The New York Giants made a huge leap in 2016, leaving behind consecutive 6-10 seasons in 2014 and 2015 and rising to second place in the NFC East with a 12-4 record.
The Giants are in position to make another playoff run in 2017, but there are some glaring needs that cannot be ignored. If New York want to progress past the Wild Card round, they need to add new pieces to last year's 25th ranked offense. Did the Giants find any of those pieces in this year's draft? These are the New York Giants draft picks, in order, in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Round 1, #23: Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Round 2, #55: Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
Round 3, #87: Davis Webb, QB, California
Round 4, #140: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
Round 5, #167: Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State
Round 6, #200: Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Did They Fill Their Needs?
The Giants needed to address their porous offensive line and their weak running game heading into the draft, but they could also use a complete tight end and another defensive end opposite of Jason Pierre-Paul.
While they fulfilled most of their needs, some picks were a bit questionable. Thier first round pick of Engram was a surprise, but he will make an immediate impact on the team.
Many of the players the Giants were eyeing in the draft were off the board when it was time for their pick, but Engram fills one of thier needs and gives Eli Manning another weapon in the passing game. While he is explosive in the passing game, Engram needs to improve on his blocking. The Giants really needed a complete tight end, but Engram isn't the worst pickup. The Giants are very fortunate to have another reliable pass catcher on thier roster.
Another player who will have an immidate impact on the team is defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants needed another defensive tackle with the departure of Johnathan Hankins and Tomlinson will be the perfect replacement. He will be complimentary player alongside Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison and will help contribute to one of the best running defenses in 2016.
The rest of the Giants picks will play mostly backup roles, like quarterback Davis Webb. He'll be Manning's backup, no doubt, but he could be his replacement in the future.
Depending on when Manning decides to retire, Webb will have a good amount of experience with Manning and will have picked his brain enough to become the Giants next starting quarterback. However, the Giants are built to win now and their third round pick could have gone to a player that will help the team out now. It's hard to call this a waste of a pick, but maybe the Giants could have held off on a young quarterback for a little longer.
Waybe Gallman is another backup player, but he gives the Giants some depth at the running back position. Gallman will be the perfect physical complement to the speedy Paul Perkins. The Giants will also have Shane Vereen catching passes out of the backfield and Orleans Darkwa in reserve, giving the Giants a few options in the run game, which they so desperately need. The Giants will also have another rotational player in defensive end Avery Moss. Moss is a versatile player who can play inside or outside and will be in the mix of Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa and Romeo Okwara. Hopefully for the Giants, Moss will develop into something more than just a rotational player and make more of an impact for the team.
The Giants final pick of the draft, Adam Bisnowaty, fills out the last of the Giants problem positions. Bisnowaty is a versatile lineman who can play left or right tackle, a position the Giants desperately needed help with, and can even kick in to play guard if necessary. However, the Giants view him as more of a tackle and will throw him into the mix of linemen and have them compete for the starting position.