2017 was a tough year for the Giants, going into the season there was a lot of talk about them being contenders to play for a Super Bowl. Instead they lost OBJ for the year and saw their defense completely give up for most of the season. Now they own the 2nd pick in the draft. Hopefully they’ll make a better decision this year than they did in 2015.
The Giants were in search of a franchise left tackle, so they selected Ereck Flowers with the 9th overall pick. While it may seem a bit premature to label Flowers a bust, he’s just not lived up to his draft position. He’s only missed a few games, but those came with controversy. The team felt that he basically gave up on the season and refused to play through what was viewed as a minor injury. There are also talks of him having a less than stellar attitude in the locker room. Add in that Pro Football Focus graded him out as a below league average tackle, in what was statistically his best season.
There are now serious questions of whether or not New York will even keep him on the team now that they’ve begun a house cleaning of sorts with the new regime. Not exactly the kind of decisions you want to have to make over a top 10 pick. To make matters worse Todd Gurley was selected with the next pick. This would have given Manning’s offense a dimension that it’s really never had. Gurley is a top tailback and would be able to take pressure off a declining Manning who’s forced to do too much in the passing game. Also available was a defensive stud in Marcus Peters who would have negated their need to draft Eli Apple who’s been labeled a cancer by teammates and is on his way to being a bust. Andrus Peat was also available who’s been a solid offensive lineman for the Saints.
New York is one of the more interesting teams headed into this year’s draft due to their many needs and uncertainty at the quarterback position. They could take take their next QB1, Barkley, Nelson, Chubb, Fitzpatrick, or even trade back. They’re a complete wild card at this point.