“Make the Case” is back in session on Giants.com.
In this series, we look at projections provided by two draft experts and then ask you, the fans, to weigh in on what the Giants should do in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants currently hold 12 picks, beginning with the 6th and 17th overall selections.
SCENARIO 1 (According to Dane Brugler, The Athletic)
No. 6: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Analysis: “There are scheme fit questions with this pairing, but Giants’ defensive coordinator James Bettcher uses multiple fronts and shouldn’t have any issues putting Oliver in position to succeed. General Manager Dave Gettleman believes in drafting traits and wasn’t shy targeting defensive tackles early in the draft when he was in charge in Carolina (Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Vernon Butler).”
No. 17: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Analysis: “Mapping out quarterback landing spots in a first-round mock draft is like playing matchmaker and finding two alike partners. That is certainly the case with Jones to the Giants with his connection to the Manning family and a situation where he can develop at his own pace behind the starter.”
SCENARIO 2 (According to Peter Schrager, NFL Network)
No. 6: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Analysis: “There will be WFAN hysteria and message-board debates about this pick leading right up until the card is turned in. I do think the Giants will go quarterback, but not the guy everyone has pegged to them. Lock wowed folks at the Senior Bowl, has a ton of moxie and can rip it. Make no mistake: The fans may not agree with the choice. But I see Lock as a Giants quarterback before Dwayne Haskins. The ‘Kansas City model’ plays out, and it's Eli passing the torch to the former Missouri Tiger, not the Ohio State Buckeye.”
No. 17: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
Analysis: “The leader of that loaded Clemson defensive line, Ferrell is one of the more decorated players in the entire draft, winning two national titles, notching a first-team All-ACC selection and the Ted Hendricks Award (college football's top defensive end). In 2018, he had 19.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, four pass breakups and three forced fumbles. New York gets the edge rusher the Giants' unit so desperately needs.”