New York Giants Offseason Blueprint


Photo Courtesy of Pat Pryor

Written By: Alexander Amir


A new coaching staff, GM, and the 2nd overall pick wasn’t enough to Big Blue’s fortune around in 2018, as the team entered their bye week with a 1-7 record and ended the year with just 5 wins. There were a bunch of positions that underwhelmed: prized left tackle Nate Solder struggled to replicate the success he had with the Patriots, and right tackle was a revolving door with Chad Wheeler there for most of the season. Eli Manning is far too immobile to be play behind such a weak offensive line, and is losing the ability to stand in the pocket and deliver in the face of pressure. On defense, Janoris Jenkins was not the lockdown cornerback that he used to be, the pass rush was virtually non-existent, and the linebacker play was underwhelming. On the bright side, the 2018 rookies showed outstanding promise. Saquon Barkley is everything that was advertised, while Will Hernandez and B.J. Hill will be starters for a long time. The Giants are closer to competing than their record suggests, but they require changes at significant positions if they are to do so.


Available Salary Cap Space- $31,662,094


Free Agents


Unrestricted Free Agents

Landon Collins- S

Cody Latimer- WR

Mario Edwards- DE Kerry Wynn- DE

Russell Shepard- WR

Zak DeOssie- LS

John Greco- LG

Nathan Stupar- OLB

Josh Mauro- DE

B.W. Webb- CB

Jamon Brown- RG

John Jenkins- DE

Bennie Fowler- WR

Scott Simonson- TE

Tony Lippett- CB Curtis Riley- FS


Restricted Free Agents

Corey Coleman- WR

Alex Tanney- QB

Antonio Hamilton- CB

Spencer Pulley- C


Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Jordan Williams- OLB

Kristjan Sokoli- DE

Jon Halapio- C

Elijhaa Penny- RB

Aldrick Rosas- K

Alonzo Russell- WR


Potential Cap Casualties (Bold = Dead Money, Italics = Cap Gain)

Eli Manning- QB ($6.2 mil) ($17 mil)

Olivier Vernon- EDGE ($8 mil) ($11.5 mil)

Janoris Jenkins- CB ($7 mil) ($7.5 mil)

Jonathan Stewart- RB ($250,000) ($2.525 mil)

*All figures for cap purposes are taken as pre-June 1st, unless otherwise stated. All cap figures courtesy of Overthecap.com, unless otherwise stated*


Team Needs

Edge Rusher

Quarterback

Right Tackle

Cornerback

Free Safety

Wide receiver


Draft pick Allotment

1st Round: #6

2nd Round: #5

3rd Round: Forfeited (Sam Beal, CB- 2018 Supplemental Draft)

4th Round: #6

4th Round: #32

4th Round: Compensatory (Justin Pugh)*

5th Round: #4

5th Round: #5

5th Round: Compensatory (Devon Kennard)*

6th Round: #7

7th Round: #6

7th Round: #18

*Compensatory Pick Projection courtesy of Nick Korte of Overthecap.com


Mock Offseason


Players Re-signed

Landon Collins- S

Kerry Wynn- EDGE

Zak DeOssie- LS

Jamon Brown- RG

Scott Simonson- TE

Corey Coleman- WR

Jon Halapio- C

John Greco- LG

Aldrick Rosas- K

Josh Mauro- EDGE

Nathan Stupar- OLB


Cap Casualties

Eli Manning- QB

Olivier Vernon- EDGE

Jonathan Stewart- RB


Trade

49ers get: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, 5th round

Giants get: 2019 1st round (#2 overall), 3rd round, 2020 3rd round


Free Agent Targets

Za’Darius Smith- EDGE (Ravens)

With pass rushers Demarcus Lawrence, Trey Flowers, Dee Ford, Jadeveon Clowney, Frank Clark, and Brandon Graham hitting the open market, the Giants may be able to get Smith at a bit of a discount. Smith is just entering his prime and had a breakout year, and could join a young rookie to create a fearsome pass rush.


Daryl Williams- RT (Panthers)

A 4th round pick by current Giants GM Dave Gettleman, Williams spent most of 2018 on IR. However, he had a breakout 2017 year in which he was a top right tackle. His injury will reduce his price, which will let the Giants shell out more money to a premiere defensive player. His familiarity with GM Gettleman would help.


Adrian Amos- S (Bears)

Amos is a young, talented free safety who thrived in Chicago’s vaunted defense. While he likely benefited from the players around him, but he was also ranked 2nd in the league in yards allowed when in coverage. Amos and the Bears couldn’t come to an agreement on an extension during the season and the Bears have limited cap space. If the Giants do in fact shed some salary they could outbid the Bears for Amos.


Tyrod Taylor- QB (Browns)

In my mind, Taylor would be the ideal bridge QB. He has been an efficient passer for much of his career despite lacking a true #1 receiver. He’s also a veteran who would be able to mentor Dwayne Haskins or whichever QB the Giants choose for their future. He resembles Case Keenum a bit, who head coach Pat Shurmur had success with in Minnesota, but he brings a bit more athleticism and deep ball than Keenum does. Finally, he would come pretty cheap due to the lack of QB-needy teams.


4-Round Mock Draft

1st Round (from SF): Josh Allen, EDGE (Kentucky)

1st Round: Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)

2nd Round: Kelvin Harmon, WR (NC State)

3rd Round (from SF): Chase Winovich, EDGE (Michigan)

4th Round: Joejuan Williams, CB (Vanderbilt)

4th Round: Dontavius Russell, DT (Auburn)

4th Round: K.J. Hill, WR (Ohio State)


Keep a lookout for more offseason blueprints as we get closer to the start of the new league year!