Breaking Down Before the Draft: New York Giants Tight Ends
The New York Giants tight end depth got compromised in the span of one half. Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both tore their ACL’s during the super bowl win. All that was left was Bear Pascoe and he ended up making a couple of plays down the stretch to help the Giants. Clearly having only one tight end going into a season isn’t going to do it.
The Giants tapped into the free agent market and signed Martellus Bennett from the Dallas Cowboys. Bennett has served as Jason Witten’s backup for the past few years. He’s a young, athletic kid who has not reached his full potential yet as a football player. He’s only 25 years old and on a one year deal in a new situation you never know. Ballard and Beckum will be back at some point during the season after recovering from their injuries but you never know how effective those guys are going to be.
There has been a lot of talk surrounding the Giants drafting a tight end. Coby Fleener is regarded as the top prospect at that position. He’s a big, physical, pass catcher who was Andrew Luck’s favorite target at Stanford. If he’s left at their pick in the first round and he’s the best guy available he will be the pick. I think the guy the Giants will pick is Ladarius Green with a third or fourth round pick. Green is from Louisiana-Lafayette. He doesn’t have his weight up quite yet, but he will add strength and mass as he goes through an NFL workout program.
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