The New York Giants hold the key to the draft with the second pick. They will look to reload for another run at the playoffs.
The 2017 season was a disappointing one in the Big Apple. That is evident with both teams picking in the top ten of the NFL draft. An unfamiliar face in that area of the draft is the New York Giants. Regression from the defense and injuries to their best receivers sunk this team. They finished with two wins and now hold the second pick in the draft. A busy offseason has already started for the team, and will continue with a very important draft. The new regime of general manager David Gettleman and coach Pat Schurmur will merge philosophies and take this team back to the playoffs.
This mock draft was done using Fanspeak’s On the Clock, a fun and informative tool for all NFL draft fans.
Round 1 – Pick 2
Bradley Chubb, EDGE, North Carolina State
Before diving into the actual pick, there are two issues at hand. The first is that the Giants have stated repeatedly that this pick will not be spent on a quarterback. That seems like a mistake, echoed by most of the media. This team rarely picks in the top portion of the draft and have a 37 year old quarterback entering the twilight of his career. This is a quarterback heavy draft and they could grab a player like Josh Rosen to be Manning’s heir.
The other issue is the possibility of a trade down. New York should be holding this pick ransom. The Jets jumped up to the pick right behind them after trading with the Colts. Teams like Denver, Arizona and Buffalo all have holes at quarterback. If the Giants can fleece one of those teams, to jump the Jets, they’ll get a king’s ransom.
However, if they decide to stay put, Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State makes a ton of sense. The Giants traded away Jason Pierre-Paul and it opened up a massive hole on the edge. Incumbent pass rusher Olivier Vernon will man one side. Unless the Giants feel good about last year’s fifth round pick Avery Moss, there is not much in terms of pass rush talent. Chubb would change that. He is the draft’s most complete pass rusher and one of the most NFL ready edge defenders to come out in years. New York would make a massive mistake if they stay put and pick anyone other than Chubb.