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NFL Draft Mailbag: We take your questions

The NFL Draft is just one week away and the anticipation is greater than ever with the two additional weeks tacked on this year. BBB lead writer John Fennelly fields questions from readers regarding what the Giants will do with the 12th overall selection in the first round next Thursday.


James B: With all these teams looking for a QB in this year’s draft, should the Giants think about trading Eli if a team in the top 6 want him?  I know there are obstacles, but if he can bring in multiple picks especially one of the picks from 1-6, It would benefit the team plus losing Eli’s contract would help as well. Depending on the pick you could end up with (Jake) Matthews or (Khalil) Mack or even (Sammy)Watkins plus still have the 12th pick. Which if you go Watkins you may still get (Taylor) Lewan or (Eric) Ebron with the 12th and then draft OL (Jawaun) James and one of the QBs in the second.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Trading Eli is not on the table right now. First off, the Giants have no intention of trading him. Many teams would love to have him, but his contract makes him virtually untradable. He has cap hits of $20.4 and $19.75 million over the next two seasons. Second, he’s just had ankle surgery and is coming off his worst season. Third, none of the QBs in this draft are slam-dunk franchise QBs, so the Giants would be going from a 2X Super Bowl MVP to a rookie project at QB.

Tim: What are the Giants’ biggest needS besides offensive line and a big receiver?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Some will say LB, others will point to TE, DT, DE and now, with Will Hill’s status uncertain, safety. So, they’ve got some upgrading to do all across the board. This draft – like all others – will be dedicated to doing that. I see them sticking to their board and bringing in football players that will a) make their roster and b) make that roster better.

Matt: Who do you think the Giants will take with the 12th overall selection? I say LB CJ Mosley. He is good in coverage and finishes tackles. Plus him and Jaquain Williams and Spencer Paysinger will make a great coverage linebacker set while you have Jon Beason and Jameel McClain stopping the run.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants will be looking for a player that can come right in and start, and there will be plenty of them at 12. Mosley may do that on some teams, but not here. Some have him in the top 15, but the reality is he’s probably a bit overrated and a reach at 12. You have to keep in mind the Giants don’t employ their 4-3 base defense against pass-heavy teams, so burning a first round pick on a player that will only play around half the snaps doesn’t seem prudent.

Eli: Do you think the Giants would Take AJ McCarron if he available in the later rounds of the draft? it sounds like Ryan Nassib isn’t what they planned or isn’t coming about.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I don’t see it, because McCarron looks like he could go in the third or fourth round, plus the Giants are not looking to take a QB that high in this draft, at least at this time. I like him more than some of the others because of his intelligence and winning track record. He could be a steal, but the Giants have to sort out what they already have in house first before bringing in another body.

Michael: Are the Giants interested in the RB from Boston College Andre Williams?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

He’s a possibility simply because of the fact he’s from BC, where Tom coached and John Mara went to school. There’s a pretty large group of backs for them to take in the middle rounds, and he is certainly one of them, but he’s not seen as well-rounded and dynamic as some of the others.

Tom: Three receivers not getting enough attention from the Giants are Martavis Bryant Rd-2, Donete Moncrief Rd-2 and Jared Abbrederis Rd-3.   Bryant has got instant acceleration and will remind you a little of Plaxico Burress. Moncrief is a younger Nicks and Abbrederis knows how to find the holes in the defense. Do the Giants know they are on the planet?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

FYI, no one knows what the Giants are thinking about any potential draftee. These players may not be getting enough attention because most pundits aren’t really mocking past the first round or two. They are all legitimate pro material. Moncrief is the best of the three and could go in the first round. He’s been mocked to various teams, just not the Giants. That doesn’t mean they don’t have interest. The other two will find themselves probably getting a call on Saturday in Rounds 4-7.

Brandon: In my opinion Aaron Donald is the Giants best option in the first round, what do you think?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

He is a great option, in my opinion, and could be there when the Giants select. Donald is a full-service DT. He can win the battle in the trenches and also rush the passer up the middle, which is what the Giants are looking for. He would be an excellent choice at 12….but….only if all three of the big tackles and Mike Evans are gone.

