New York Giants Draft Review
Team Needs: RB, LB, OT
Rd 1. 10 Eli Apple CB Ohio State
Rd 2. 40 Sterling Shepard WR Oklahoma
Rd 3. 71 Darian Thompson FS Boise State
Rd 4. 109 BJ Goodson LB CLemson
Rd 5. 149 Paul Perkins RB UCLA
Rd 6. 184 Jerrell Adams TE South Carolina
The Tom Coughlin era in New York came to an unceremonious close as 2015 ended leaving the team with a new direction and a roster filled with holes. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr give the Giants two players to build around but the team needs to add talent across the board otherwise. Eli Apple, the Giants first round pick, was a curious choice. Although he has good size there were other, better cornerbacks, available and cornerback did not appear to be a major need for the Giants. Apple is a talented player nevertheless, and he should start from day 1 for the Giants. Sterling Shepard was another interesting selection for the team as his skill set is closer to Beckham and Cruz than it is to Reuben Randle, who left via free agency. The Giants clearly believe that having a big physical receiver on the field is not a requirement for their offensive success. Shepard has the talent to play immediately in three receiver packages and should develop into a solid #2 receiver for the team in the future. Darrian Thompson was the best value pick of the draft for the Giants. Thompson could start immediately and offers the size, range, and athleticism to be an impact defender. BJ Goodson is a nice athletic addition to the team’s linebacking corps, although they might should have taken more than 1 player there. Paul Perkins should offer some energy coming off the bench for a running back group that was average, at best, in 2015. Jerrell Adams plays tight end like a power forward. He can post up and make difficult catches in traffic and has a chance to factor into the Giants red zone packages.
With as much offensive tackle depth as this draft had it is surprising that the Giants didn’t grab at least one player at the position. Keeping Eli Manning upright and stationary long enough to get the ball to Odell Beckham is really the only chance the Giants have at success this year. I’m not sure they’ll be able to do it with their current offensive line.
I touched on this earlier but there appears to be something of a paradigm shift in the Giants offensive philosophy. Gone is the good sized, though maddeningly inconsistent, Reuben Randle and in is Sterling Shepard, a player that is smaller than normal but much more explosive and consistent - potentially. Perhaps the Giants are going to shorten their passing game in the hopes of catching Beckham, Shepard, or Cruz in single coverage more frequently.
I didn’t love the Apple pick at ten but along with Darrian Thompson the GIants now have two potential long term starters for their defensive backfield. If the veteran defensive linemen can find a consistent pass rush the GIants could turn their defense around fairly quickly.