Gettleman Drawing a Straight “Line” to the Future
Written- by Alexander George
A lot has been said by various football sports analysts and fans about the New York Giants either selecting Saquon Barkley, the running back from Penn State, or the U.S.C. quarterback, Sam Darnold, who is the only one of the top four in the position exclusively talked about by the Giants organization, in this year’s NFL draft. But there is another school of thought to consider. General manager Dave Gettleman has made it a priority for the Giants this year to fortify both the offensive and defensively lines of this team. Three of the four projected draft picks listed below reflect Gettleman’s goal for this season and hopefully beyond. These players will add not only depth to their respected positions but will also be the building blocks for the next generation.
Here are the picks:
Round 1, 2nd pick – Bradley Chubb (DE) – North Carolina State
With the recent trade of Jason Pierre – Paul last month, the pick of Bradley Chubb would fill the vacated spot perfectly. Along with his ability to pass rush effectively, Chubb can also defend against the run as well making him an all-around complete player. Chubb’s senior year at N.C. State is actually Pro-Bowl worthy. In 12 games, he had 72 tackles, with 23 tackles for loss of yardage, 10 sacks for 66 yards, 2 passes defended and 1 forced fumble. The Giants may find their Hall of Fame, yellow jacket recipient in Bradly Chubb.
Round 2 , 34th pick – Sony Michel (RB) Georgia
A seasonal 1,000 yard rusher is desperately needed on the New York Giants. Sony Michel can get the Giants those thousand yards. As evident in his senior year (14 games, 1,227 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns), Michel can pile on the yardage with quick bursts of speed and has a good eye for openings on the field. He can also dominate an entire game by himself if needed. In the Rose Bowl this past year, he was named offensive player of the game with 181 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Keep in mind that Michel does have the ability to pick up defensive blitz schemes effectively which the Giants would want in a running back. Given the right tutelage , Michel’s blocking capabilities can be a worthy addition of protection for quarterback Eli Manning.
Round 3, 66th pick – Frank Ragnow (C) Arkansas
If it was not for the desperation the Giants have in acquiring a franchise running back, you can make the case for Frank Ragnow to be selected in the 2nd round.
The New York Giants are extremely thin in this position. Their current starter, Brent Jones, has only signed for a 1 year deal and last year’s starter, Weston Richburg was lost to the 49ers in free agency. The back – up center, Jon Halapio, is actually a guard. Enter Frank Ragnow! He would work well with guard Patrick Omameh opening up those running lanes for Sony Michel to run through. The best asset of acquiring Ragnow though is that he can play a guard position as well, which the Giants organization would love to have that versatility at their disposal.
Round 3 , 69th pick – Braden Smith (OG) Auburn
Braden Smith is known for his excellent blocking capability to the degree that he won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC’s top offensive lineman. Also noted is his durability. Smith had a streak of 41 consecutive games in his college career. He knows his position well enough that the New York Giants can insert him into the starting lineup against the Jaguars in week 1 of the NFL season. As with any Giants lineman picked, Smith can be used as an emergency starting tackle as well.