ALL PICKS, SIMULATIONS, AND INSIGHTS
Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame. Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech. Derwin James Florida State. How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? Here's the full list of picks the Giants hold in the draft, which will be updated as each selection is made. New GM Dave Gettleman was brought in to build on a ready-now team, and a once-in-a-generation running back can help that. The Giants now have the dynamic ballcarrier to redefine what has lately been an atrocious ground game.
New head coach Pat Shurmur did a great job in Minnesota marrying his running game and passing game. Barkley can help in both areas, and an erudite QB like Manning can check him in and out of the best plays accordingly. Evaluators told our Albert Breer that Barkley is a better prospect than Ezekiel Elliott was two years ago, and one team told Peter King that Barkley was the fifth prospect in the past 20 years to have received a perfect grade from them.
Barkley is a true workhorse back who would be a first-round prospect solely on his ability as a runner. Hernandez brings an excellent blend of movement skills and body control to a position where the Giants lacked quality starters on both the left and right side. With Hernandez, new head coach Pat Shurmur can feature more man-to-man blocking.
The Giants need someone who can rush with speed off the edge. Round 3, Pick 5 No. Dalvin Tomlinson and Damon Harrison are outstanding defensive tackles, but neither is a pure pass rusher. The hope is Hill will lend juice there, allowing Tomlinson and Harrison to rest for an additional six or seven snaps each game.