By Alexander George. On day two and three of the 2017 NFL Draft, New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese selected players to plug in for players who left due to free agency or due to a lack of confidence in a current player. The only exception was at quarterback. There, Reese’s timeline is likely longer as he is looking for the eventual, next generational franchise player.
The Giants went offense with their first pick and selected TE Evan Engram in the first round of the draft. Here are the New York Giants draft picks for Rounds 2 through 7 in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Round 2, Pick 55
DT Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
Drafted as a replacement to veteran Johnathon Hankins who signed with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, Dalvin Tomlinson is one of the best players in run stopping out of college. His statistics — 15 games, 62 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 forced fumble — back up this claim. Tomlinson holds blockers at the line of scrimmage and displays good upper body strength with a long arm reach that creates separation between the blocker. He does, however, possess limited pass rushing abilities. With previous ACL injuries to both knees, he’ll likely be used as a two-down player.
Dalvin Tomlinson is the perfect, compliment to Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison once Tomlinson becomes the starter.
Round 3, Pick 87
QB Davis Webb, California
Considered the eventual replacement for quarterback Eli Manning, Davis Webb eats, sleeps and breathes football. His love and passion for the game extends to his family as Webb is the son of a high school coach.
As a graduate transfer from Texas Tech to California University, Davis Webb earned All-Pac 12 honorable mentions and was awarded game MVP at the 2017 Senior Bowl. In his senior year at California, Webb ranked second in total yards completed with 4,295 and tied for the most touchdowns completed (37 passing, 6 rushing). He also holds the California record of most pass attempts (620) and completions (382) in a single season.
Webb has a trifecta of qualities any solid quarterback should have: quick release of the football; good arm strength; and, solid decision-making. Pair those basic qualities with intangibles like comfort in the pocket and the ability to scramble for the first downs, and you have a Giants organization drafting him higher than some projections indicated.
Davis Webb is a work in progress. Some inaccuracy in his throws troubles him and he is unable to drive the ball at times to his intended target. This will require Giants quarterback coach, Frank Cignetti, Jr., to teach Webb the proper mechanics needed to be a good quarterback. Webb will need to develop the confidence to throw the deep pass rather than relying on short passes, as he did in college.
Webb is expected to start as the team’s third string quarterback in his rookie year, become the back-up quarterback in his second year, and then become the starter for the Giants after Eli Manning’s current contract expires in three seasons.
Round 4, Pick 140
RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson
With back-to-back 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, Wayne Gallman is the perfect complement to starting running back Paul Perkins. Gallman also led in rushing in each of three seasons at Clemson and holds the school’s single season rushing record (1,527 yards) from 2015. With good vision and quick feet, Wayne Gallman is ear-marked to replace former Giants running back Rashad Jennings who is a free agent. Gallman is also a “jack of all trades” as he is a capable pass catcher and blocker. He comes with some issues, however. Most notably is ball security. On passing plays, like many rookies, Gallman needs to work on running more effective routes.
Even though Wayne Gallman has all-pro running back type numbers, it remains to be seen how he will be used in the Giants offense. From a fantasy football perspective, it’s wait-and-see. However, if injuries were to strike, and Gallman were to be the starter, he has the ability to be a three-down running back.
Round 5, Pick 167
DE Avery Moss, Youngstown State
Avery Moss will back-up regular defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon. Moss’ senior year statistics would easily make him the 3rd string defensive end on the depth chart (59 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles). Moss has the versatility to drop into coverage like a linebacker. His size at 6′ 3 1/4″ tall, 263 pounds is an excellent linebacker size. Moss can also be a consistent run defender. With the talent of avoiding blocks from tackles, he has the talent to be a star in the NFL. Despite the talent and physique, however, Avery Moss must still work on his strength and technique. He is good on the field. Moss was banned from Nebraska due to an indecency charge, something he openly talks about.
With confidence dwindling in Owe Odighizuwa (18 games/2 seasons) and Kerry Wynn (34 games/3 seasons), the Giants organization has high hopes for Avery Moss to leap frog over them on the depth chart during training camp.
Round 6, Pick 200
OT Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh
In a trade with the Titans, where the Giants gave up picks 2017 and 241 to move up to pick 200, the Giants selected Adam Bisnowaty. Bisnowaty earned all ACC honors for the second consecutive year at Pittsburgh. Bisnowaty, who has played 44 games at left tackle in college, has great, upper body physique and showed the toughness in college. His initial quickness and awareness of developing the play will prove invaluable in pass protection. Also, his blocking is most reliable as he can anchor himself and under most circumstances, prevent pass rushers from getting by him.
However, Bisnowaty has been beaten by the explosive, edge pass rushers, due to his lack of elite agility off the snap of the ball. Bisnowaty may be better suited as a guard, a position Bisnowaty has played before. Ourlads NFL Scouting Services has only John Gerry slated as the starting right guard. Adam Bisnowaty is positioned as the back-up to John Gerry instead of a tackle. With proper development, Bisnowtay can eventually become a starter.