We’re all guilty of it…you know…for weeks, we’ve been pretending to be the Giants GM, Coaches, Scouts, and Owners…and holding all those roles at the same time. Every one of us knows what the NY Football Giants need better than anybody, especially better than the Giants front office. When Thursday night gets here, we’ll be nodding, screaming, or dancing with each pick. Just don’t hurt your TV or computer if GM Joe Schoen makes a pick you disagree with.
Picks 5 and 7
Finally, all the conjecture, rumors, mock drafts, training videos, combine stats, interviews, game tapes, and breakdowns will lead to “best player available” picks that also fill needs. And to paraphrase both Joe Schoen and HC Brian Daboll, the Giants have a lot of needs. Schoen has repeated he’s looking for seven good players at the top of this draft. Why? So, he can guarantee to get two of them. The Giants currently have picks 5 and 7. Will it be a bookend offensive tackle? Will it be an Edge Rusher? Will it be a Cornerback or a Safety? Or things could change if some other team looks to move up. Right now, the rumors are that no one really wants to move up into the top 10 picks. There’s no draft prospect knocking everybody’s socks off to warrant such a move. Perhaps, there are no quarterbacks worthy of a top 10 pick. That is, of course, unless Carolina, Seattle, or Atlanta view this QB class differently.
During their pre-draft press conference, Schoen and Daboll were predictably non-committal and non-specific in their responses to questions. Schoen is taking all calls, whether it be for draft trades, player trades, or other inquiries. Every team’s front office and staff become poker players now. All the cards (draft cards) are being held tight to the chest. Agents for the players will drop nuggets about which teams their “blue-chip” clients spent the most time with. Some teams specialize in disinformation campaigns trying to throw off other teams and protect their most-desired players. Anything can happen come draft day. And we don’t really know the truth and facts yet.
But let’s talk about what we do know:
Daniel Jones: The window for offering fifth-year options to first-round players from the 2019 draft has been open for some time now. That deadline is May 2nd. The Giants haven’t offered Daniel Jones the fifth year yet. “Dabs” is getting his look at Jones now through the voluntary off-season program after reviewing the tape. Owner John Mara stated the team is working on a contract extension for Daniel Jones. But that’s been a quiet topic since. Could the Giants actually choose a QB? You never know.
James Bradberry is still a Giant: Joe Schoen has been totally open to taking phone calls and discussing trades for Bradberry. A trade would open a sizeable chunk of cap space for the Giants. That’s money they need to sign the draft picks. Defensive Coordinator, Wink Martindale, relies on shut-down CBs that can hold their own for his many blitz packages. Bradberry has been reliable and played well for the GMen. But, has he lost a step or two? Trading Bradberry by June 1st saves the Giants $10.1million in cap space. Schoen also said he could renegotiate Bradberry’s contract as a last resort to get cap space. Could the Giants draft a top CB (Sauce Gardner or Derek Stingley) with an early pick? Or do they hold and wait for a team that loses out on those two and becomes desperate to get better picks? One thing we know is Bradberry has not been part of any of the voluntary workouts so far. That benefits both sides right now.
After the Draft
By the end of the draft on Saturday, we will be more excited about this team than we are today. We may also be in some state of dismay about some of the Giants’ nine picks. But, hold on…by Monday the Giants will have filled out their 90-man roster with what we hope are diamonds in the rough, those undrafted free agents (UDFA). Maybe the next Victor Cruz.