New York Giants
Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami-Florida) Round 1 (9); Landon Collins (S, Alabama) Round 2 (33); Owamagbe Odighizuwa (DE, UCLA) Round 3 (74); Mykkele Thompson (S, Texas) Round 5 (144); Geremy Davis (WR, UConn) Round 6 (186); Bobby Hart (OG, Florida State) Round 7 (226)
The Giants got three players who were at least in the mix as first-round talents in Flowers, Collins and Odighizuwa, so it was an impressive haul for a talent-starved franchise. Bolstering the offensive line to help extend Eli Manning’s stretch as a competent option at the quarterback position made the most sense early and Flowers should fit in nicely at right tackle, which also enables Justin Pugh to kick inside, solidifying two spots. “Big Blue” then traded up for the top spot on Day 2 to land Collins, who will step in as a Day 1 starter at strong safety. Meanwhile, Odighizuwa should push to be part of the rotation on the defensive line.
Best Value: Collins was talked about as a potential top-15 pick earlier in the process but tumbled due to a perceived lack of coverage skills. For a team that came into the draft with Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe at the position, however, Collins looks like Ronnie Lott.
Questionable Call: Thompson lacks the strength to be an NFL safety and often takes poor angles as a tackler.
Grade: General manager Jerry Reese got really good value with is first three picks before tapering off a bit. Give him a B+