Jack: If Taylor Lewan, Eric Ebron, and Mike Evans all on the board when the Giants pick, who will they take?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I don’t think all three will be available at 12. Lewan’s legal issues seem to be clearing up and he’s now ahead of Jake Matthews in a lot of mocks. Evans will probably not get past Detroit at 10. They want a compliment for Megatron, and who is better than Evans? Ebron could be there at 12, and he will be hard to pass up, I’ll admit. A great receiver but he comes with some concerns. He’s young (21) and has a tendency to pop off at the mouth according to some. He also is not seen as a complete TE. His blocking would have to improve in order for the Giants to truly use him as a weapon at TE. If all three were there, I’d take Lewan. The objective this offseason is the fix the offense and the Giants still need a franchise LT.

Angelo: If Evans, Donald, Ebron and all 3 tackles are gone, would Marquise Lee be a bad choice?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Lee is an interesting player. He had a very productive college career, but has shown some durability issues and teams (other than Detroit) don’t believe he’s a top ten pick. He would not be the best choice for the Giants at 12 and is too much of a risk to satisfy John Mara’s directive to Reese to get players that are more game-ready as rookies. Lee is still going to go in the first round, just not to the Giants.




18 comments
Eamonn Scollan
Eamonn Scollan

Hoping a franchise tackle us there at 12. Need to give Eli time for GMEN to have a shot.

James D Kimberlin
James D Kimberlin

Seriously, why is there this infatuation with wanting to trade Eli. I don't get. People are jaded about how GOOD he is. He won 2x SuperBowls, can make every pass, is Personable and not a trouble maker. Why why why .



bleedblue4
bleedblue4

And you know we don't agree on Donald, he's an excellent 3 tech but that's not what the Giants play. He fits the Tampa 2 defense I think taking Donald would blow up in their faces. 

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

You make some good points, you also give some reason's why trading Eli would e the right choice. Yes the salary and injury hurt the odds. Then again Eli is declining and if we look at Eli's career he really has had only 1 elite season. Yet he is a proven QB that Jac and Cle are dying for. I really don't see trading Eli as a bad thing. The talent that could be had in this draft is amazing. If they do trade Eli you can end up with Matthews and Dix in the first round. Or Mack and Martin, Watkins and Ebron any combination your heart chooses. Mack and trading back 3to 4 slots to 15-17 would be my choice more picks and the versatile Martin.


I truly believe with the new system that will be implemented Freeman will be ok. Especially if Finley is signed and Benjamin is taken in the second. Which I would move back into the first and grab him. Which you can get a 2nd in the Eli deal and draft a CB/S. You can fill a lot of holes with young cheap talented players which is what the Seahawks did. And trade a pick for Mallet or Cousins.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

You make some good points, you also give some reason's why trading Eli would e the right choice. Yes the salary and injury hurt the odds. Then again Eli is declining and if we look at Eli's career he really has had only 1 elite season. Yet he is a proven QB that Jac and Cle are dying for. I really don't see trading Eli as a bad thing. The talent that could be had in this draft is amazing. If they do trade Eli you can end up with Matthews and Dix in the first round. Or Mack and Martin, Watkins and Ebron any combination your heart chooses. Mack and trading back 3to 4 slots to 15-17 would be my choice more picks and the versatile Martin.


I truly believe with the new system that will be implemented Freeman will be ok. Especially if Finley is signed and Benjamin is taken in the second. Which I would move back into the first and grab him. Which you can get a 2nd in the Eli deal and draft a CB/S. You can fill a lot of holes with young cheap talented players which is what the Seahawks did. And trade a pick for Mallet or Cousins.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@James D Kimberlin Those two super bowls were a while ago. And every throw c'mon now guy Eli has had 1 elite season that's all. Stop overlying this guy, Both Super bowls had more to do with the defense then the offense. You do what is need to win, if a mediocre QB who is on the decline and making a ton of money needs to go to improve your team then so be it.


Please look at his stats and tell me how good he is. How many interceptions did he throw last year, how many in his career? Your making this guy out to be god when the truth is he is Joe Namath and that's not saying much.

James D Kimberlin
James D Kimberlin

@Bo Beck What do you think you'd be getting back? Seriously the reasons you want to trade him Older, Declining... what are you gonna get a 2nd round choice.  Every reason you can give to get Multiple 1's 2's and 3's are the very reasons you keep him!


 And who would replace him Freeman, are you kidding me, have you watched football in the last few years.


It would be the worst trade ever!

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

You mean Joe namath, the hall of famer? The one that Eli has one more ring than?

