NFC EAST Post Draft Breakdown
Burgundy & Gold Report Welcome back to anybody who has been following my blog and if your new to my blog, I hope you enjoy my analyses. I’ll spend the next couple weeks doing a team by team analysis broken done by division. Of course I’ll start with the NFC East because what kind of Redskins fan would I be if I didn’t?! New York Giants
The Giants surprised some fans by selecting 6’3 Ole Miss TE Evan Ingram with their first round pick. This kid looks to be a Jordan Reed clone, but more refined & faster as a rookie than Reed was coming into the league. I expect the Giants to continue to be a pass first offense and Ingram could be the tight end they’ve been missing since Jeremy Shockey. They followed up their first round selection by going defense with their second round pick, selecting Bama’s running stopping DT Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants were wise not to resign their free agent DT Hankins, who wanted $10 mil a year. I would argue that Tomlinson has more potential and will carve out his niche as a 1st/2nd down run stopper, until he refines his pass rushing skills. I had a late 1st/early 2nd round grade on Tomilinson, so the Giants got a steal with this pick. I think most of the Giants other picks were reaches, with the exception of Youngstown State’s pass rushing specialist Avery Moss. My only issue with this selection is that Moss is more of a 3-4 OLB, than a 4-3 DE/SLB. However, getting him in the 5th round was huge for a prospect that could be an asset in time. As for free agency I think selecting Marshall was one of the most underrated pickups this offseason to date. Although Marshall is 33, he still posses game changing talent at nearly 6’5 and brings some much needed experience and wisdom to the receiving core in NY. In the past, Marshall has always been the go-to receiver, but landing on a team that already has a dangerous group of pass catchers will greatly benefit him. Marshall will specialize in red zone packages and should thrive playing on the opposite side of the field that ODB. Bottom line- the Giants are in for a big year! The defense was already stacked and they were wise to bring back JPP. On offense, this team will be tough to stop with ODB, Marshall, Shepard and rookie TE Ingram. I’m predicting a 10-6 season for the Giants. I would have given them another win or two if they actually addressed their weak O-Line. Adding FA O-lineman Fluker seemed desperate to me. He was not re-signed for a reason.
So in the end Manning and company will be forced to live and die by the pass once again this year. The Giants should be in a three way battle with WAS & Philly to win 11 games, which should be enough to win the East. Why didn’t I mention the Cowboys to have repeat success? Visit my next analysis on The Burgundy & Gold Report for the details.