There is more to the offseason for the New York Giants than just a quarterback taken in the first round.
While all the headlines and analysis has and likely will continue to swirl around the selection of Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in last month’s NFL Draft, the Giants did far more in the draft than merely selecting Eli Manning’s heir apparent. It has been a pretty good offseason for the Giants, all things considered.
And a draft that could pay dividends well beyond the big names taken early.
Pat Shurmur speaks to the media and shares his thoughts on Daniel Jones, Dexter Lawrence and DeAndre Baker.
There were difficult decisions to be made by the Giants, including the trading of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and having to let safety Landon Collins go in free agency. The additions that the Giants have brought in have made the team better according to Mike Tannenbaum.
A former general manager of the New York Jets and recently an executive with the Miami Dolphins, Tannenbaum has a strong track record throughout his career in both the draft and free agency. He likes the Giants draft, and that goes beyond the selection of Jones.
“I really like Deandre Baker, I thought he was a good man-to-man corner in the SEC,” Tannenbaum told MSGNetworks.com about the Giants first round pick at cornerback, a selection they obtained in a trade on the first day of the draft. “Good man-to-man skills. He’s somebody that should come in and probably start right away.”
Tannenbaum is currently working as an analyst for ESPN.
The selection of Baker was part of a draft where the Giants had three first round picks, including the aforementioned trade to get into the backend of the first round to select the former Georgia cornerback. Tannenbaum likes the mentality and their haul of young talent. “When you assess their draft, they were able to get three starters right away.”
He also sees the Giants as having done well beyond the first three picks. There is a natural replacement, he says, for defensive end Olivier Vernon who the Giants traded this offseason to the Cleveland Browns.
Oshane Ximines, a third-round pick out of Old Dominion, becomes the first player drafted from his college. He put up some strong numbers at ODU, including 33 sacks and 55 ½ tackles for a loss during his college career.
Tannenbaum, who drafted the likes of defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, nose tackle Kenrick Ellis and former Giants nose tackle Damon Harrison, sees the selection of Ximines as a natural fit along the Giants defensive line. The Giants needed help along the defensive line coming into the draft and Ximines is a pick that Tannenbaum thinks will pay dividends.
“I like that pick, he’s a developmental pass rusher,” Tannenbaum said.
“Obviously Old Dominion is not a football hotbed, I thought he had a good offseason. I don’t think he comes in from Day 1 and replaces ‘OV’ but he’s a young developmental pass rusher that I thought had a diverse skill set. I thought where they got him there was good value.”