Eli may not be god or his brother but he's done more than enough to earn more respect than he gets with some entitled giants fans.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@James D Kimberlin @Bo Beck No it's the reason you get rid of him there are to many holes to fill on this team. He eat's up to much salary and is getting older. If you for one minute believe this team has a shot of beating Seattle or SF your nuts. You fill your holes become a better "TEAM".  You could get a 1 a 2 and a 4. And if you read what I wrote you'd see who I'd replace him with. Cruz and Nicks made Eli as well as Plax, just like Cruz and Randle to go along Benjamin who could also be moved to TEwould make anyone of the 2 I mentioned a good QB for this team.

spider43
spider43

@Billy Suede  .....  True. But leading the league in interceptions (and the high amount of interceptions he's thrown in the last 3 or 4 years) is reason enough for most people to be fairly critical of Eli as an "elite" QB. I believe an elite QB carries the team on his back and into the playoffs most years. Missing the playoffs 4 out of the last 5 years isn't totally all to blame on Eli, but he certainly hasn't helped either.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@spider43 @Billy Suede  pats are a bad example given the  fact their division has been abominable the last decade. one could argue the patriots could easily go 5-1 every year just playing the afc east and then remain steady against the rest of their schedule to earn a playoff spot.


i agree with you otherwise. i just balk at that faction of giants fans that lay all the blame at eli's feet. those sentiments didn't suddenly start this year. these fans always had an issue and this year gave them enough ammunition to pounce. 

spider43
spider43

@Billy Suede "you don't make the playoffs every year because as soon as you win, someone wants to get paid..."


Generally speaking, that seems to be true on the face it, but there is at least one example I can think of that proves it CAN be done (Patriots). They routinely underpay and let players walk away via free agency, yet they never have any problems attracting free agents to join their team because they win year-in and year-out. Despite winning only one Super Bowl in the Tom Brady era, they routinely make the playoffs, and THAT is a key for becoming a championship caliber team... you can't win a Super Bowl unless you make the playoffs in the first place.


Meanwhile, the Giants have missed the playoffs in 4 out the last 5 years. There's a LOT of blame to go around for the reasons behind that, and I agree that trading Eli now won't solve the problem about getting back to the playoffs. But even with Eli, we haven't been making the playoffs. It's not any one player responsible for that;  it takes a total team, coaching staff, and front office to make that happen, and the results of the last 5 years speaks for itself. The changes the Giants made this off-season reflected at least a few of the changes that were needed, but I would argue they needed more. Only time will tell whether there will be even more changes forthcoming in the next off-season. If the Giants can't make the playoffs this year, more heads should roll.

Billy Suede
Billy Suede

@bleedblue4 @Billy Suede  that's not how the nfl works in the salary cap era. you don't make the playoffs every year because as soon as you win, someone wants to get paid. just ask the steelers and the ravens. the seahawks will learn that soon enough when it comes time to pay russell. the fact of the matter is the giants won two rings in the last seven years and eli (whether you choose to accept it or not) has two mvps. everything else is background noise. 


eli has earned the chance to prove last year was a fluke given the fact he had no offensive line, no hakeem nicks for the most part and a tepid at best running game. 


if he struggles again, all bets are off after this season. furthermore, trading eli is a foolhardy move as that's pretty much a tacit admission the giants are punting  on 2014 since they'd essentially be starting a rookie quarterback or a retread like josh freeman which we know will not happen since john mara put out the mandate from reese down to coughlin. 


being a realist means dealing with the facts, not interpretation via personal bias. 



bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Skookaloop lmao another know it all, I seen your post in the past and preferred to ignore them with how ignorant they are. Not to mention seen many others call you out as well. Not to mention how many times you flip flop in what you feel.


So going any further in this discussion with " You " would be a waste of time.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@bleedblue4 @Billy Suede  

MR.BleedBlue,

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No matter How LITTLE you Know,

you can Still ENJOY the Games...........

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Billy Suede Namath made the HOF fame because of 1 super bowl that's all. Another overrated NY QB, don't believe me look at his stats. And just like Namath Eli is a decent QB at best. I never seen him as an elite QB and he isn't. Now did I say he sucked no I didn't, overrated big time.


For all of you who forget the N.Y Giants won 2 SB's not just Eli. Without the defense in both games they lose both. I want my team in the playoffs for years to come with a shot at winning SB's every year. And if trading an aging, declining QB is the way to do that then I do it. Whoever don't believe an extra 1,2 and 5 doesn't help this team fill it's holes nothing will.


They are not good enough as they stand sorry if I'm a realist they just aren't.