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Experts react to Giants' 2017 draft picks


Media experts give their take on the Giants draft picks:


With the 23rd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected tight end Evan Engram of Ole Miss. Here is a look at what the experts are saying about the pick:

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"He's a matchup nightmare. He can block on the perimeter. He'll be an immediate impact player. His skill set is closer to Mike Evans. He runs routes like a wide receiver. I don't care what you call him. Eli [Manning] is going to say 'Wow, I love this kid.'"

"If you happened to follow the SI draft rankings, it was Engram and not David Njoku who slotted in as this class's No. 2 TE, behind O.J. Howard. In that context alone, this is a sneakily strong pick by GM Jerry Reese. It's also a classic Giants pick, as it bypasses the team's glaring need at linebacker despite Reuben Foster's fall and Zach Cunningham's availability. Offensive tackle could have been in the cards, too, but this pick will continue to push the Giants toward a throw-first-ask-questions-later offense. Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard … how does a defense defend this attack?"

"I wrote after the combine that Engram was entering the first-round discussion, and I've moved him above David Njoku as my second-ranked tight end. … He put up the best 40 time (4.42) among tight ends and the fourth-best vertical (36 inches) at the combine. At 6-3, 234, Engram had 65 catches for 925 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. He also has experience, as he was a four-year player for the Rebels. He's a natural pass-catcher who could line up in the slot in the NFL, though he must improve his inline blocking."

"I'm going to give this pick an 'A' because they have remade their offense, and we're doubling down. Teams that are going to the championship game are the teams that are finding ways to score points. The New York Giants went through a stretch last year when they could not score on offense; Eli couldn't get it right. So the way you help an aging quarterback is surround him with big-time playmakers. Evan Engram is a copy of Jordan Reed, who is playing down in Washington. This is a matchup nightmare. You put him in the middle, so now what you have with the New York Giants is Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, you've got Brandon Marshall on the outside, you have a do-it-all playmaker in the inside in Engram. Their three- or four-wide packages will give people problems. They now should be able to find a way to score points."

"The Giants' first Round 1 tight end since Jeremy Shockey in 2002, Engram just made a scary receiving corps terrifying. Whether you classify Engram as a small tight end or a huge slot receiver, he'll be a mismatch nightmare at 6-3 and 234 pounds with 4.4 40 speed. And who's going to double him at the expense of leaving WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall in single coverage? Engram won't be a great blocker, but that's not what will pay his bills. Move QB Eli Manning up your fantasy draft board."

"Evan Engram gives the Giants an underneath matchup player with the speed to get up the seam. Similar to the skill set of Jordan Reed, Engram has the route running talent and formation flexibility to align in multiple spots. He can be a weapon for Eli Manning."


With the 23rd pick in the second round (55th overall), the New York Giants drafted defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama. Here is what the experts are saying about the pick:

"You saw last year what Damon Harrison gave the Giants inside and here comes Dalvin Tomlinson. When I watched the Clemson game this year, Dalvin Tomlinson was the best player on the field for Alabama. Very consistent. Stout at the point of attack. Can give you some pass rush inside and collapse the pocket."

"Grade: A. I love this kid. He is a tough, physical player who loves the game. That is a hit."

"New York always favors deep talent on its defensive line, and Tomlinson certainly checks that box. The Giants also had a need after Johnathan Hankins' recent defection to the Colts."

"Tomlinson helps New York fill the void left by the departure of Johnathan Hankins in free agency. Tomlinson will add immediate depth on the interior and help make sure the Giants continue to be stout defending the run. They were tied for third in rush defense in 2016."

"By taking Evan Engram in Round 1 (a pick that drew an A-minus grade here), the Giants sort of pushed themselves out of the early O-line market. This was a good range for the D-line, however, and the Giants needed help there after losing Johnathan Hankins. Tomlinson is a big, difficult-to-move body for the middle."


With the 23rd pick in the third round (87th overall), the New York Giants drafted Cal quarterback Davis Webb. Here is what the experts are saying about the pick:

"Davis Webb's got a live arm. He drops it in the bucket. Moves well enough, quick release, big arm. He's one of the five quarterbacks where you can make a case in this draft that they can start a game in the NFL and be a quarterback."

"A dogged worker whose numbers (4,295 yards, 37 TD passes) at Cal last year were just a tick below Jared Goff's production a season earlier. Like most of his peers, Webb needs some acclimation time from the spread offense to the NFL, but he'd get plenty of that apprenticing under Eli Manning. Webb might also have a coaching future."

