The New York Giants have been terrible since 2016. The Giants have won a total of 11 games and lost 36 games in 3 years, and they decided to select Andrew Thomas to be their cornerstone LT in the 2020 draft, which is a nice start. Last year, New York selected Daniel Jones to be their franchise QB and two years prior selected generational RB, Saquon Barkley. There are a ton of holes that need to be filled on both sides of the ball. While I do not expect the Giants to win any more than 5-7 games this season, the 2021 draft can fix some of these problems.
New York’s linebackers have been one of the most inconsistent position groups since the 2016 season. The trade for Alec Ogletree did not go as planned and while Markus Golden had a career year for the G-Men, there was no depth. The Giants released Ogletree and brought in Blake Martinez from the Packers who is a significant upgrade but it still is not enough. If the Giants have the opportunity to draft Parsons there should be no hesitation. The 6’2, 245, LB out of Penn State finished with 109 TOT(52 solo), 5 sacks and 4 FF last season. Parsons is a force to be reckoned with and instantly would be a starter for the Giants’ lackluster defense. Parsons 2019 season was special and it led to him earning Big Ten Linebacker of the year honors. Parsons has drawn comparisons to a few great linebackers such as Luke Keuchly and this year’s swiss army knife, Isaiah Simmons. Parsons can play almost any position on defense and if Isaiah Simmons proves that people of his build can be dominant, expect everyone to vouch for Parsons.
The Giants once again go defense with the 37th pick and select Carlos Basham Jr. After trading away Oliver Veron to the Cleveland Browns during the 2018 offseason, the Giants selected Dexter Lawerence II in the 2019 draft to help rebuild their pass rush. Lawrence has immense talent and was a great pick up for the Giants but Lawrence plays best at DT. The Giants also went out and traded for Leonard Williams who also is a primary DT. If you look at the numbers, the projected starting D-Line of the Giants had a combined 6.5 sacks during the 2019 season. This is not good at all... Dave Gettleman has already stated that he will not overpay for pass-rushing talent which leaves the 2021 draft as the only option. Basham Jr. had 11 sacks last year at Wake Forest and 3 FF. What I like about Basham is he is 6’5, 275, and can disrupt the pocket at will. Basham would most likely be on the bench to start the season but his talent is raw which would give Giants’ fans excitement if he pans out.
Dave Gettleman and the Giants did not select a WR in the 2020 draft. Yes the Giants have Golden Tate and Sterling Sheperd but after that who is there. I do think Darius Slayton has the potential to be a borderline WR1 but that won't happen for at least another 2-3 years. Also, to go back on Sterling Shepherd and Golden Tate, both WR’s have injury problems and often miss at least 6-8 games combined. Daniel Jones is going to need a reliable WR eventually and why not do that with another Demon Deacon, Sage Surratt. Surratt stands at 6’3, 215 pounds, and has a thick frame that allows him to take and give hits. Surratt had an impressive 2019 season where he caught 66 receptions for 1,001 yards and had 11 TD’s. Surratt would be a great pick up during the middle rounds of the draft and could eventually be Daniel Jones’ number one guy. I have a strong feeling the Giants may depart with either Tate or Shepherd at the end of the 2020 season which leaves the WR position wide open.
The New York Giants have a young core to build around with Jones and Barkley leading the way. Joe Judge, the Giants’ new head coach, has all eyes on him since the last two HC’s did not pan out at all. The Giants are going to be an interesting team to watch this year because they still are lacking pieces to be a good football team but have the right players in the right place if that makes sense. I am excited for football to start and I cannot wait till I hear the first whistle blow for kickoff.
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