Since the offseason, the Giants were looking for answers on offense, in particular a number one wide receiver. For the last few months, most Giants fans have been looking at the draft for the answer, but the Giants just found their solution, Kenny Golladay. Golladay signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Giants over the weekend after a long visiting process. With that being said, does it change the Giants outlook on the draft? Its all depends how the dominos fall.
The Giants could very well still draft a wide receiver if he is there at 11, a guy like Jaylen Waddle or Devonta Smith. I don’t see them passing on a guy like them. The Giants do have talent on offense, but we saw how their lack of separation came into play. Also, injuries at that position is a concern. Kenny Golladay played in just 5 games last season, while Sterling Shepard battled turf toe and Darius Slayton a foot injury. If their injury history haunts them, they would still have a reliable threat in Waddle or Smith if they were there, and it would be smart if they took one of them.
The Giants at this moment are lacking depth at corner. They do have a visit with free agent Adoree Jackson on Monday, but even if he signs it doesn’t change the fact they can use more depth at that position. If Caleb Farley or Patrick Surtain are there, the Giants should jump on it. If they do have Jackson, who’s to say Surtain or Farley couldn’t pass him on the depth chart? The Giants rolled with Isaac Yiadom and Ryan Lewis most of last year. That can’t happen again if they want to take the next step. They need a solid corner to play opposite of pro-bowler James Bradberry. Farley or Surtain could bring some leverage on the outside and could have an impact with the pass rush forcing coverage sacks. Going corner would be an ideal situation for the Giants defense that made tremendous strides.
The offensive line has been the weight on this Giants team for as long as we can remember. Last year the Giants used their first round pick on OT Andrew Thomas. They could very well spend another first round pick on the offensive line. If OT Rashawn Slater is there, that would be huge. He is a RT, but some scouts are concerned with his length. The Giants have a hole at RT and RG, so even if he can’t play tackle in the NFL, he could slide to guard and do some great things. Jones needs all the protection he can get behind that line.
Another hole on the Giants is their pass rush. They were able to retain Leonard Williams their best best rusher last season. There is still concerns with players like Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter. Dave Gettleman is also big on the “hog mollies”, and that’s why I can see him taking Kwity Paye, defensive lineman from Michigan. He was not much of a pass rusher in college with 7.5 sacks in his career. He is a quick lineman but was used more of a power rusher in college. If he did come to New York, Graham may be able to utilize him to his speed and make him more effective.
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