If you are not already aware of the site fanspeak.com, it is a cool site for NFL draft enthusiasts. For free you can run mock drafts for your team picking against other teams. I recently ran mock drafts for the Giants using each of the various 14 big board sources. I actually ran 15 drafts as I repeated one. Here are my results by round showing the player picked, the round, the number of times chosen and a gross percent to give an indication of amount chosen to compare to other players in that round. The rounds were an average so that is why there is a round three even though the Giants do not have a pick in round three. The Giants pick at number six in the draft. Their major team needs are quarterback, offensive line, edge rusher and linebacker. This is followed by secondary, interior defensive line and wide receiver.
Best player available coincides with Giant team needs for an edge rusher or a tackle. If both were gone then Ed Oliver was too good to pass up on.
As reported by PFF Jonah Williams did not allow a single sack during the regular season and gave up only 9 pressures. He was a 2018 unanimous All American.
Josh Allen did not miss a game in his four year career. He swept the 2018 national defensive player of the year awards (Lott, Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik). That was accomplished only one other time since the inception of the Lott Impact Trophy in 2003.
Ed Oliver made All-AAC First Team for three consecutive years, the only 2018 AAC player to do so.
Kyler Murray had the most 20+ yards passing plays in the FBS. For quarterbacks with 226+ passing attempts he had the second highest percentage of 20+ yard plays to attempts with 19.1%.
Jaylon Ferguson ranked first in sacks, sack yards and sacks per game. He was second in tackles for loss (TFL), TFL yards and TFLs per game. Ferguson was the 2018 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and made All C-USA First Team each of the last three seasons.
The Giants do not have a round three pick but these averaged out to round three.
Will Grier was second in passing yards per game, third in passer rating and fourth in passing yards per attempt. For quarterbacks with 12+ passing touchdowns Grier was second in touchdowns per game. Grier had the fourth most passing plays of 30+ yards, For quarterbacks with 226+ passing attempts Grier had the fifth highest percentage of 30+ passing yard plays and third best among draft prospects.
Over the last two seasons Juan Thornhill has made the All-ACC team at safety (2018 First Team) and at cornerback (2017 Third Team). Thornhill came close to hitting market share thresholds of 6% solo tackle, 25% interception and 15% passes defended for each of the last three years. In 2016 and 2017 he made it but in 2018 missed only for passes defended with 11%.
The Giants have three picks in round four.
Linebacker T.J Edwards made the 2017 AP All America Team. A four year starter he played in 53 games with 52 starts at inside linebacker. He is one of only eight players over the last ten years that had a career 10+ interceptions, 15+ passes defended ad 200+ solo tackles. He was the only one who played in 2018 that met that criteria.
Guard Ben Powers made the 2018 All Big-12 First Team and was a 2018 Consensus All American. He was one vote short of the five needed to be a unanimous All American. Powers did not give up a sack in 2018 and had allowed only one sack in 2016. He has been a three year starter at Oklahoma. Powers was one of five offensive linemen named as semi-finalists for the 2018 Outland Trophy.
Offensive Lineman Max Scharping has allowed one sack over the last three seasons. He accomplished that with 53 consecutive starts over the last four years. Scharping has made the All MAC First team each of the last three seasons. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons Pro Football Focus ranked him first in pass-blocking efficiency. That is a measure of pressures allowed versus snaps in pass protection. A 100 is a perfect clean slate in pass protection. Scharping had a 98.9 in 2016 and a 99.2 in 2017.
In 2018 Quarterback Brett Rypien made 49% of his passing third down attempts. That was second best among 25 top draft eligible quarterbacks and second only to Kyler Murray. His 14 passing plays of 40+ yards was tie for tenth in the FBS. Among draft eligible quarterbacks with 226+ passing attempts Rypien was eighth in percentage of attempts that went for 40+ yards. Pro Football Focus rated Rypien as the Mountain West best passer under pressure with a passer rating of 97.2.
The Giants have three picks in round five.
