With the 2017 NFL draft behind them, the Giants hope they have found the tools that will let them move past the first round of the playoffs. While the team was forecasted to be looking for help along the offensive line and linebacker, they opted for depth in the skill positions, and possibly, their successor at quarterback. The Giants did not try to trade up for a higher pick, or to give up an earlier pick for multiple picks in later rounds. Only time will tell how well they judged their needs and the talent in the draft.
In the first round, with the 23rd pick in the draft, the Giants chose to beef up their receiving corps. Looking for someone to line up with Beckham and Marshall, the team went looking for a tight end. The top candidate in the draft, O. J. Howard of Alabama, was drafted a few slots earlier by Tampa Bay at No. 19. With Howard off the board, the Giants took Evan Engram of Ole Miss as their first choice. At 6-3 with a 4.42 40 time, Engram is the kind of player that can step into the starting rotation from day 1 and gives New York an impressive trio of receivers. However, some question whether Rueben Foster, from Alabama, may have filled a more immediate need at linebacker.
When day two of the draft came around, the Giants went defensive with the 55th pick overall. New York chose defensive end, Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama, in the second round. The team needed a replacement for Johnathan Hankins who they lost to the Colts last month in free agency. At 6-3, 310 LBS, Tomlinson has the size to play in the interior though experts had him going lower in the draft.
The most interesting pick for the Giants came in the third round at the end of day two. New York chose Davis Webb out of the University of California. Picking him up in the third round seems to give the Giants fair value for the pick. The main question is whether the team is looking at Webb as a dependable backup for the foreseeable future, or as Manning’s eventual successor.
The Giant ended the draft by taking RB Wayne Gallman with the No. 140th pick, improving their ground game. However, it wasn’t until their last pick of the day, offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty, did the team do anything to address an offensive line that under-performed last year.