Mike Garafolo breaks down Giants offseason
NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo joined Giants.com's John Schmeelk on the Giants Huddle podcast this week.
Garafolo and Schmeelk discussed several topics, including the Giants' moves in free agency, Daniel Jones, what the team might do in the draft, and much more.
Of course, the Giants made several big splashes in free agency this offseason. They got things started by agreeing to a contract extension with defensive lineman Leonard Williams before agreeing to a multi-year contract with one of the top wide receivers to hit the market, Kenny Golladay.
Many pundits believed this would be the end of Big Blue's spending, at least in terms of large contracts. But as Garafolo noted, things changed when the Tennessee Titans released promising young cornerback Adoree' Jackson.
"Adoree' Jackson popping free changes things because now all of a sudden he's available," Garafolo told Schmeelk. "It reminds me of the Antrel Rolle signing from years ago when he had a fifth year, a big number, and the Cardinals let him go but tried to bring him back. All of a sudden, he's available. These guys become available and you say, 'Hey, we have to make a run at this guy because we have a certain value on him.'"
The Giants hope to get similar returns on their investment in Jackson as they did with Rolle over 10 years ago. The veteran safety was signed to a five-year contract in 2010 and went on to earn a selection as a Pro Bowler and Second-Team All-Pro in his first season with the team. The following year, Rolle played a significant role in the franchise's run to a Super Bowl XLVI title. He provided the Giants' secondary with strong play throughout his five-year tenure, once again being named Second-Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in 2013.
In terms of the draft, Garafolo believes the Giants could go in a few different directions at No. 11. He mentioned edge rusher being a possibility in the first round with Miami's Gregory Rousseau as a potential target. However, Garafolo did note that there could be a rush on quarterbacks, with as many as five QBs possibly going in the top 10. This would obviously push some of the top non-quarterback prospects down the draft, thus providing the Giants with more intriguing options at No. 11.
Whatever route the Giants do decide to go in during the draft, Garafolo stated that the team's moves in free agency put them in a strong position to select the best player available at No. 11, rather than having to draft for a position of need.
"Pass rush or offensive skill position you could see up there..." the NFL Network reporter said about what position the Giants could target in the first round. "Now listen, if (Penei) Sewell does drop a little bit and he's sitting right there, that could change things for the Giants as far as 'can't pass on that kind of ability here' at a position of not immediate need necessarily but certainly a need for the long haul...
"A lot of the moves that they made in free agency took away those needs, allowing them to go really best player available. Best player combined with a little bit of need, obviously."
Watch the video below to view Garafolo's full interview on the Giants Huddle podcast.
Bucky Brooks' Top 5 draft prospects by position
With the calendar officially turning to April, coverage of the upcoming NFL Draft will pick up in the weeks leading up to April 29.
Draft experts from all across the country have been putting their best guesses forward for who might land with the Giants' at No. 11.
NFL Network's Bucky Brooks updated his top 5 prospects by position rankings this week, which featured some interesting changes.
The full position rankings can be found in the gallery below, but here are a few of Brooks' top 5 prospects by position rankings:
1. Jaelan Phillips, Miami
2. Kwity Paye, Michigan
3. Gregory Rousseau, Miami
4. Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest
5. Jayson Oweh, Penn State
1. Zaven Collins, Tulsa
2. Azeez Ojulari, Georgia
3. Joseph Ossai, Texas
4. Chris Rumph II, Duke
5. Baron Browning, Ohio State
Interior Offensive Linemen
1. Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
2. Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
3. Trey Smith, Tennessee
4. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
5. Landon Dickerson, Alabama
NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks revealed his updated position rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Bob Papa recaps Giants' offseason moves
Bob Papa breaks down the Giants' moves in free agency this offseason, along with the rest of the NFC East.