There was a ton of damage that was done to the New York Giants organization this year by Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo.
In 2014, the New York Giants hired Ben McAdoo to be the team’s offensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Giants, McAdoo spent eight years as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers; first as the team’s tight ends coach, and then as their quarterbacks coach. The Giants admired McAdoo’s work with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and they felt that he would be a perfect match to collaborate with quarterback Eli Manning in New York. With McAdoo as the Giants offensive coordinator, Manning enjoyed two of his best seasons in the National Football League as he completed more than 62% of his passes. However with the Giants not putting a talented team around Manning, they would fail to make the playoffs in each of those seasons. And after the Giants went 6-10 in 2015, longtime head coach Tom Coughlin was fired and replaced with McAdoo.
The Giants promoted McAdoo due to his familiarity with Manning, while he was also seen as someone who could kick start a stagnant offense.
In McAdoo’s first year as the Giants head coach, New York went 11-5 to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 which was the last time that they won the Super Bowl. However the strength of the Giants in 2016 was their defense as New York was 25th in the National Football League last season in total offense in spite of the presence of Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Things have not gotten better for the Giants this year as following Monday night’s home loss to the Detroit Lions, they have begun this season with a record of 0-2 for the fourth time in the last five campaigns. And in each of those seasons the Giants failed to post a winning record.
The stagnation that has hurt the Giants offense in recent years is still in place as New York has only mustered 13 points in two games this season, while they have only produced 27 first downs which is 28th in the National Football League. And for a guy in McAdoo that was supposed to be an offensive guru, he must have done a tremendous sell job on his interview because he is stealing money.
Manning has taken his fair share of criticism during his time with the Giants, but he still has one of the best arms and sharpest minds in the National Football League, while he has a talented duo of Beckham and wide receiver Brandon Marshall to get the football to. However it doesn’t mean a thing if Manning is running for his life in the pocket.
In 2016, the Giants offensive line was suspect at best and they’ve gotten worse in 2017. McAdoo and Giants general manager Jerry Reese never took the time to upgrade the team’s offensive line during the off-season. Already Manning has been sacked eight times compared to 21 for all of last season. In 2015, Reese used a first-round pick on offensive tackle Ereck Flowers who was expected to protect the blindside of Manning which has not been the case. Flowers has consistently shown vulnerability due to his lack of footwork. And instead of Reese and McAdoo shifting Flowers to right tackle, they continue to hold him responsible for protecting Manning’s blindside.
The Giants have lacked a running game for several years which continues here in 2017 as they are last in the National Football League in rushing with just 97 yards after two games. The Giants attempted to sign running backs LeGarrette Blount and Adrian Peterson during the off-season. But Blount opted to join the Philadelphia Eagles, while Peterson is now with the New Orleans Saints, and the Giants running game is still stuck in the mud.
In the Giants last seven regular season games they have failed to produce at least 20 points which falls into the lap of the “wonder boy” in McAdoo. At first it appeared that McAdoo was “sandbagging” his play calling as the Giants offensive coordinator in order to get Coughlin fired, but now it is clear that he simply cannot get it done. And following the Giants loss to the Lions, McAdoo couldn’t even own it, but he was more than happy to thrown Manning under the bus after New York was hit with a delay of game penalty in the third quarter during a key fourth-and-goal situation.
Manning will never be seen as the perfect quarterback, but he has earned respect in the Big Apple due to the fact that he has produced a pair of Super Bowl Titles, while McAdoo doesn’t have that much on his resume with Big Blue.
Now McAdoo must attempt to rally the troops as the Giants must get prepared on a short week to face their NFC East rivals in the Philadelphia Eagles on the road this Sunday. And if the Giants were to fall to the Eagles, they would be 0-3 overall, 0-3 in the NFC, and 0-2 in the NFC East as no team has ever won the Super Bowl after beginning the season with a record of 0-3.
But all of the blame for the Giants struggles don’t fall into the lap of McAdoo as Reese deserves his fair share of criticism as well. After the Giants last Super Bowl Title, the team got old, and as Reese saw key veterans retire, he has been unable to consistently draft well and replace that talent which has shown up in New York’s inability to run the football or protect Manning. Giants co-owner John Mara put Reese on notice publicly last year which led to New York making the playoffs, but will he be able last if Big Blue has another subpar year?
