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2016 NFL Draft Grade: New York Giants

New York Giants Draft Class10th overall:


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.

Grade: A-

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft Grade: New York Giants

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