Following the results of Sunday’s Week 17 games, the New York Giants hold the sixth overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, the fourth time the team will pick in the top 10 over the past five years. The Giants lost their season finale against the Dallas Cowboys to finish 5-11, a two-game improvement from last year when they used the No. 2 choice on Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley.
The Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 1 pick and are one of three teams in the top 10 that drafted a quarterback in the first round this past April. Arizona selected Josh Rosen, the New York Jets took Sam Darnold, and Buffalo picked Josh Allen. The Jets hold the No. 3 pick for the second year in a row, while the Bills are No. 9.
Below is the top of the order in the 2019 NFL Draft, which will take place April 25-27 in Nashville. When records are tied, the team with the weaker strength of schedule is awarded the higher pick.
1. Cardinals (3-13)
2. 49ers (4-12)
3. Jets (4-12)
4. Raiders (4-12)
5. Buccaneers (5-11)
6. Giants (5-11)
7. Jaguars (5-11)
8. Lions (6-10)
9. Bills (6-10)
10. Broncos (6-10)
Now for a look at the history of the No. 6 pick over the last decade, beginning with the most recent: G Quenton Nelson (Colts), S Jamal Adams (Jets), OT Ronnie Stanley (Ravens), DE Leonard Williams (Jets), OT Jake Matthews (Falcons), LB Barkevious Mingo (Browns), DB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys), WR Julio Jones (Falcons), OT Russell Okung (Seahawks) and OT Andre Smith (Bengals).
There have been 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers drafted sixth overall: OT Joe Stydahar (1936 draft class), QB Sammy Baugh (‘37), C Alex Wojciechowicz (‘38), QB Y.A. Tittle (‘48), FB Jim Brown (‘57), CB Jimmy Johnson (‘61), DE Carl Eller (‘64), RB Floyd Little (‘67), RB John Riggins (‘71), WR James Lofton (‘78), WR Tim Brown (‘88) and OT Walter Jones (‘97). The Giants have used the No. 6 pick three times in franchise history: HB George Franck (’41), FB Steve Filipowicz (’43), and HB Billy Hillenbrand (’44).
The 2019 NFL Draft returns to primetime with Round 1 on Thursday, April 25. Rounds 2 and 3 will follow on Friday, April 26, and Rounds 4-7 will conclude the event on Saturday, April 27.