It is only September, but the Giants already find themselves at the crossroads. And if the Giants are unable to figure things out soon, there might be some house cleaning going on in East Rutherford.
From 2005-2012, the New York Giants never had a losing season and they won a pair of Super Bowl Championships. Even during that run, the Giants were an enigmatic team as they had seven years in which they started the season with a record of 6-2 only to stumble in the second half of the season. The past few years have seen the Giants core players of that era retire or move on to other teams as this organization is trying to hold it together around quarterback Eli Manning. But the last two years have seen the Giants finish the season with losing records while this year they’ve simply been an up and down team. And after 11 games, the Giants are 5-6 as one of the first things that they should ask themselves is what could have been for them.
In four of the Giants six losses this year, they had a lead entering the fourth quarter only to watch it evaporate. And after losing this past Sunday to the Washington Redskins, the Giants will have to dig down deep in order to find some December magic if they are going to navigate to the postseason.
There was a time when the Giants organization was known for being physical at the line of scrimmage with a powerful running game and a strong offensive line, but that is now a thing of the past. This year the Giants are 28th in the National Football League in rushing and they are well on their way to having a fourth consecutive year in which they have not produced a running back that gained at least 1,000 yards. This ineffectiveness to run the football has hurt the Giants due to the fact that they have not been able to put games away in the fourth quarter with their running game. And with the Giants ineffectiveness to run the football, it has put more pressure on Manning to carry this team.
Manning is in his 12th year as the Giants starting quarterback and he is still the face of their franchise. Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP and he has become the most prolific passer in Giants history. But Manning has thrown a red zone interception in two of the Giants six losses along with a key fumble during the team’s Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. However Manning still has a flair for the dramatic which included leading a comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5 and throwing 6 touchdown passes in Week 8 during a 52-49 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Manning hasn’t played behind the best offensive line this year which sometimes has seen him to force the football and that also comes back to the Giants lack of a running game.
Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams, and Orleans Darkwa have all gotten carries this year for the Giants. But all four players simply lack explosiveness as the Giants have only had three runs go for more than 20 yards this season.
The Giants have wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has rapidly become one of the best pass catchers in the National Football League, but he is the only real threat in the Giants passing game as wide receiver Reuben Randle has been inconsistent during his four years in New York while wide receiver Victor Cruz has not played this season for Big Blue due to a calf injury. The Giants have lacked a top notch tight end since the days of Jeremy Shockey which was nearly a decade ago. And the Giants lack of a pass-catching threat at the tight end position hurts them in the red zone as it forces Manning to attempt to make something out of nothing down there which has led to some costly turnovers.
Defensively the Giants have the worst ranked unit in the National Football League as they are surrendering nearly 420 yards per game. The Giants are also last in the NFL in sacks with just 12 and 31st in opponents third down conversions as they’ve been unable to stop drives and keep opponents off of the field. The Giants suffered a blow to their defense over the summer when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost his right index finger during a fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul did return to the Giants last month, but he has yet to record a sack. And whereas the Giants had a bevy of players that could rush the passer during their two recent Super Bowl runs, they no longer have that depth on their defensive line.
On both both sides of the football, the Giants are lacking enough play makers which falls at the feet of team general manager Jerry Reese. Reese has been the Giants general manager since 2007 and he had his hand prints on a pair of Super Bowl Titles for the organization. But lately the Giants have been a team that has lacked depth on both sides of the football which has shown up in the fact that they have been unable to make the postseason since winning it all in 2011.
Tom Coughlin has been the Giants head coach since 2004 and he lived up this promise when he took over as he vowed to restore the Giants to what they once were. Coughlin has always been a detail oriented guy which makes it hard to grasp that the Giants have been unable to finish as they’ve blown five, fourth quarter leads this year. Coughlin is 69-years of age and he is the current elder statesman as far as head coaches in the National Football League. And with Coughlin’s age and the Giants inconsistencies, you’re going to hear about the possibility of him no longer being the team’s head coach. The Giants have gone three years without a trip to the postseason and it is tough for a head coach to maintain his job in the NFL with that long of a postseason drought. But Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch run an organization that is typically loyal to their head coaches as New York has only employed six head coaches since 1979.
