With the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select…
6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat EDGE | Mississippi St.
General manager Dave Gettleman has a plan, at least that’s what Giants fans are hoping. In an offseason where New York allowed safety Landon Collins to walk during free agency and then traded its star wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. and steady pass-rusher, Oliver Vernon, to Cleveland, fans are left wondering wtf? Now, it’s not like the Giants didn’t make any moves to help stop some of the bleeding. They did go out and sign veteran safety Antoine Bethea, wide receiver Golden Tate and edge Markus Golden to try and make up for what they lost. They also picked up guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers and an extra first round pick (#17 overall) from that trade with the Browns. The big problem that still remains is that the Giants have a 38-year-old quarterback on the downside of his career, taking snaps.
New York selected running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in last year’s draft when quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were all still on the board. After a record-breaking season which led to an Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, I think the Giants and their fans are pretty happy with that pick. Now a year later, the Giants are in a very similar predicament. With the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft the Giants could have the opportunity to select Ohio State (and New Jersey native) quarterback Dwayne Haskins or Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. However, the feeling around the league is that the Giants may again decide to bypass addressing the quarterback position at the top of the draft. Let’s face it, Gettleman’s philosophy is to try and draft gold jacket players, and Haskins and Lock may not fit that bill. They certainly aren’t better prospects than the four quarterbacks taken within the top ten picks last year. I like the thought of Haskins to the Giants here at #6, but I equally like the thought of Duke quarterback Daniel Jones to the Giants at #17. Therefore, I think New York instead looks to upgrade its pass rush and selects Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat.
This one was a toss-up for me between Sweat and Michigan’s Rashan Gary. Despite Gary being a New Jersey native, I opted to go with with Sweat based on production and workout numbers. Sweat dominated the Senior Bowl and put up ridiculous numbers at the NFL Combine, including a record-breaking 4.41 40 yard dash for defensive linemen. With the loss of Olivier Vernon and a defense that finished second worst in the league in sacks in 2018 and third worst in 2017, the Giants need to get back to playing their kind of football, which in years past has included a dominant pass rush.