Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs 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:
|23||TE||Evan Engram||Ole Miss|
|167||EDGE||Avery Moss||Youngstown State|
Best Value: RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson
Gallman runs hard and is a hammer when attacking the line of scrimmage and tacklers. Fighting through contact, Gallman gets the most of his carries and brings a high level of physicality. He reads his blocks well and knows how to find space. He will need to “stay the course” better in the NFL, as sometimes he gets too greedy and will ignore an easy three yards in a search for more space. That will get him in trouble at the next level.
Gallman also has significant work to do as a pass protector, as he lacks technique in his ability to break down, use his hands, and absorb rushers. Gallman has some starter qualities, but his non-compact rushing style and average feet temper my excitemet for him as a high level starter.
Worst Value: QB Davis Webb, Cal
Webb is a classic pocket-passer with the arm to push the ball to any part of the field, but he needs to improve in several areas, primarily accuracy and decision-making. Webb is a system quarterback that isn’t as efficient as he needs to be, leaving concerns regarding his ability to master the system. His ball placement is inconsistent and contingent on the pocket being clean around him. Coming from the Cal and Texas Tech systems, there are going to be elementary concepts that Webb will have to grasp, like getting in and out of the huddle and taking snaps from under center.
Webb profiles as a developmental quarterback and eventual backup in the model of Derek Anderson.
Could Surprise: EDGE Avery Moss, Youngstown State
Originally committed to Nebraska as a dual-sport athlete (basketball and football), Avery Moss’ Cornhuskers career came to a premature end when he was dismissed from campus. Moss followed head coach Bo Pelini to Youngstown State and emerged in his tremendous senior season playing opposite of Derek Rivers. Moss has outstanding length and big
hands, both of which he uses effectively.
Against the run, Moss does well to play with active hands and lock out his arms to set the edge. His functional strength enables him to maintain his run fits. He can also quickly dispose of blocks and work to the football. Moss has pass rushing upside, with the natural burst and flexibility to challenge the corner. His hands are again active, but his pass rush plan and ability to string together moves both need development. He moves well to the sideline and plays with a good motor.
Moss projects best as a 4-3 defensive end with eventual starter upside.