In being unable to defeat the Washington Redskins this past Sunday, the Giants allowed a golden opportunity to go by the wayside as they could have put a stranglehold on winning the NFC East. But the Giants now find themselves tied with the Redskins for first place in the NFC East with Washington holding the tiebreaker due to a better divisional record. The Giants are far from out of it, but now more than ever, it is time for them to get it going.
The Giants have been an up and down team all season long and one thing that they have going for them is that they have yet to click on all cylinders in a game this year as there is a possibility that it could all come together for them down the stretch. The Giants will take on the New York Jets this Sunday as there is never any love lost between these two teams that share MetLife Stadium. And although that the Giants still have a puncher’s chance to make the playoffs this January, we really don’t know what will happen for them during this month as it has been very tough to get a gauge on this inconsistent team all season long.
X-Dallas Cowboys 10-6
The bar of expectations will be a little bit higher for the Dallas Cowboys this season. The Cowboys are coming off of their first NFC East Title since 2009 and they feel like they have a team that is capable of winning the Super Bowl.
In 2014, the Cowboys had the second best rushing attack in the NFL and they still like their chances this season in spite of not having running back DeMarco Murray. Last season Murray led the NFL in rushing with 1,845 rushing yards, but the Cowboys elected to let him leave Dallas as a free agent which led him to signing with the rival Philadelphia Eagles. Murray has been replaced on the Cowboys roster by running back Darren McFadden. McFadden was the fourth overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders and he has never lived up to his potential: more importantly, McFadden has never been able to stay healthy as he has only appeared in all 16 regular season games once in his seven-year NFL career. And although McFadden is 28-years old, he appears to have already lost some of his explosiveness as a runner.
But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett are counting on McFadden having a productive season in 2015 due to the fact that Dallas arguably possesses the best offensive line in the National Football League. Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith is emerging as one of the best left tackles in football as he is an anchor for this unit.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is coming off of a year where he only threw 9 interceptions, but that can be credited to the fact that Dallas was able to run the football extremely effectively. The Cowboys still have quality guys to catch the football in tight end Jason Witten along with wide receivers Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley. But Romo has a history of throwing interceptions and he also cannot afford to take too many sacks due to his bad back.
The Cowboys are looking to get more out of their pass rush as they only tallied 28 sacks last year. The Cowboys drafted defensive end Randy Gregory in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft while they signed former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. But Hardy will miss the first four games of the upcoming NFL season as the result of a league suspension for domestic violence; however he feels that he has what it takes to become a leader for the Cowboys.
At linebacker, the Cowboys have some potential as long as key players are able to stay healthy. In the last three years linebacker Sean Lee has only played in 17 games as knee injuries have limited him, but he is back in 2015 looking to contribute for the Cowboys. After being the eighth overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Raiders, middle linebacker Rolando McClain became an afterthought. But after a disappointing stint with the Raiders and Baltimore Ravens, McClain began to live up his potential last year with the Cowboys. However the Cowboys will be without McClain’s services for the first four games of 2015 due to a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.
The Cowboys appeared ready to give up cornerback Morris Claiborne as they used their first round pick this past spring on cornerback Byron Jones whom they expect to be an immediate impact player in the secondary. The Cowboys also have veteran cornerbacks in Brandon Carr who will team with Claiborne after cornerback Orlando Scandrick was put on injured reserve with a torn ACL. But this Cowboys secondary will rely on the front seven of the defense to create pressure which could lead to interceptions.
The Cowboys first two games of the NFL season will see them take on the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. But with no team expected to run away with the NFC East, a slow start wouldn’t hurt the Cowboys while a fast start will have them sitting pretty.
Y-New York Giants 10-6
The New York Giants are coming off of consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2004 and this is a team that is itching to once again become relevant in the National Football League. Quarterback Eli Manning is set to embark on his 12th season with the Giants and his second under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. McAdoo came to the Giants last year after a stint as the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach and he brought with him a new offense that relies on Manning getting the football out quicker. Manning did improve under McAdoo as he had a career-high in completion percentage last season of 63.1 and he threw 30 touchdown passes for just the second time in his career. But even with that, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and McAdoo are hopeful that Manning’s numbers will improve in 2015. Manning is set up to have a big season due to the fact that he is entering the last year of his contract and with the Giants prepared to allow him to play it out, the two-time Super Bowl MVP should be locked in under center.
