It was quite the contrast as the Giants went from the playoffs in 2016 to the second worst team in the NFL in 2017 and with a new coaching staff and general manager they’re hoping they still have another Super Bowl run with this team. Our New York Giants 2018 NFL Draft Review takes a look at every single Giants pick highlighting each picks scheme fit and value.
New York Giants 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round, Pick #2: Saquan Barkley RB Penn State
The Giants were set on picking one of the elite prospects in this class and despite some trade offers they stood pat and took Barkley to give the offense another weapon. New York feels they are closer to being a playoff contender than the second worse team in the draft and that shows by passing on a quarterback for Barkley. This offense that now consists of Barkley, Beckham, Engam and Sterling Shepherd is a lot more dangerous for defenses to defend.
2nd Round, Pick #2: Will Hernandez G UTEP
New York’s offensive line has been a major liability over the past couple of years and drafting Will Hernandez along with signing Nate Solder helps fill a couple those holes. Hernandez is a complete mauler in the run game using brute force to drive defenders off the ball. In the pass game he has the lateral agility to cut off defenders. After taking a back in the first round it only made sense to draft someone to open holes for him to run through.
3rd Round, Pick #2: Lorenzo Carter OLB Georgia
A couple years back the Giants were rumored to want Leonard Floyd but missed out but instead got a similar style player in Carter who can play both linebacker and end and would be a good fit in new defensive coordinators James Bettchner’s defense. The Giants need pass rushing help opposite of Oliver Vernon, especially after Jason Pierre-Paul is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
3rd Round, Pick #5: BJ Hill DT North Carolina State
Looking to build up the interior of their defensive line and added BJ Hill to be a run stuffer. While Hill is a solid run defender the Giants took him over more accomplished and talented players in Harrison Phillips, Nathan Shepherd and Derrick Nnadi. If Hill can come in an stop the run and be a force in the middle, then nobody will remember those players were taken after him.
4th Round, Pick #8: Kyle Lauletta QB Richmond
The Giants are going all in on Eli Manning hoping to make another run at the playoffs which also resulted in them not taking a quarterback with the second overall pick. Instead they chose to take the small school prospect in Lauletta and hope to develop him and last year’s mid round pick Davis Webb into a potential starter down the road. Lauletta has good accuracy but a lack of good arm strength can cause him issues as he throws further down the field.
5th Round, Pick #2: RJ McIntosh DT Miami
After taking the run stuffer in BJ Hill in the third round the Giants go back to the defensive line but take the penetrator in McIntosh. Bettchner’s defense likes to rush just the front four and having a defensive tackle like McIntosh to provide an interior pass rush is crucial.
Draft Grade: A-
Best Pick: Will Hernandez
Biggest Reach: BJ Hill