With about one week until the 2018 NFL Draft, early first-round projections are all over the map. For the Giants and new general manager Dave Gettleman, there should be little stress surrounding their No. 2 overall pick. As long as they don’t select a quarterback, they really can’t miss.
I’m not saying it’s a bad quarterback class; there several exciting QB prospects. But quarterback drafting generally is risky, and the Giants don’t need one at the top of this draft.
Gettleman and the Giants should have their choice of at least one of the two best non-QBs in this draft — running back Saquon Barkley or defensive end Bradley Chubb. And if the Browns go quarterback at No. 1 as expected, the Giants could choose either talented player.
When I was an NFL executive, I never wanted to sit in Gettleman’s draft spot, as that would mean my team had a terrible previous season unless we somehow had landed the No. 2 pick via trade. I always wanted to pick at No. 31 or 32 as one of the Super Bowl teams, or at worst in the 20s as a playoff team. At least Gettleman can say he inherited the No. 2 spot as a newly hired GM.
Barkley would add support for Manning, as will free-agent signee Nate Solder at left tackle. And it appears Gettleman and new coach Pat Shurmur want to see what their diva superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can bring to the table before the Giants give him huge money in a contract extension or trade him away.
It’s a good sign that OBJ has reported to the Giants’ offseason program — at least so far. Gettleman and Shurmur know the good OBJ, focused and healthy, can help lead a Giants resurgence at least for this season until his long-term future with the team is determined.
Linebacker: Sean Lee is a stud on the weak side, and Jaylon Smith in 2017 showed he still has some untapped upside for the inside. The Cowboys, however, lost versatile playmaker Anthony Hitchens to the Chiefs in free agency, leaving Damien Wilson as an unappealing next best option, especially given his off-field concerns. Former Packer Joe Thomas is only a depth swing guy. The Cowboys need a Cheap Penguins Jerseys well-rounded starting option, preferably one who can get to the quarterback.
Defensive tackle: Although the Cowboys have some options to support DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford on the edges with recent draft picks Charles Tapper and Taco Charlton and newcomer Kony Ealy, the interior Cheap Online Jerseys lacks pop beyond the disruptive David Irving.