Giants and Jets look to retool in draft
The Jets and Giants are both looking to secure franchise quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft.
The New York Giants are in a very unique position this year. Despite having enough talent to be a perennial playoff team, they find themselves with the second overall pick in the draft due to a disappointing 3-13 season.
The Giants still have problems that need to be addressed, one of which is finding a successor to Eli Manning. Manning is 37 years old, and fans are unsure of how much faith the new Giants staff will have in backup quarterback Davis Webb moving forward. The Giants must consider taking a QB with the second overall pick. Top prospects Josh Rosen from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Baker Mayfield from the University of Oklahoma are players whom the Giants could look to in order to secure their future.
If the team does take a QB in the first round, this would delay the Giants from choosing a running back until the second round. Running backs such as Derrius Guice from Louisiana State University and Sony Michel and Nick Chubb from the University of Georgia could all be potential players the Giants may draft in the second round.
On the other hand, Saquon Barkley, running back from Penn State, could also be looked at as a worthy second overall pick in this year’s draft. Barkley had a terrific performance at the NFL combine and is considered, by some, the best player in this year’s draft.
If the Giants are trying to win a Super Bowl in the short term, Barkley could be the guy they decide on in the first round. Another area the Giants need to address is their offensive line.
The Giants will surely be looking at prospects Connor Williams from the University of Texas, Orlando Brown from Oklahoma and Quenton Nelson from the University of Notre Dame, among others, to help bolster an offensive line that received a lot of criticism last season. Unfortunately, most of these predictions will depend on what the Cleveland Browns do with the first overall pick in the 2018 draft.
The New York Jets also have a lot of work to do in this upcoming draft. After going 5-11 last season, the Jets have found themselves with the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft. The Jets also need to address the quarterback position, so it would be difficult to imagine them taking any other player than a quarterback prospect with this pick.
Because the Browns and Giants both pick ahead of the Jets, quarterbacks such as Sam Darnold from the University of Southern California and Rosen could already be off the board by the time the sixth pick rolls around. Therefore, players such as Mayfield, Josh Allen from the University of Wyoming and Lamar Jackson from the University of Louisville are all prospects who could be playing for Gang Green come next season.
This pick also relies on what the Jets do in free agency. If free agent QB Kirk Cousins decides to come to East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Jets will be faced with a much different reality on their hands come the draft.
They might then decide to take a wide receiver such as Calvin Ridley from the University of Alabama, Equanimeous St. Brown from the University of Notre Dame or Christian Kirk from Texas A&M University.
One thing is for certain, though. The Jets must secure a franchise quarterback through the draft or free agency, and must then place the right players around the next quarterback.