Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the New York Giants.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
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Best Value: RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson
Gallman is a player I’ll continue to grandstand for. He’s entering a backfield in New York that features another young, quality back in Paul Perkins. But Gallman’s skill set is more well rounded and should allow him to get touches in any game situation.
Gallman lacks high end burst or twitch but knows how to navigate runs between the tackles. His effectiveness is pressing into the line of scrimmage with patience. Take that patient style and add effective receiving skills and you have a nice player at a great rate.
Worst Value: DT Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
Tomlinson is a solid player but not one that I would have tabbed as an option on Day 2. Tomlinson didn’t get frequent opportunities to showcase anything other than gap control with consistency as a starter at Alabama, so I have some questions about his ability to play on all downs.
The Giants did lose Jonathan Hankins to the Colts in free agency this off-season; so finding another big body on the interior felt like it was a priority to the team. But the value of a pick in the 50s wasn’t there.
Could (Should) Surprise: TE Evan Engram, Mississippi
How does a first round pick surprise? For starters, I think Engram is a player primed for a lot of chunk plays. He’s polished, runs clean routes and is going to be a mismatch nightmare on a team that currently boasts Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall on the boundary.
That figures to produce a ton of one on one looks for Engram, one of the surprise picks in the first round. The Engram pick should prove fruitful in very little time for the Giants.