CB Janoris Jenkins, DT Damon Harrison, DE Olivier Vernon
The Giants went on a spending spree this offseason. The GM finally decided to spend some money, and they did it in the exact right places. Harrison will be a force in the center of this defense as he eats up double teams. He will also take pressure off of Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, and Jonathan Hankins. This will be a line that we are used to seeing in New York. They will dminate the point of attack. Jenkins will be able to line up opposite of Dominique Rogers-Cromartie and shut down half the field. They will be an elite duo in the secondary. Vernon may have been overpaid, but he is a solid end that will look even better with the help of the other elite players on the line. He will face few double teams and has the skill and strength to be very effective on every down.
OFFSEASON GRADE: A-
RD 1: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
RD 2: WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma
RD 3: FS Darian Thompson, Boise State
RD 4: LB BJ Goodson, Clemson
RD 5: HB Paul Perkins, UCLA
RD 6: TE Jerrell Adams, South Carolina
The Giants also managed a fair haul in the draft to help their team. The pick of Eli Apple is curious as he is an out side corner, as are Jenkins and Rogers-Ceomartie. However they could develop him into the slot corner in camp as he is quick and has strong hands off the snap. His technique will fit in well in this secondary.
In the second round, the Giants stole a receiver with the potential to be a star. Shepard will fit right into the slot receiver role of this offense and give Eli Manning a reliable option other than Odell Beckham Jr. If Victor Cruz can get back to his old form, then the Giants will have a terror of a receiving trio to compliment Eli Manning.
They followed this with two picks to further bolster the defensive side of the ball. Thompson can come in and play free safety, which will allow Landon Collins to move to strong safety where he is better suited. Thompson is able to play center field and has solid cover skills. After some coaching up, he will be great. BJ Goodson will bring a thumping presence to this defense that it has missed in its line backing corps.
The Giants grabbed a real steal in the fifth round when they grabbed Paul Perkins. Perkins is a workhorse that has solid hands and can be an every down back for the Giants. He can immediately fit into the rotation and be the bell cow back that the Giants need.
They ended the draft strong with a weapon for the offense. Adams is a versatile weapon that can line up anywhere on the offense and attack. The Giants can coach up Adams and use him as their feature tight end. He was a steal that the Giants will unleash on the NFC East.
DRAFT GRADE: B-
This offseason was a key one in getting the Giants back into the playoffs. They have made leaps back into having an elite defense with key signings and draft picks. They also helped their offense retool through the draft. They stole many people in the draft that have the potential to be terrors in the league. They did overpay in free agency though, which will come back to haunt them in the future when they need to sign people. This will put a bigger importance on the draft in future years.