The clock is ticking. Well, not literally, but the New York Giants only have five more draft picks to find an immediate red zone threat. First-round pick wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stands at 5-foot-11 and his forte is big explosive chunk yardage plays. The offense was certainly lacking explosive plays in 2013, but what really hurt the team was their lack of success inside the red zone. With one of their five remaining picks, they need to select a tall wide receiver or tight end who can immediately help out inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Don’t believe me yet? Last season the Giants finished 30th overall in red zone scoring percentage (touchdowns only) at 47.2%, down almost 7% from 2011 and 2012 where they finished in the middle of the pack. So don’t worry, it wasn’t repetitive or unwarranted when you kept complaining about them settling for a field goal — and you were not alone.
After spending a ton of money in the defense during free agency, the Giants made it clear that they are focusing on offense in this draft when they passed up on Aaron Donald last night. I expect that focus to continue through tonight. One player they will consider, who I mentioned as an ideal second-round target, is tight end Jace Amaro. Amaro would immediately step in as a red-zone threat. The team has also shown a special interest in Amaro, and they were one of four teams to attend his pro day in addition to a private meeting with him at the NFL Combine.
If they miss out on Amaro, they can target a few sleeper receivers in the later rounds. Devin Street (6-foot-3) presents a great option on day three as a tall receiver with exceptional quickness for his size and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air. Another option is tight end Blake Annen with their final pick in round six.
Unless they want similar red zone results to 2013, they can’t enter the season without a single receiving threat at tight end or wide receiver who stands over 6-feet-1 inches tall.