Giants Offseason Needs NFL 2022: Free Agency And Draft Preview
The Big Apple might have big problems (that includes the Jets too). The Giants are always competitive in the NFC East in their division games, but everywhere else, it’s just kinda meh. That meh part is what we need to work on. With 2 top 10 picks and some key players going to free agency this year, this can look like a very different Giants team before the 2022 season. Let’s see what we can do here for the Giants offseason needs.
First, they have to nail the GM and HC hire. I’d be more helpful in the HC hire than GM. If I were the Giants, I’d focus heavily on Brian Flores. He’s a great coach that built a suffocating defense in Miami. Also, Deshaun Watson wants to play for Brian Flores, do you see where I’m going with this? Daniel Jones is not good and Watson would fix that problem too. 2 birds, 1 stone. However, keeping their options open, they can go an offensive or defensive coach here. There’s a lot of names they can look at. Both coordinators from the Bills would be solid: Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier. Kellen Moore, Eric Bieniemy, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Caldwell, Don “Wink” Martindale, Byron Leftwich, and others. There’s plenty of names out there for their team. They should take their time and find the best one, but grab the best one before the other teams do.
Giants Free Agency
First, in free agency, they only have $4 million to their name. YIKES. They aren’t completely useless yet though. While they can, they need to address their DL. This has a pretty good market for that need. They should make that a priority going into free agency. With little money they have, they won’t get a premier guy, but they might luck out with some value in a deep free agency class and find a few players that want to play in New York. Also, Evan Engram is going to be a free agent, as a side note, I don’t understand why Giants fans hate Evan Engram, but they do. If they wanted to find a new TE for their team, this would be the free agency to do it. This just isn’t the offseason to find the OL help that they need. However, since they might lose Jabrill Peppers in free agency, this might be a good free agency class to address any secondary needs that want to address, if they have the money of course. Considering how often Saquon Barkley gets injured, finding a better backup RB might be a great idea in this free agency as well. As far as LB and OL needs, they might want to address that in the draft.
As mentioned, the Giants should have two top 10 picks in this draft at 5 and 7. They will have an early 2nd round pick at 36, and a later pick at 81. They need to do the best they can with these picks to help them compete with the Giant (punny) in their division: The Dallas Cowboys. As far as their Giants offseason needs go, there’s a need of drafting OL here, I really like the idea of the Giants picking two in the first round. Whoever the Giants put at QB (more on that later), the Giants have a Giant need (sorry, it’s too easy) on the offensive line to help their QB and Saquon Barkley. For me, they should get the best right tackle in the draft in Evan Neal if he’s there. The Giants picked Andrew Thomas 2 years ago for LT or else I’d heavily consider Ikem Ekwonu. However, we have 2 picks here to play with, and I think they need to go OL again. I think the Giants need to go with Kenyon Green with their other pick. He’s the best, and only guard worth taking in the 1st round. Getting him would be beneficial. This also works vice-versa. I can see getting the best guard in Green and not even chancing it that he’s there at 7. From there, getting the next best tackle would work. Whether it be Nicholas Petit-Frere or Charles Cross, or if the two tackles above drop to 7, grabbing one of them.
The 2nd round is where it gets interesting. There’s a lot of things they can do here to address their Giants offseason needs. If they went with my plan of getting two OL in the first (like they should), it opens up ideas in the 2nd. I like the Giants to take an LB, WR, EDGE, or a secondary player here. That’s a lot of options considering how the board falls. There might be a few gems that drop to them early in the 2nd. Imagine a guy like Nakobe Dean or Devin Lloyd dropping to you, I mean I doubt it but shit. Brandon Smith, Henry To’o To’o, Darrian Beavers, and Christian Harris would be just fine too and more realistic. WRs have plenty to choose from, it’s so deep that the Giants could wait until the 3rd, which I recommend. Kenny Golladay is fine, plus, there are other pressing needs on this Giants team. At EDGE, there are a few guys I like here that might drop, Drake Jackson and Myjal Sanders especially. In the secondary, there’s more CB than S options. Jordan Battle would be solid right here, at CB, Derion Kendrick or Trent McDuffie might tickle some fancy for New York. Let’s fill one of these holes early in the 2nd and not have to reach on this pick.
In the 3rd, the Giants have 67 and 81 which will be a great time to draft a QB. No, I didn’t forget about it. BUT, the Giants have reportedly committed to Daniel Jones. Why? I don’t know. Daniel Jones isn’t really that good, I’m not saying the QB they draft in a 3rd round will be better but at some point, I like to think they want to challenge Daniel Jones and put him on notice. Mike Glennon isn’t challenging that (besides, he is a free agent this year.) However, I get it. The Giants might not think that any of these QBs that they can get will move the needle for them. That’s correct. So, waiting until next year to possibly get a better QB and just sticking with Daniel Jones isn’t the worst idea. I don’t hate the idea of going DE here like a guy Nik Bonitto. This would also be the time I would go WR here. I’ve said it in other offseason needs posts but Calvin Austin III or Justyn Ross would be great here. They could go CB here as well, I like Nehemiah Pritchett, or, considering how Coby Bryant played against Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semi-Final, he could be a 3rd round pick. They could go DT here and get Perrion Winfrey or Tyler Davis here as well. They do have 2 3rd round picks, so the idea on both picks is one of these guys if they are available.
The Giants aren’t as far off as people think. But they still have some work to do. They might be able to contend for a wild card spot if they do this offseason right by addressing the Giants offseason needs. But the Giants have to have a lot of ducks in a row for that to happen. Still, crazier things have happened. The Giants have to be smart. Drafting Daniel Jones is an example of NOT being smart. So, drafting a QB in the first round with a weak QB class like this would probably be on the same level or not being smart. Let’s work on this line to help Saquon Barkley, maybe find a QB later on. So when you do draft a QB, this line can help him immediately. Help find depth on this defense and add more weapons on offense. Just a thought, let’s see how the Big Blue fairs this year if they address the Giants offseason needs.
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