Sometimes it is the need that decides who teams pick in the draft. Other times, it is who you have. I think the Giants' draft will be at least partially driven by the players on the roster below.
Ereck Flowers – everything to date points to Ereck Flowers joining TJ Fluker and Justin Pugh as Giants players drafted to play tackle but appear destined to finish out their careers playing Guard. While I still believe his run-blocking is underappreciated, there is no denying that his pass blocking simply hasn’t been up to NFL standards. The tools are there so what is it? Is he uncoachable, a question that came up in college? Was there some undisclosed injury he played through last season? Is the “want to” factor simply not there? Whatever the reason, the Giants may for the 3rd time in 5 years be looking for a Tackle on Day 1 of the draft.
Paul Perkins – the question I would love to have the answer to is whether the Giants believe he is the new starter or not. Perkins is a decent all around back who improved during the 2016 season. He came in and took over the starting position from Jennings late in the season and was more productive. More importantly, he could stay healthy and Vereen and Jennings couldn’t. So, do the Giants want him to be the 15-20 carry back for the future, or is the future starting RB not on the roster yet? I believe it is the latter, but I could be wrong.
Romeo Okwara – yes, Okwara. When JPP was out against Dallas, it was Okwara, not Odigizawa, Wynn, or Maponga that stepped in as the starter. The undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame has apparently showed he could stay healthy and expanded on his immense raw ability. The former LB turned DE no longer looked stiff and out of position but had several tackles, a sack and a pass defended against the Cowboys. He was rewarded with additional snaps in the remaining games to give Vernon and JPP some much needed rest in the final games going into the playoffs. Does that continue in 2017? Is the needed help at DE on the roster or not?
Jay Bromley – The DT has done next to nothing for the Giants, getting his first sack as a Giant midway through his third season in 2016 – against the much-maligned Rams O-line. With the departure of Hankins, a huge opportunity has opened up for him. I’m not sold that he will be anything other than a rotational player, and even if he does show well, he is a free agent next year. There is no guarantee he will be around after the 2017 season under any circumstances. His lack of development, pending free agency status, and the departure of Hankins has turned the DT position from a want in this draft to a need.
Aldrick Rosas – If you are asking yourself “who?”, therein lies the problem. Aldrick Rosas is currently the only kicker on the roster. Day 1 or 2? No. But a Day 3 selection is a near certainty.
Eli Manning – as brother Peyton showed, no matter how good you are, when your arm starts to go it can go quickly. Only the Giants know just where Eli is physically now and regardless of where they see him, the clock is going to keep ticking. I don’t believe the Giants will pull the trigger on a QB in Round one this season but top QBs are drafted in the first 20 picks. If Trubisky slips and starts coming into range, or if MaHomes is still hanging around into the middle of Round 2, the Giants could try to move up. Of course, wanting to move up and actually be able to do it can be quite different.
DRC – like Manning, DRC has played very well of late, but how many good years he has left is a mystery. I don’t believe CB is an issue, but certainly there are those that do. The departure of depth at CB makes a 3rd Day selection likely, but we could see them pull the trigger on a CB sooner if someone they like falls into their lap.