As 2014 progressed, the Giants offense came on as Manning built a rapport with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham had a rookie season for the ages as in just 12 games he tallied 91 receptions for 1,305 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. Beckham became the first Giants rookie since Jeremy Shockey in 2002 to be named as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. But as good as Beckham’s rookie season was, there is room for improvement and the Giants are hopeful that he can avoid both the sophomore and Madden cover jinxes in 2015. Beckham is looking to team with wide receiver Victor Cruz who himself is attempting to return from a torn patellar tendon that forced him to miss the final ten games of the season. Cruz is 28-years old and the Giants are hopeful that he still has some explosiveness in his body that has propelled him into being one of the best slot receivers in the game. Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle has continued to improve in his first three seasons and he and “Big Blue” are hopeful that he can have a Pro Bowl caliber campaign in 2015. Throughout his NFL career, Manning has had a thing to “make” tight ends which should benefit tight Larry Donnell who is looking to be more than just an overnight sensation.
These aren’t your father’s Giants as the past few seasons have seen New York become one of worst the rushing squads in the National Football League. The Giants were 23rd in the NFL last season in rushing and it appears that it will be a running-back-by-committee in 2015. Running back Andre Williams showed flashes of being an every down back in his rookie season of 2014, but under Coughlin, blitz pickup and the ability to read defenses is just as important as what you do with the football. And if Coughlin doesn’t trust his running backs, they don’t play. The Giants signed former New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen to team with Williams and veteran running back Rashad Jennings in New York’s backfield. Vereen has been good at catching passes out of the backfield and this three-headed monster has the potential to be effective for the Giants in 2015.
For the Giants to be a playoff team in 2015, they’ll need consistency from their offensive line this season. Things didn’t get started on the right foot for the Giants when offensive tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral muscle which will sideline him for a portion of the upcoming season. Beatty has protected Manning’s blindside for the past few seasons at left tackle as he has had a ton of responsibility placed on him. Giants general manager Jerry Reese used the team’s first round pick in the NFL Draft this past spring on offensive tackle Ereck Flowers. Flowers was expected to be the Giants left tackle of the future and he would be eased into things this season by starting off at right tackle. But Beatty’s injury means that it will baptism by fire for Flowers who will have to prove his worth at left tackle to begin the season against some of the top defensive ends in the game. The Giants and McAdoo will more than likely slide their protection more to give Flowers some help as he gets adjusted at left tackle and more importantly, to protecting Manning. Justin Pugh has shifted to right guard while the Giants are hopeful that 2014 second round pick Weston Richburg is ready for the responsibilities that come with being an NFL center.
Defensively the Giants are happy to welcome back a familiar face. From 2007-2008, Steve Spagnuolo was the Giants defensive coordinator and he made a name for himself in helping New York upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42. Spagnuolo is back with the Giants as he will look to use his famed “NASCAR” package where he puts three or four defensive ends on the field in passing situations. And luckily for the Giants and Spagnuolo, they have the horses to get it done.
Injuries have limited Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul over the past few seasons which led him to being hit with the dreaded franchise tag as opposed to receiving a long-term deal. The Giants were hopeful that they would get the “JPP” in 2015 that was a one man gang in 2011 when he helped New York with the Super Bowl Title. But things changed drastically over the summer when Pierre-Paul had one of his fingers amputated as the result of a fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his franchise tender and it is tough for anyone to anticipate him being the player that he once was. Veteran defensive end Robert Ayers is looking to bounce back from an injury filled 2014 while the Giants are hopeful that defensive end Damontre Moore is ready to become an every down player. The Giants drafted defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa in the third round this past spring and his athleticism gives him the potential to be an impact player.
But more than anything, the Giants are relying on potential impact players remaining healthy. The Giants acquired middle linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers in 2013, and their defense is totally different when he has been on the field as he missed 12 games last year for New York. Beason has tremendous intelligence at middle linebacker and his presence on the field gives the Giants an attitude and swagger.
