By Jeff Moeller. The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
All has been quiet on the Giants’ draft front.
Instead of some of the anxiety that surrounded the draft in the past, there is more of a quiet confidence in the air.
The Jets have garnered and stole the majority of the headlines with their apparent choice of their new presumed franchise quarterback Zack Wilson Thursday night.
The Giants did capture the attention of the league with their offseason, free-agent shopping spree that was capped with the signings of wide receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Adoree Jackson.
They do have the 11th overall pick in the draft and can place the final touch to consolidate their lineup for the fall.
The question is do they increase a strength or solidify a potential strength? Fortunately, the Giants are at the stage where they can be greedy or practical.
Most of the predominant recent forecasts have the Giants taking Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle or Northwestern offensive tackle/guard Rashawn Slater. Fellow Bama wide receiver D’Vonta Smith– who had the early momentum — may still be available.
Michigan edge rusher Kwity Paye also has risen up the charts as a possible choice.
With either Waddle or Smith, the Giants could be on the verge of an offensive passing juggernaut with Golloday, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, John Ross, and tight ends Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph.
Waddle gives the Giants a deep-threat playmaker with speed and would form a dominant duo with the bigger Golloday. He would cut into the playing time of Shepard and Slayon, but the Giants would have the most depth in the league and a nightmare for secondary coaches.
This unit would also provide plenty of targets for quarterback Daniel Jones, who also would have Engram and Rudolph.
GM Dave Gettleman again may take the logical approach and continue to build his “Hog Millies” with Slater or possibly USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, whose stock has taken some bounds.
Slate or Tucker could pair with Andrew Thomas to give the Giants their tackle tandem for a long time. Thomas’ mid-season doubters from a year ago have dwindled, and he is recognized as a staple there.
The Giants pieced together a young line midway through last season, and there appears to be a stable presence. Second-year player Matt Peart and newly acquired ex-Texan Zach Fulton are currently penciled in at right tackle and guard respectively.
Paye wouldn’t be a longshot, as an edge rusher definitely would fill a void. Miami’s Jaelen Phillips is projected as a late first or early second-rounder, but he is regarded as one of the better all-around athletes as a pass rusher. They already do have depth there.
Gettleman’s choice will dictate where he believes his team currently stands.
He took the logical choice last year with Thomas, and certainly will be tempted to grab the more flamboyant prize with Waddle or Smith.
Either way, the Giants will draft someone who can make a worthwhile contribution to the growing positive.