That was good news for the Giants, whose targets then fell right where they had thought. But will the third day, Rounds 4-7, be the same? And what do the Giants have left to accomplish?
This is when personnel departments are more prone to take calculated risks as every prospect taken now has a question mark or two. This is when general managers sift through their scouting reports and find the right fit. This is when teams can uncover gems.
But before we get into who those prospects may be, let’s recap the first two days of action.
After drafting LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round, the Giants shored up the trenches on Day 2 with a pair of 50-game college starters. Weston Richburg, a center out of Colorado State, was taken in the second round with the 43rd overall pick before the Giants selected Jay Bromley, a defensive tackle from Syracuse, with the 74th pick in the third round.
So far, the Giants have targeted production more than potential. We’ll see if that carries into the latter rounds, where the Giants could go in a variety of directions.
Heading into the draft, we looked at the offensive and defensive lines, wide receiver, tight end, and linebacker as possible draft priorities for the Giants, who took care of the first three in the first three rounds. They could look to bolster their lines even further on Saturday while looking for another playmaker on either side of the ball. We will see.
Giants.com looks at those options with the four remaining picks, which are No. 113 (Rd. 4), No. 152 (Rd. 5), No. 174 (Rd. 5 - compensatory), No. 187 (Rd. 6). Here are the top players available, according to NFL.com:
1. Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
2. Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
3. AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
4. Keith McGill, CB, Utah
5. Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
6. Cyril Richardson, OL, Baylor
7. Dion Bailey, S, USC
8. Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
9. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
10. Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Others: WR Martavis Bryant (Clemson), DL DaQuan Jones (Penn State), RB Andre Williams (Boston College), QB Garrett Gilbert (SMU) DL Anthony Johnson (LSU), DE/LB Chris Smith (Arkansas), RB Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona) DB Brock Vereen (Minnesota) DB Marqueston Huff (Wyoming), WR Bruce Ellington (South Carolina).