New York Giants Draft Class
10th overall: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
40th overall: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
71st overall: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
109th overall: B.J. Goodson, ILB, Clemson
149th overall: Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA
184th overall: Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
The poor New York Giants. Their desire for Jack Conklin was apparently leaked, prompting the Tennessee Titans to trade up in front of them for him. Next was Leonard Floyd, but then the Chicago Bears moved into #9 to take him away from the Giants too. So next on their board was Mr. Can’t Cook, Eli Apple. I like Apple, and after Prince Amukamara didn’t work out the Giants could use a new young corner on their team. Of course there were other options. Many had Vernon Hargraves higher on their board, and he went #11 to Tampa Bay, Laremy Tunsil would have been a terrific selection but might have broken what was left of Erick Flowers’ confidence. They do need linebackers though, and ended up passing on Alabama’s brute of a middle linebacker Reggie Ragland not once by twice. Instead the Giants added Sterling Shepard, who could be a little dynamo for them in the slot, giving Eli Manning a legitimate interior target to go along with Odell Beckham Jr on the outside, but boy Ragland could have done great things for that defense. They did eventually pick up a linebacker in the 4th round, but after years of poor linebackers creating holes in their defense a higher selection like Ragland would likely have pleased fans far more Although selected late on Paul Perkins is probably going to get reps early on in the weak Giants backfield and Jerrell Adams could also see time quickly for the Giants, making this draft pretty successful, at the moment anyway.