It’s been a tough season for the New York Giants. There is a silver lining, as of now Big Blue will select number two overall in next April’s draft and that pick could be a game-breaker.
Now through the NFL draft next April, we will assemble data from various mock drafts. Rather than our readers chase across the internet for who the New York Giants will pick, Empire Writes Back gives you the consensus.
We will do a monthly feature through the Super Bowl and ramp up from there. The sources may change a bit from article to article, but they are solid. This month we used CBS Sports, NBC Sports, USA Today Draftwire, NJ.com, Tankathon, NFL Draft Geek, Draft Network, Walter Football, and FanSided’s NFL Mocks.
Seven straight losses have left the New York Giants 2019 season in shambles. A bad mix of injuries, mistakes, and ineffectiveness has eliminated Big Blue from the playoffs and the calendar hasn’t even turned to December yet. Their 2-9 record stands as the NFL’s second-worst. If there is a bright spot, it’s that the G-Men have the number two selection in the upcoming draft.
That pick is looking more and more like the one Big Blue made in 1981. That year, they selected an outside linebacker, who would be called an edge rusher today, Lawrence Taylor. It looks like history will repeat itself almost 40 years later.
Back in ’81, the number one overall pick was George Rodgers. The South Carolina running back and Heisman Trophy winner went to New Orleans. It wasn’t a bad pick, Rodgers led the league in rushing as a rookie. Taylor, however, became arguably the best defensive player in league history. Legendary GM George Young selected Taylor back then. Now it’s Dave Gettleman’s turn to transform a sub-par Giants team.