The Giants are also looking for their secondary to remain healthy as well. The presence of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie last year made cornerback Prince Amukamara step his game up as the Giants have a pair of underrated cornerbacks. After losing safety Antrel Rolle in free agency to the Chicago Bears, the Giants will be inexperienced a safety this year. Reese would select free safety Landon Collins in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft as he is expected to be an impact player, but there will more than likely be a learning curve involved.
Lately the National Football League has made it a habit of having the Giants begin the season against the Dallas Cowboys which will once again be the case in 2015. But the Giants need to make a push towards the postseason as it will hard for Reese and Coughlin to maintain their jobs without a trip to the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year.
Philadelphia Eagles 8-8
In two seasons as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Chip Kelly has produced an overall record of 20-12, but no victories in the postseason. In 2013, Kelly’s Eagles went 10-6 and won the NFC East. But last year the Eagles 10-6 record wasn’t even good enough for them to make the playoffs and by the looks of things, it will be very different for them in 2015.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has basically given Kelly free reign to do whatever he pleases with the roster in Philadelphia and that is basically what has happened. The Eagles have undergone a massive roster overhaul since Kelly took over and it’ll will be interesting to see how that will pan out for them in 2015.
Last year Kelly simply released wide receiver DeSean Jackson who would end up signing with the Washington Redskins. This year Kelly traded running back LeSean McCoy who is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher and still in the prime of his career to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for inside linebacker Kiko Alonso. The Eagles did sign running back DeMarco Murray who led the National Football League is rushing last season as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, but he has a history of being unable to stay healthy. The Eagles also allowed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to leave as a free agent and sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. Now Kelly is hopeful that wide receiver Jordan Matthews is ready to emerge as the team’s top receiver in 2015 as he relies more on his system than the actual players that are in it.
The Eagles have two quarterbacks on their roster and it would not surprise me one bit if both were to take some snaps as the starter this year. It will more than likely be Sam Bradford who gets the nod to begin the season as the Eagles starting quarterback, but behind him there is Mark Sanchez. Bradford has never been able to stay healthy while quarterbacks in Kelly’s system have been unable to last a full season either as his system relies on his signal callers running with the football as well which leads to vicious hits from opposing defenders.
Defensively the Eagles are undersized which leads them to wearing down as the season goes along as they have struggled against teams that can effectively run the football and it will once again hinder them in 2015.
Three of the Eagles first six games will be against their NFC East rivals and where Philadelphia might be able to get off to a quick start, as the season goes along, they will wear down.
Washington Redskins 6-10
The younger generation of football fans that follow the Washington Redskins might not remember the team’s glory days. From 1981-1992, the Redskins won three Super Bowl Titles and they made the playoffs eight times with just losing season over that stretch. But since then the Redskins have become a laughing stock as they have only won two playoff games and since 2003, and they’ve had eight years in which they lost at least 10 games.
In order to turn things around in 2012, the Redskins mortgaged the future as they traded a slew of draft picks which included three, first-round picks to the St. Louis Rams for the second overall pick of the 2012 National Football League which Washington used to select quarterback Robert Griffin III. In 2012, Griffin took the NFL by storm as he led the Redskins to their first NFC East Title since 1999. But a knee injury towards the end of that season limited Griffin physically which lingered over into 2013. And now Griffin appears to be a shaken quarterback as he is lacking confidence. Jay Gruden is in his second year as the head coach of the Redskins and he has never fully committed to Griffin which means that upcoming National Football League season could be a ticking time bomb in D.C. And that fuse appears to have already been lit since Gruden will go with Kirk Cousins this year as the Redskins starting quarterback.
Alfred Morris is set to embark on his fourth season as the Redskins starting running back, but his production has dipped in each year due to the fact that Washington has not had consistent quarterback play.
The Redskins have a home-run hitter at wide receiver in DeSean Jackson who is still one of the fastest players in the NFL, but with Washington’s problems at quarterback along with questions on the offensive line, his production could be limited in 2015.
