The 2017 season was filled with disappointment for the New York Giants. They now own a top pick in the NFL draft to build towards the team’s next chapter.
If there was an award for the most disappointing team, the 2017 version would go to the New York Giants. Star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall missed significant playing time. The elite defense regressed to an average at best unit. Eli Manning continued his declining play as he ages behind an abysmal offensive line.
The team underwent massive changes on the sidelines and front office. With new coaches and coordinators paired with a new general manager, the draft strategy could differ from what this stable franchise is used to.
This mock draft was completed using Fanspeak’s On The Clock, a fun and informative tool for any NFL draft fans.
Round 1 – Pick 2
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Picking just behind the Cleveland Browns is never where a team that was in the playoffs a year ago wants to be. That is exactly where the New York Giants ended up. This is an unusual spot for a team that is typically picking in the teens at the earliest. Being this high in the draft may be a blessing for the Giants. They can grab one of the draft’s best quarterbacks to help the transition once they decide to move on from Eli Manning.
Josh Rosen is the guy in this mock draft with the Browns selecting Sam Darnold with the first overall pick. Rosen is the best pure passer in this draft. At UCLA he showed that he can make every NFL throw and do so with poise in the pocket. If it were not for some injury history and a suspected “bad attitude” Rosen would be the clear cut favorite for best quarterback in the draft. His team struggled to help him with constant drops and a shaky offensive line. Rosen did not help himself either by being brash in public throughout his college career. His remarks would not shy me away from his talent though.
There will be talk of the Giants trading this pick or taking a non-quarterback. New general manager David Gettleman is ready to ride out the rest of Manning’s career. That is a fine tactic but to not understand Manning’s succession plan would be a grave mistake for this organization. If they truly do not want a quarterback, the best bet would be to trade back and add draft capital at a time that there are plenty of teams with need at quarterback willing to give up hauls to get them.