overall pick in the draft. However, some scouts think he’s more of a partier than some believe while others think the national spotlight made him look better than he actually is.
Either way, there is no doubt that he has the skill set to excel in a 4-3 defense – which is what the Giants run.
Throughout his time as a Buckeye, Bosa proved that he is just as good as a pass rusher as he is against the run. At 6’5″ and 270 pounds, he takes on offensive tackles, jacks them up and gets his nose dirty when runners come his way.
On top of that, Bosa has a healthy mix of pass rushing moves in his arsenal and is a constant threat to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
With Jason Pierre-Paul a becoming free agent after the upcoming season, the Giants could be looking for his replacement. If Bosa is still on the board, he could be the guy Reese is looking for.
High Risk, High Reward:
The Giants have a great history of linebackers that have suited up for the franchise. Unfortunately, they have struggled to find an impact player over the last few years at the position. Enter Myles Jack, a former two-way standout for UCLA.
Jack, who would be used as a linebacker if chosen, has shown freakish athletic ability during his college career. When it comes to pass coverage, he has excelled both in zone and man coverage, even lining up as a slot cornerback, defending wide receivers, and tight ends one-on-one.
On top of that, Jack has proven that he can shed blockers and react quickly, which leads to success in running situations.
Another advantage he has is his versatility, as scouts believe he can play all three linebacker positions in a 4-3 defense – again, the defense the Giants use.
Sure, his season ending knee surgery could scare teams away. But Jack can have an impact similar to the Seattle Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner – and that’s something the Giants desperately need.