The most successful teams in the league are ones that have been able to build through the draft. The New York Giants haven’t exactly been one of those teams, making this year an important draft for the future of the team. While there are some great players at the top of the board, the Giants must avoid the temptation to trade up to pick one of them.
The Giants only have 23 players on their roster that they’ve personally drafted. That number is one of the lowest in the league, and a big reason why they went on a big shopping spree this offseason. While signings are certainly exciting, teams that “win” the offseason rarely turn into the best teams in the regular season.
Part of the Giants’ problem stems from a lack of draft picks. Since 2010 the team has had just 29 picks which is among the lowest in the league. The biggest problem is a lack of production in the later rounds. Only one player drafted after the third round is a starter, and that’s situational linebacker Jacquian Williams. In fact, the only key reserve in the later rounds is defensive tackle Markus Kuhn. That’s hardly acceptable.
This draft has been described as deep. General manager Jerry Reese should be able to walk away with multiple starters, and to spend any picks to move up seems foolish. There are enough needs on the roster for the team to land a solid player where they’re picking. It might even be a good idea to trade down and accumulate more picks if the situation presents itself. An extra pick or two might help them find some help in the later rounds.