4. 2016 NFL Draft
After one mere season, the 2016 draft class is already one of Reese’s better ones. That is not a small feat to achieve.
This draft class has already started a combined 31 games. The only one that has not started a game yet has been linebacker, B.J. Goodson.
Eli Apple, the tenth overall selection in the draft, had a rough start, but closed out the campaign strongly. He has the potential to be one of the top corners in the NFL. He was drafted based on his potential and he still has that potential to develop into a lockdown corner in his second season.
In the second round, Reese selected Sterling Shepard from Oklahoma. This wide receiver was a nice find for the Giants. He fit right in as a slot receiver, ultimately performing better than Victor Cruz this past season. He posted 65 catches for over 680 yards and eight touchdowns. In addition, he looked like a future star at the position and a perfect compliment to Odell Beckham Jr.
When Darian Thompson was drafted in the third round, the front office was thrilled. They had believed that they had snagged the perfect compliment to Landon Collins at safety. Well, he performed admirably until going down with a season-ending injury after only two games. The Giants are still high on the safety and feel as though he is the perfect ball hawk to play alongside Collins.
B.J. Goodson, a linebacker from Clemson may be featured more in the defense this year. Last year he was blocked by a few bodies at linebacker, but based on how free agency is going so far, he looks to get a significant increase in playing time in 2017.
One of my personal favorites from this draft is Paul Perkins. The running back from UCLA looks to have a bright future with the G-Men. After Rashad Jennings release, he will most likely open up the 2017 season as the starting running back. Hopefully, he will rise up to the challenge.
After one year, this draft class is shaping up to be one of Reese’s best.