Are there any tight ends available in the draft that would fit the Giants' offensive system?
Tight ends who can both run and block with great proficiency are harder to find than they used to be, but they're out there. The Giants prefer tight ends who can do both, because Tom Coughlin remains a strong believer in offensive balance. A tight end that can block can boost the rushing attack and one that can catch passes obviously helps the passing game. It helps if you can find one player who can do both. There are a few available. But that doesn't mean the Giants will select one.
Sure. There might not be any with the high ceiling that would go in the top ten of the draft, but for the remainder of the draft there are a number of players with different skills that could fit what the Giants do offensively. It is only a matter of their value fitting where the Giants select.
Heading into last year's draft, so much speculation revolved around the tight end position, and we saw what happened. The Giants went wide receiver and took the future AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. while the staff stood by their current tight ends as Larry Donnell had a breakout season and Daniel Fells was third on the team with four receiving touchdowns. This year is different, and based off draft experts, the first tight end won't go until the second round at the earliest. But there are some intriguing players. Minnesota's Maxx Williams' NFL bloodlines are tied to the Giants. His father, Brian, played primarily center and appeared in 129 games with 64 starts for Big Blue from 1989-1999. Maxx has drawn comparisons to Jeremy Shockey and said at the combine that he emulates perennial Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten of the Cowboys.