Wide Receiver Preston Williams and Andy Isabella were the only two draft eligible receivers that had 2018 market share numbers above 31.3% reception market share, 35.9% receiving yardage market share and 42.3% touchdown market share. Williams is third in the nation in receptions (96) and receiving touchdowns (14). He is fourth in the nation in receiving yards (1,345). Williams is 2018 All-Mountain West First-Team. Half of his twelve games were 100+ receiving yard games. He was on the Colorado State track and field team. Williams made the 2017 All Mountain West team for the triple jump and was the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Men’s Field Athlete of the Week (2/21/17).
After a redshirt freshman season Safety Mike Edwards never missed a game in his four years playing at Kentucky. He played in 51 games and had 44 consecutive starts. Over the last four seasons only linebacker TJ Edwards and Safety Mike Edwards had a career 150+ solo tackles, 10+ interceptions and 15+ passes defended.
Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven was one of four finalists for the 2018 Lott Impact Trophy. He was 2018 Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. Ben Burr-Kirven is number one in the nation in total tackles (165) and eighth in forced fumbles (4). His 85 solo tackles was fifth in the nation. Here is a query from sports-reference of college players that have had a minimum 90 solo tackles, 2 interceptions and 4 passes defended in a single season.
For running backs with 1,000+ yards Darrell Henderson had the second best average rushing yards (8.9) in 2017 and the best in 2018 (8.9). In 2018 he had the most rushing plays of 20+, 30+, 40+, 50+ and 60+ yards. He averaged 9.5 yards from scrimmage which was tie for second best among running backs. Henderson had the second most touchdowns from scrimmage with 25 and second most rushing touchdowns with 22.
Quarterback Ryan Finley made 48.6% of his third down conversion attempts. Of the top 25 draft eligible quarterbacks examined that was second best topped only by Kyler Murray. Finley excels in the intermediate passing game and had the fifth most passing plays in the FBS for 10+ and 20+ yards.
Guard Beau Benzschawel was All Big-10 First Team each of the last two seasons and was a 2018 Consensus All-American. He has made 49 consecutive starts. He is regarded as a people mover and a mauler in the run game playing with power. Benzschawel was part of a unit that led the Big Ten in rushing and ranked No. 6 nationally. He shared Wisconsin 2018 Offensive Player of the Year Award with fellow lineman Michael Deiter.
Offensive Lineman Martez Ivey made the All-Sec Second Team for each of the last three seasons. In the run game Ivey is said to be a mauler. Florida ranked in the top 15% in the nation in yards per rush attempt (5.3 yards) and the top 17% in rushing yards per game (215 yards).
The Giants have one pick in round six.
Cornerback Montre Hartage made the 2018 All Big-Ten First Team (media) and Third Team (coaches). He is a three year starter at cornerback. Hartage is number nine in passes defended among FBS active career leaders with 39 and tenth for interceptions with ten. For the combined 2016 and 2017 seasons quarterbacks had the third lowest passer rating (61.0) when targeting Hartage among secondary players as per Pro Football Focus.
Linebacker Khalil Hodge was 2016 All-MAC Second Team and 2018 All-MAC First Team. Hodge was second in the nation in 2017 for total tackles. For the 2017 season Pro Football Focus had Khalil Hodge as the second best cover linebacker with a quarterback rating of 39.4 when quarterbacks targeted Hodge.
The Giants have two picks in round seven.
Fullback Alec Ingold is a team captain and received the 2018 team Offensive Impact Player of the Year Award. In 2018 he had 26 rushing attempts, averaged 5.5 yds/attempt and had 6 rushing touchdowns. That amounts to a score every 4.3 times he touched the ball. He had another receiving touchdown and averaged 18.6 yards for his five receptions. He is a willing and capable blocker. Ingold helped block for running back Jonathan Taylor who was the only back to have over 2,000 yards rushing in 2018.
Cortez Broughton was 2016 All AAC Second Team and 2018 All AAC First Team. Broughton was selected to Pro Football Focus 2018 All AAC First Team , and per PFF – “Broughton turned a solid 2017 season into a massive 2018 campaign as he led AAC interior defensive linemen with 34 total QB pressures.” Broughton had 18 tackles for loss in 2018 which was the second most among defensive tackles.