New York Giants 2017 Draft Review

1st/23 Evan Engram, TE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 234 School: Mississippi

Taking Engram in the first round was a surprising move as the similar but more talented David Njoku was still available. Regardless of where they drafted Engram the Giants were able to get an athletic move tight end that fits perfectly in Ben McAdoo’s quick strike offense. Engram will work out of the slot and give the Giants a four wide receiver look as he provides a mismatch weapon against linebackers and cornerbacks.

 

2nd/55 Dalvin Tomlinson, DT

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 310 School: Alabama

Tomlinson was added with the sole purpose of replacing Jonathan Hankins who left to Indianapolis in free agency. A big reason the Giants finished with the third best rush defense was their two big defensive tackles clogging up the middle of the offensive line. Tomlinson can fill that role as he has the size and strength to take on blocks and just enough lateral agility to get off blocks.

 

3rd/87 Davis Webb, QB

Ht.: 6’5 Wt.: 229 School: California

It is no secret that Eli Manning’s career is winding down which means finding his eventual replacement is a priority. Coming from an “Air Radi” scheme and only having less than two years of experience Webb will benefit by sitting and learning under Manning and McAdoo. Webb has the physical tools to be a good quarterback in the league, he just needs to show he can learn an NFL offense and improve on his accuracy.

 

4th/140 Wayne Gallman, RB

Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 215 School: Clemson

Even though the Giants are a pass happy team they need quality running backs to keep defenses honest. Gallman is an explosive one cut back that can use his speed and competitiveness to create power. Playing in a spread scheme will help Gallman as the Giants often line up in shotgun and in three receiver sets.

 

5th/167 Avery Moss, DE

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 264 School: Youngstown State

Moss is a talented run defender who uses his length to create leverage and some lateral burst to disengage and attack the ball carrier. Improved hand usage could allow Moss to improve his pass rushing ability be he is viewed a rotational lineman with some starting potential.

 

6th/200 Adam Bisnowaty, OT

Ht.: 6-6 Wt.: 304 School: Pittsburgh

Offensive tackle was a big area of need for the Giants coming into the draft but they waiting till the sixth round to address the position. Bisnowaty is an experienced left tackle but he struggles with lateral agility. He’ll get a shot to compete at right tackle but he could be designated to move inside to guard.

 

Best Pick

Gallman (fourth round)

 

Upside Pick

Moss (fifth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

It was an interesting draft for the Giants who appear to have reached on their first three picks bypassing similar players who were more highly regarded. Engram and Tomlinson should be expected to start from day one but the Giants may be lucky to get more than that.

Grade: D

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