Giants Look to Fulfill Needs in the 2017 Draft

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.

Giants and Jets Preview

Heading into the third week of the 2016 NFL Regular Season, the New York Giants and New York Jets seemed to be two of the most analyzed teams in the league. While this is partly due to the fact that they reside in New York City, it also had to do with the fact that they had many question marks and appeared to have the talent to reach the postseason. Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the Jets were 1-1 and in second place in the division and the Giants were 2-0 and in first place of the NFC East. According to a recent news article (http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/nfl-week-3-picks-giants-redskins-will-be-tight-jets-win-outright-cowboys-lock-of-the-week-1.12354304), both the Jets and the Giants have a good chance to win their games and continue to track towards making the playoffs at the end of the season.

 

The Giants will be playing a tough home game this week against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins will enter the game with no wins and two losses, but are always a tough matchup for the Giants. The main focus on the game will be on the outside of the field as the Redskins’ Josh Norman will battle against wide receiver Odell Beckham Junior. Despite signing Norman to a huge contract earlier this year, the Redskins have not done well when it comes to stopping top receivers. Beckham, plus Victor Cruz, could prove to be too much for Washington.

 

While the Giants are at home, the Jets will be playing on the road in Kansas City. The Jets will visit the Chiefs, who also have a 1-1 record. The Chiefs were expected to compete for the division title this year, but have looked weak at times so far this year. The biggest problem that the Chiefs have had is finding stability on offense. They used to be led by leading running back Jamaal Charles, but he has missed the first two games and is expected to miss a third this week. The Jets will continue to be led offensively by several veteran players such as Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brandon Marshall.

New York Giants Predictions for 2016 Season

The New York Giants are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to figure out. The team always seems to be in contention to make the playoffs, but often falls just short. In other situations when they seem like they won’t make the playoffs, they barely squeak in and then make a big run in the playoffs. This includes two Super Bowl championships in the past ten years. While many publications are concerned about the Giants, one sports analysis (http://www.ibtimes.com/new-york-giants-2016-season-prediction-betting-odds-preview-top-players-ahead-week-1-2409379) thinks that the Giants will have some success this year.

 

The analysis believes that the Giants will benefit greatly from many of the offseason moves that they made. The Giants are starting under a new fresh coaching staff and spent over $100 million on guaranteed contracts this past offseason. The players that they signed will greatly improve their defense, offensive line, and running game. The Giants will continue to be led offensively by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, both of which are expected to have big years.

 

While the Giants are not considered one of the best teams in the conference, they should have a very good chance at winning the division. The NFC East is widely considered the worst division in the NFC, if not the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were previously considered the favorites to win the division title, but the recent injury to Tony Romo has a lot of experts concerned about the team’s ability to succeed. Both of the other divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are currently in transition with new leadership and will likely have some rough patches this year.

 

Overall, the publication believes that the Giants will win 9 games and lose 7, which should be good enough to win the division by a game or two. The Giants will then likely have a home game in the NFC playoffs Divisional Round, in which they would play a top Wild Card team. While they may not be favorites to go far, the Giants will have the experience and depth to make a run in the playoffs if they can get in.

 

New York Giants Predictions for 2016 Season

The New York Giants are one of the most difficult teams in the NFL to figure out. The team always seems to be in contention to make the playoffs, but often falls just short. In other situations when they seem like they won’t make the playoffs, they barely squeak in and then make a big run in the playoffs. This includes two Super Bowl championships in the past ten years. While many publications are concerned about the Giants, one sports analysis (http://www.ibtimes.com/new-york-giants-2016-season-prediction-betting-odds-preview-top-players-ahead-week-1-2409379) thinks that the Giants will have some success this year.

The analysis believes that the Giants will benefit greatly from many of the offseason moves that they made. The Giants are starting under a new fresh coaching staff and spent over $100 million on guaranteed contracts this past offseason. The players that they signed will greatly improve their defense, offensive line, and running game. The Giants will continue to be led offensively by Eli Manning and Odell Beckham, both of which are expected to have big years.

While the Giants are not considered one of the best teams in the conference, they should have a very good chance at winning the division. The NFC East is widely considered the worst division in the NFC, if not the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were previously considered the favorites to win the division title, but the recent injury to Tony Romo has a lot of experts concerned about the team’s ability to succeed. Both of the other divisional rivals, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are currently in transition with new leadership and will likely have some rough patches this year.

Overall, the publication believes that the Giants will win 9 games and lose 7, which should be good enough to win the division by a game or two. The Giants will then likely have a home game in the NFC playoffs Divisional Round, in which they would play a top Wild Card team. While they may not be favorites to go far, the Giants will have the experience and depth to make a run in the playoffs if they can get in.