"The first-round hype on Webb earlier this week was hard to figure, but as a sit-and-wait QB in this round, it's a fit. If he turns out to be that Round 1-caliber player, the Giants will have their answer whenever Manning calls it a career."


With the 34th pick in the fourth round (140th overall), the New York Giants selected running back Wayne Gallman of Clemson. Here is what the experts are saying about the pick:

Mike Mayock, NFL Network

"I call him quicker than fast. … He's got good feel for the zone game. I like his jump cut and bounce. He doesn't have the long speed, but he's very quick and he finishes runs. He's got some size to him. He can catch the football coming out of the backfield. It's going to be interesting in New York because they drafted [Paul] Perkins in the [fifth] round a year ago, who's a pretty good football player also. [They're] looking for depth at running back."

Charles Davis, NFL Network

"I always thought when you go back to the tape and when you watch the tape over his career, he ate carries, he played really hard at all times, did everything they asked of him. … When I watched him play, I looked back at [Falcons running back] Devonta Freeman's career at Florida State, and when he came out, a lot of people said that he does a little bit of everything well, but what does he do really well? Well, he developed big as he went along in the NFL with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Just how hard this guy played and carried the ball in the ACC, that's what I liked about Wayne Gallman."

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

"I thought running style-wise, I saw a little bit of even [Titans running back] DeMarco Murray – just kind of that upright, slashing, gliding type of a runner."

"Playing on the same team as perennial Heisman contender Deshaun Watson and star receiver Mike Williams has put Gallman a bit in the shadows nationally. The son of a Marine (Wayne, Sr.) has been an all-conference pick the past two years, however. As a redshirt freshman, he took over the starting job nine times, running for a team-high 769 yards and four scores. Things got real in 2015, as Gallman actually shared the team's Offensive MVP Award with Watson and was named first-team All-ACC after setting a school record with 1,527 rushing yards. Although he received considerably fewer carries as a junior (196 versus 283 in 2015), he still earned second-team All-ACC accolades with 1,002 yards and scored a career-high 15 times on the ground."

"A tough and determined runner with solid traits all around, but he doesn't stand out in any one area. Possibility he competes for reps as a rookie."


With the 23rd pick in the fifth round (167thoverall), the New York Giants selected defensive end Avery Moss of Youngstown State. Here is what the experts are saying about the pick:

Bucky Brooks, NFL Network

"When you think about Olivier Vernon, Olivier Vernon is a guy that's probably a more natural 3-4 outside linebacker type that was able to play in Miami and eventually he landed that big contract with the Giants. Maybe [Moss] kicks in on that side, plays behind Olivier Vernon, learns how to play that position and becomes a very, very productive player. He has some disruptive plays. You saw the splash play potential. He played at a higher level of competition early [at Nebraska] before dropping down. So you're beginning to think that the transition shouldn't be as hard for him as some other small-school guys coming into the league."

Lance Zierlein, NFL Network

"You really want to know the truth: I think Avery Moss has a better chance to perform at a higher level in the NFL than [Patriots third-round draft pick] Derek Rivers, his teammate. He is a slippery defensive end who has some very interesting traits, especially that length."

"An above-average run defender, Moss has the frame, length and initial burst to provide depth and potentially start at defensive end in a base four-man front."

"A high effort toolsy 4-3 DE pass rusher with some off-field concerns following a one-year ban from Nebraska leading to a transfer. Another moldable DE prospect for the G-Men to develop."


The New York Giants traded up in the sixth round to select offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty of Pittsburgh. Here is what the experts are saying about the pick:

Mike Mayock, NFL Network

"He played left tackle at Pittsburgh, kicked inside and played some guard at the Senior Bowl, where I actually liked him a little bit better. The question is whether he is stout enough inside, strong enough inside to win. Again, I liked him there at the Senior Bowl, so I'm not sure where they're going to line him up. But I do know with the Giants, they've got some needs. They probably could use a swing tackle, and that's probably where he's going to live Year 1."

Lance Zierlein, NFL Network

"One of the top 20 offensive tackle prospects in the country according to recruiting services, Bisnowaty decided to stay in-state to play his college ball. As a redshirt freshman, he started eight games at left tackle, missing the final four contests because of a back injury. BIsnowaty manned the blind side for 10 games in 2014 and 12 in 2015, when he was named first-team All-ACC by league coaches. He missed one game in each of those seasons with an ankle injury. Bisnowaty repeated the first-team accolades as a senior, playing every game at the left tackle spot for the Panthers."

"A four-year starter at Pittsburgh as a tackle, but best in smaller spaces and would probably fit best as a guard with the ability to kick out to tackle if needed. Decent value here at a position of need for the Giants."

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