Despite their 3-13 record, the New York Giants didn’t finish last in everything in the NFC East last season.
NFL.com gave the Giants 2017 rookie class, the highest grade amongst teams in the NFC East with a B+. So this is something Giants fans can boast about as the future does look bright.
These are the grades they gave for each team in the division:
New York Giants: B+
Philadelphia Eagles: B
Washington Redskins: B
Dallas Cowboys: B
The best way to build a championship is through the draft and in what would turn out to be Jerry Reese’s last draft class, the 2017 Giants draft class gives the Giants a bright future.
— New York Giants (@Giants) February 14, 2018
Round 1: TE Evan Engram (23rd overall)
Engram led all rookie tight ends in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. His six receiving touchdowns set a franchise record for a rookie tight end. He was worthy of Pro Bowl consideration and is bound to make several Pro Bowls in the future.
2017 Stats: 64 receptions, 722 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns
Round 2: DT Dalvin Tomlinson (55th overall)
Tomlinson filled in admirably in his rookie season for the departed Johnathan Hankins, and he appeared in all 16 games last season. His 50 tackles led all rookie defensive linemen. The former Alabama Crimson Tide has a bright future in this league.
2017 stats: 50 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
Round 3: QB Davis Webb (87th overall)
Webb didn’t appear in any game this season and his future with the Giants is unknown, especially if the Giants draft a quarterback with the number two pick in the upcoming draft.
Round 4: RB Wayne Gallman (140th overall)
2017 stats: 476 rushing yards, 34 receptions, 193 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown
Round 5: DE Avery Moss (167th overall)
Moss appeared in 11 games and showed promise. He could thrive this coming season if the Giants go to a 3-4 defense.
2017 stats: 14 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble
Round 6: OL Adam Bisnowaty (200th overall)
The lone offensive lineman the Giants drafted appeared in one game this season in the season finale against the Redskins.
Undrafted free agent: LB Calvin Munson
Injuries forced Munson into a bigger role than what was expected as he started five games this season. His 60 tackles were fifth most on the team.
2017 stats: 60 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Undrafted free agent: WR Travis Rudolph
The former Florida State standout appeared in seven games for the Giants this season. Rudolph’s 12.6 yards per reception were second most on the team.
2017 stats: 8 receptions, 101 receiving yards
Undrafted free agent: OL Chad Wheeler
The former USC Trojan appeared in 11 games this season and started in five of them.
Players normally make the biggest strides of their careers from year one to year two. So if these players can play above the level they played as rookies next season, then maybe the Giants will find themselves in the playoffs.