There are 2 ways to approach the NFL draft. Draft for position of need, or draft the best player available. Recently the Giants have gone the route of position of need. Every Giant fan has a different opinion into which direction the Giants should go with the 9th overall pick in the 2015 draft, but trust me when I say the following routes would be ideal.
1. Safety– A lot of people are really gunning for an offensive linemen for this pick. And with players like Brandon Scherff from Iowa, La’el Collins from LSU (who wouldn’t want another LSU player), Andrus Peat from Stanford, and D.J. Humphries from Florida, this is a rather loaded offensive line draft. However, the Giants currently have 14 (yes FOURTEEN) offensive linemen on their roster, most of which probably wont be on the 53 man roster come week 1 but do we really need a 15 man battle for 5 spots?
Currently are starting safeties are Cooper Taylor (who I actually like) but is not a starter, and Nat Berhe. Go ahead and Google him, I’ll wait. Stevie Brown is still currently a free agent so he still remains a possibility and with no actions taken during free agency to sign anyone, I would be perfectly fine trading down in the first round to the late teens, or early 20, picks and try to draft Landon Collins from Alabama. This would allow us to get the best available safety and possibly stock pile some picks in the later rounds. I am a minority with this sort of move but would be my ideal deal.
2. Offensive Line– Now I am a realest and know that the offensive line is weak no matter how many people are currently on the roster. The offensive linemen listed above would all have an immediate impact if taken and would most likely start. But if they do choose to go a different route, I see the week 1 line looking like, Marshall Newhouse at right tackle I am very high on this free agent pick up, and hope I am right, this moves Justin Pugh to right guard where I believe he is better suited, Geoff Schwartz, if healthy could be the leader and anchor at left guard, and the veteran Will Beatty sticking at left tackle. Now the starting center will either be Weston Richburg who most people believe will be the week 1 starter, but the pick up from Brett Jones from the Canadian Football League should give him a run for the money, and I also am very high on him. Should be one of the best mini camp competitions.
3. Defensive End– Jason Pierre-Paul is franchise tagged and if he wants to stay with Big Blue and make big money, we should see him have a big year. Mathias Kiwanuka has since been released leaving an opening for a speed rusher off the other side of Pierre-Paul. The Defensive Line is also pretty loaded in this draft and Vic Beasley from Clemson, Randy Gregory from Nebraska (failed drug test and all), and Shane Ray from Missouri, and all are viable picks at 9.
4. Wide Receiver– Yes I am saying it. A team with Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and plenty others at wide receivers would not be exactly wrong to add another explosive receiver to the roster. Especially with Cruz coming off a devastating knee injury and has his issues with dropping balls and Randle’s inconsistency. Why not take a big name like Amari Cooper or Kevin White, if available? I don’t believe they will be but worth a shot.
If I had to choose a 5th position to draft for I would have to say either Middle/Outside Linebacker but there is honestly no linebacker worth picking that high. Which again brings up the trading down option and take Bud Dupree, or Eli Harold. Let’s be honest though, all signs are pointing to either an Offensive or Defensive lineman being taken.
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