The Giants had a realistic chance to be 12-4 this year. They had the opportunity to beat the undefeated Patriots and the undefeated Panthers but blew both games in the final minute. They blew fourth quarter leads to the Cowboys, Falcons, Saints and Jets all in the final minutes. Instead of 12-4 and a playoff birth they ended the season at 6-10 and have the 10th pick in this years draft.
What will they do with that pick is the question. There's plenty of early mock drafts out that have them taking a number of different players. I'm gonna take a look at a few options and at the end give you who I think they should go after.
First and foremost they need defense. Badly. Their pass rush was nearly nonexistent last year ranking near the bottom of the NFL.
With that in mind, the first player that I think of is Joey Bosa. He's a defensive end out of Ohio State. Checking in at 6'6" and 276 lbs, he would be a huge addition to a depleted defensive line. However, I don't think there's any chance that he'll be available at 10.
The next option on the defensive line for me would be Shaq Lawson. He's a big defensive end out of Clemson. He checks in at 6'4" and 260 lbs. Not as big as Boss but he's a guy that can make a big difference on the defensive line and will probably be available come the Giants pick.
Linebacker is another defensive position that comes to mind when thinking of holes in the Giants defense. Myles Jack from UCLA is a big athletic linebacker that can drop back and cover people as well as rush the quarterback. Drafting him would certainly help shore up a linebacking core that's been a disaster since Antonio Pierce retired.
Another name, and probably a little more attractive name, is Reggie Ragland. He can't quite cover people the way Jack can, but he's a bruiser and would bring a big presence physical to a defense that can use it big time.
Then, because Jerry Reese is Jerry Reese and isn't the most conventional team-need drafter, there's the chance that they'll add an offensive player.
Ezekiel Elliot is one name I'm seeing in mock drafts. While yes, the Giants could use a new every down back, it's not a huge glaring need. I won't be mad if they take Elliot, in fact, I might even be a little excited. But he's not really a major need.
If it were up to me, the Giants would grab Myles Jack at 10 and then continue to add other defensive pieces later in the draft. There's not a major need on the offensive side. Ezekiel Elliot would be a fun, flashy pick but he's not necessary. Draft defense and build on what the offense was able to do this year.