Outside of some VERY exciting offensive weapons, the New York Giants have holes all over the roster and it's not getting fixed by one draft. So as you read through this, realize I did my best to focus on premium positions, but General Manager David Gettleman has his work cut out for him to get this roster corrected. Projected to have just under $30 million in salary cap space, I don't expect the Giants to be overly active in free agency. With that said, making sure Landon Collins is secured for the long-term should be a top priority for the Giants' brass.
In order to make these selections, I fired up The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine, which releases to the public on February 25th. You can draft for one team, two teams, heck, you can draft for all 32 teams if you’d like. Make sure to keep your eye out for the launch!
Round 1, Pick No. 6: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I know opinions on Haskins are all over the place but I believe the Giants have to take the chance on him.
Completing 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and 8 interceptions, Haskins had a historically great season for a Big Ten quarterback in 2018. His ability to slot throws from the pocket to the dynamic Ohio State offensive weapons can transition to the NFL where Odell Beckham, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley would immediately be at his disposal. The Giants make sense for Haskins and I think it would be his best chance to reach his ceiling.
Round 2, Pick No. 37: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
The Giants' weapons are exciting and I just gave them a new direction at quarterback, but none of it will matter if the offensive line isn't right. Cajuste’s foot speed, anchor, length, power and nasty demeanor are exciting traits that make him an intriguing prospect. He needs some technical development but he has the makeup of an impact starter.
Round 4, Pick No. 102: Justin Hollins, EDGE, Oregon
There is a lot of untapped potential with Hollins who bounced between EDGE and linebacker for the Ducks. Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds with 33″ arms and 10 1/4″ hands, Hollins is blessed with exciting physical traits. As a senior, Hollins stuffed the stat sheet with 64 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, one interception, six pass breakups and five forced fumbles. I like his versatility and how he could be deployed in multiple ways in the Giants defense.
Round 4, Pick No. 126: Donnie Lewis, Jr., CB, Tulane
Lewis caught my eye at the East-West Shrine Game Practices with how natural he was mirroring routes and playing the football in the air. With 37 career pass breakups and seven interceptions, Lewis had a ton of ball production in college and it’s easy to understand why from scouting him in person. Given the Giants needs in the secondary, Lewis' experience and playmaking upside would be a welcome addition.
Round 5, Pick No. 132: Tre Watson, LB, Maryland
Watson was a standout for the Terps last season and offers the physicality needed to thrive in the Giants' base defense. The depth of the position group needs to be challenged and Watson profiles well to providing an option to do just that while contributing on special teams.
Round 5, Pick No. 133: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
Redwine would represent good value at this point in the draft at a position of need, even if Landon Collins is brought back. A fixture on the Canes defense, Redwine is an interchangeable safety that excels defending split zones and playing forward against the run/quick game.
Round 6, Pick No. 167: Jamal Custis, WR, Syracuse
As it stands, Alonzo Russell is the only real "big wide receiver" on the Giants depth chart and adding a player with Custis' physical traits would provide a skill set that otherwise doesn't exist. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds, Custis had a standout senior season at Syracuse and has playmaking upside in a possession role.
Round 7, Pick No. 198: Michael Dogbe, DL, Temple
Dogbe delivered 12.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks in 2018 and was awarded a single-digit jersey number which Temple reserves for the nine toughest players on the team. He's one of my favorite sleepers in this year's class that would give New York a much-needed prospect that has interior pass rush upside.
Round 7, Pick No. 210: Phil Haynes, IOL, Wake Forest
Haynes is one of my favorite late-round offensive line sleeper prospects in the 2019 class. He was a four-year starter for Wake Forest and illustrates really exciting play strength and sound technique. It was announced that he has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and while he may not be a household name, Haynes could be a riser to keep an eye on throughout the draft process.
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