Who the New York Giants should draft with the number two pick
This has been one very exciting offseason for the New York Giants, but they should take a page from the New York Jets’ book and learn to pull the trigger.
There’s an important lesson they can (surprisingly) pick up from their MetLife counterparts: make the decision that will improve your team the most.
The Jets’ choice to trade up to number three ahead of the 2018 draft was an interesting move for the Giants because now they have a few attractive options to consider.
But there’s only one clear choice for who the New York Giants should draft at number two overall.
The Penn State standout is undoubtedly the best running back in this year’s draft, if not the best player. That’s saying a lot since this draft class is stacked with talent.
But the difference Barkley would make for the Giants as a third-down option who could take pressure off an O-line that’s been struggling for the last few years is more valuable than what any other pick would add.
He can even be an asset to the passing game because of how shifty he is, causing defenders to miss.
After all, the guy was given the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player for a reason.
The moves the G-Men have made so far show that they’re planning on taking another run at a Super Bowl now. In free agency, they took steps in the right direction by adding solid pieces like left tackle Nate Solder and linebacker Alec Ogletree on defence.
But perhaps most notably, they picked up former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart.
The veteran was an interesting move for Big Blue and some might think that means they’re set at the position. But they haven’t had a steady running back committee in at least a decade, since Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs both played for the team.
The possibility of a Stewart-Barkley duo in the NYG backfield shouldn’t only be an exciting and promising idea to fans, but it would take a whole lot of pressure off Eli Manning as well.
Despite the popular opinion that they should take a quarterback with their first pick as a future Manning replacement, the decisions New York has made don’t point to them thinking that far ahead. Drafting a young quarterback first and having him sit on the bench for at least a year doesn’t seem to (and shouldn’t) be their priority.
After the season the New York Giants had in 2017, they need a serious makeover.
As a reminder, their horrendous season included a badly banged-up receiving core, a declining and then benched franchise quarterback, a questionable secondary that allowed 31 points and 288 passing yards to the San Francisco 49ers (pre-Garoppolo), the second coaching replacement in as many years, and an 0-6 start that ended with a 3-13 record on the season.
To their credit, New York has already started to undo those mistakes. Two of those were hiring general manager Dave Gettleman, and head coach Pat Shurmur. Despite his dismal head coaching record (because it was Cleveland, of course), he seems like a perfectly boring fit for the typically boring Giants.
But the most important decision of their offseason will be made at the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26 in Arlington, Texas when they should draft Saquon Barkley.
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