Joe Barry is set to begin his first season as the defensive coordinator of the Redskins. The Redskins will have plenty of size on their defensive line in the form of Terrance Knighton, Ricky Jean-Francois, Stephen Paea, and Jerrell Powe as they will look to free things up for linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Murphy. Kerrigan is coming off of best season as an outside linebacker in the NFL as he recorded 13.5 sacks and the Redskins will need Murphy to offset his production as an edge rusher opposite him.
The last thing that the Redskins can afford is a slow start in 2015 which could signal the end for RGIII and Gruden in D.C.
Y-Clinched Wild Card
Best Pick: Round One-Byron Jones-Cornerback-Connecticut
The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2015 National Football League Draft expected to select a running back after watching running back DeMarco Murray leave in free agency to join the Philadelphia Eagles. With running backs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon off of the board by the time that the Cowboys selected in the first round, the Cowboys turned their attention to cornerback Bryon Jones. At 6’1″, Jones is an athletic cornerback from the University of Connecticut who will more than likely be a starter when the regular season rolls around. Jones joining the Cowboys lets you know how the team feels about cornerback Morris Claiborne. In 2012, the Cowboys traded up to draft Claiborne who has not been as good as advertised.
In the second round, the Cowboys decided to roll the dice on defensive end Randy Gregory. Gregory was a dynamic edge rusher at the University of Nebraska, but off-the-field issues including testing positive for marijuana hurt his draft stock. Gregory can be coached up in the NFL, it is just a matter of him showing the maturity that comes along with being a professional.
But the main question mark for the Cowboys in regards to the 2015 NFL Draft is the fact that they decided to pass on selecting a running which means that they are content with Darren McFadden being their feature back next season.
Best Pick: Round Two-Eric Rowe-Cornerback-Utah
The Philadelphia Eagles only had five picks at the 2015 NFL Draft as there wasn’t a great opportunity for them to add depth. The Eagles reached in the first round when they used the 20th overall pick on wide receiver Nelson Agohlor. To me Agohlor didn’t have first round talent and at this point he was not the best wide receiver available. But for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Agohlor will be a system player for him. The second round saw the Eagles select cornerback Eric Rowe. Rowe is a versatile cornerback that can be a safety as well as Kelly loves to have versatile players.
After parting with so much talent this off-season such as running back LeSean McCoy, the Eagles didn’t replace them as Kelly is attempting to build a team in his own image.
New York Giants
Best Pick: Round Two-Landon Collins-Strong Safety-Alabama
This was the first time since 2004 that the New York Giants would be picking in the top ten of the NFL Draft and they were out to find an impact player there. By most draft observers, the Giants were expected to select Brandon Scherff in the first round, but the Washington Redskins beat them to it. Instead the Giants opted for another offensive tackle in Ereck Flowers. As the Giants set out to protect their franchise quarterback in Eli Manning, Flowers is expected to be the big body that will protect his blind side.
The Giants got a huge steal in the second when they selected strong safety Landon Collins. Collins had first round talent, but he fell to the second round. Giants general manager Jerry Reese traded up with the Tennessee Titans to use the first pick of the second round on Collins. This off-season has seen the Giants lose strong safety Antrel Rolle and free safety Stevie Brown to free agency and they had a huge void in the secondary. Collins is a safety that isn’t afraid to come down into the box and play the run, but teams were scared off of his ability in pass coverage.
Like Collins, the Giants got another steal in the third round when they selected defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa. Odighizuwa had first round potential, but he slipped and Reese was able to find him in the third round. Reese loves to stock up on pass rushers and Odighizuwa should see significant snaps in the Giants defensive end rotation.
The fifth round saw the Giants take another safety in Mykkele Thompson from the University of Texas while they finished up their draft by adding more depth on the offensive line by selecting offensive tackle Bobby Hart in the seventh round.
The Giants have failed to make the playoffs since they won the Super Bowl in 2011 and they are hopeful that this draft class will be a part of their potential turnaround.
Best Pick: Round Three-Matt Jones-Running Back-Florida
Too often we’ve seen the Washington Redskins picking early at the NFL Draft and that was the same case last week. The Redskins had the fifth overall selection which they used on offensive tackle Brandon Scherff as they appear to be all in on building around quarterback Robert Griffin III. This was a draft that was based solely off of adding depth as Redskins head coach Jay Gruden is working to change the Redskins image.