Here is my projected post-draft NY Giants Team Starters for 2019. With each player I show a group of players that have had similar production success as the Giant starter. The group is based on a query of similar recent success for the seasoned players or first year(s) success for the new players. (The groups shown can be scrolled to the right to see all data)
Quarterback: Eli Manning
Eli is a two time Super Bowl MVP, one of only five multiple MVP winners. He had one of the best years of his career in 2018. Here we see the quarterbacks in 2018 that had a 65+% completion percent, passing yards of 4,000+, interceptions of less than 15 and yards per pass attempt of 7+ yards.
Running Back: Saquon Barkley
Barkley was the 2018 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and made the 2018 NFL All-Rookie Team. Here we see players over the last five seasons that had 600+ Receiving Yards and 1200+ Rushing Yards.
Wide Receivers: Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate
Shepard made the 2016 NFL All Rookie Team. Shepard and Tate are among the top productive and efficient receivers in the league. Here we have for receivers over the last three seasons the count of their seasons that had 600+ Receiving Yards, a 10+ yards per reception average and a Catch Percentage of 60+%. we are only showing those that met that for each of the three seasons.
Tight End: Evan Engram
Engram made the 2017 NFL All Rookie Team. He is a productive receiver. Here we have tight ends that over the last two seasons had a total of 1,000+ Receiving Yards and averaged 50+ Receiving Yards per Game.
Fullback: Elijhaa Penny
Penny was the seventh highest graded starting fullback in the league in 2018. This is based on Pro Football Focus player grades and the snap counts for fullbacks from Football Outsiders. He is reputed to be a strong blocker and last year he had a catch percentage of 89% for eight receptions. Here we see the top running backs by catch percent in 2018 for a minimum of 5 receptions.
LT Nate Solder – 1st Round pick 2011 by Patriots; 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team
LG Will Hernandez – 2nd Round pick 2018; 2018 NFL All-Rookie Team
OC Jon Halapio – In 2017 started six games at right guard. In the 2017 season finale he earned a game ball when Orleans Darkwa rushed for 154 yards. Halapio moved to center for 2018 and was playing well before injured for the season.
RG Kevin Zeitler – 1st Round pick in 2012 by the Bengals. 2012 NFL All Rookie Team.
RT Chad Wheeler (TBD) – The Giants have signed Viking tackle Mike Remmers and drafted George Asafo-Adjei. However this job is Wheeler’s to lose but is open to the competition. “Chad, right now, is starting off as the first right tackle, and it’s up to him to hold the position. It’s up to everybody else to beat him out.” – OL Coach Hal Hunter.
Defensive End: BJ Hill
As a rookie Hill played on 59% of the defensive snaps and had some impressive numbers. Here we see over the last ten seasons all the rookie defensive linemen that had 45+ Tackles, 30+ Solo tackles, 5+ tackles for loss and 2+ passes defended.
Nose Tackle: Dexter Lawrence
Lawrence made the ESPN true freshman All-America team and was named ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016. In his next two years he made the ACC All Conference First Team both years. At 342 lbs Lawrence is the second heaviest player on the Giants beat out by only 3 lbs by new guard Alex Droogsma. After Lawrence the next player is 15 lbs less.
Defensive End: Dalvin Tomlinson
Tomlinson made the 2017 NFL All Rookie Team. Here we look at defensive linemen that over the last ten years had 50+ Tackles, 25+ Solo Tackles and 1+ Tackles For Loss in each of their first two years.
OLB Markus Golden
In his final year in college Golden was the Citrus Bowl MVP. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft by the Cardinals. Here we look at all players over the last 10 years that had 10+ quarterback hits, 20+ Solo Tackles Tackles, 4+ Tackles for Loss and 4+ Sacks in each of their first two years. Golden tore his ACL in 2017 after four games and was out for the season. His 2018 season on the Cardinals was okay and it remains to be seen if he can return to his pre-injury form.
OLB Lorenzo Carter
At the 2018 NFL Combine Carter finished 1st among edge rushers in the broad jump, second in the forty and third in the vertical jump. Here we look at all rookies over the last 10 years that had 4+ Passes Defended, 30+ Solo Tackles , 5+ Tackles For Loss and 10+ Quarterback Hits.
ILB Alec Ogletree
Ogletree was a first round selection in the 2013 NFL draft by the Rams. He made the 2013 NFL All Rookie Team and was a 2016 All Pro Second Team selection. Here we look at the number of linebackers that for each of the last three seasons had 90+ Tackles, 50+Solo Tackles, 3+ Tackles for Loss and 3+ Quarterback hits.
ILB B.J. Goodson
After not seeing much activity his rookie year, Goodson was named the starting inside linebacker in 2017 and 2018. He saw 34% of the defensive snaps in 2017 and that increased to 47% in 2018. Here we look at linebackers that over the last two seasons had 50+ Tackles, 35+ Solo Tackles, 3+ Tackles for Loss and 2+ Passes defended for each of the two seasons. Both Goodson and Ogletree make the list with only 25 other NFL linebackers.
|43||Kyle Van Noy||2-40||2017||2018||NWE||2|
CB Deandre Baker
Winner of the 2018 Jim Thorpe Award; AP First Team All-SEC; A two and a half year starter, Baker has accumulated 82 solo tackles, 7 interceptions and 23 passes defended over three seasons. ESPN’s Todd McShay had this to say “This dude is one of the more instinctive corners I’ve evaluated in years, and he is so tough for his size”. Other evaluators have questioned his top-end speed. However he has played in most schemes, is a physical player that tackles hard, and shows good ball skills. He is considered a ballhawk in off-man and zone coverage. In 2017 Baker allowed a completion rate of just 30.5 percent.
CB Janoris Jenkins
Jenkins was a second round pick by the Rams in the 2012 draft. He made the 2012 NFL All Rookie Team and the 2016 Pro Bowl. Here we look at secondary players that have had seasons with 2+ interceptions, 5+ passes defended, 1+ forced fumbles and 25+ solo tackles over the last five years. It is sorted by number of seasons and only lists the top twelve.
SS Jabrill Peppers
Peppers won the 2016 Lott Impact Trophy and the 2016 Paul Hornung Award given to college football’s most versatile player. Peppers had seen the field at 15 different positions during his last season of college. He was a 2016 unanimous All American. As a two year player, here we look at defensive backs over the last ten seasons that had +1 interceptions, +3 Passes Defended, +40 Solo Tackles and +55 Total Tackles in each of their first two years.
|13||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||1-21||2014||2015||GNB||2|
FS Antoine Bethea
Bethea has been to three Pro Bowls in his eight year career with the last for the 2014 season. In his 13 season career he has had 10 seasons of 50+ solo tackles. That is the most seasons for all active secondary players. Here we look at active secondary players that since 2006 have had a season of 100+ solo tackles, 4+ passes defended, 3+ sacks and 5+ tackles for loss.
Kicker Aldrick Rosas
The only field goal Rosas missed last year was from 50+ yards out. Here we see kickers in 2018 that made 90+% of their kicks.
The Giants were 5-11 last year and the press has slotted the Giants in the bottom 20% of their early Power Rankings. However eight of the Giants 11 losses in 2018 were by a touchdown or less. Five of those losses were by three or less points. The Giants have eight first round selections on the projected starter team. That is tie for sixth most in the league. Six of the projected starters have made the NFL All Rookie Team in their first year. “Talent sets the stage. Character sets the ceiling,” – GM Dave Gettleman at the Combine. In researching this post over 90% of the players on this list were highly praised for work ethic and character. This Giants team has the potential to surprise the press and be a playoff contender in 2019.