Oh man, did these guys have an offseason. Imagine poaching top coordinators from the Buffalo Bills (Offense), Kansas City Chiefs (Offense), and the Baltimore Ravens (Defense). All three of those units have been among some of the league’s best in the past decade, and now the Giants have a cornucopia of winners in their coach’s corner. The Giants also poached general manager Joe Schoen from the Bills and gave him a bright, young assistant general manager in former Philadelphia co-director of player personnel, Brandon Brown.
Not only did they acquire an incredible amount of talent in the coaching staff and front office, but they nailed two of their highest and most important picks since Daniel Jones. Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal were each widely regarded as favorites to go 1.1 for a while by a number of ‘pre-draft experts,’ and somehow the Giants landed both while standing pat at selections five and seven. Night one of the draft really solidified an above average grade for the Giants as a draft weekend floor. The rest of their draft and free agency was a lot less impactful than the aforementioned moves. The selection of Wan’Dale Robinson did nothing to take away any rumors of doubt in last year’s first round selection Kadarius Toney. Robinson’s selection in the 2nd round was a lot earlier than most expected, but is the first skill player of the Schoen and Daboll regime to help us understand what they want to do with the ball.
Look for rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger to develop the Dawson Knox role for Daboll, with veterans Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins behind him. The Giants have done a lot of depth work in the interior offensive line group and tight end room, but lost CB James Bradberry to a division rival. This is a team that is going from an inept coaching staff (another failed Belichick cast off) to a hand-picked collection of proven winners. Add that to a net positive roster turnover, and I can see this team going 8-9 and taking third place—or tying for second—in the NFC East.