Draft Grades – New York Giants
I’m going to be looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’ll also be examining overall positional value and strategy. It goes without saying that there’s an informational gap between what the teams have at their disposal and what I have. On the other hand, the great thing about being an outsider is that the informational gap often runs the other direction as well.
No. 17 New York Giants Grade: C
Justin Pugh’s selection continues the run on right tackles. (Don’t get the Jags fans started on right tackles – right tackles are awesome.) This makes quite a bit of sense if you think the Colts got value on their 5-year, $34 million pact with Gosder Cherilus. It makes less sense if you’re trying to understand why PFF’s No. 1 ranked RT, Andre Smith, couldn’t get anyone interested in poaching him from the Bengals.
Otherwise the Giants continued to focus on building the defensive line at the exclusion of all else. I rarely go with the “benefit of the doubt” card, but this approach was the driving force behind both of their recent Super Bowl titles. Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore seem like good value picks, but New York’s defense might generate more consistent performance during the regular season with occasional upgrades at LB or CB. This lack of roster balance may help explain the inconsistent year-to-year results. (Or perhaps that’s just Eli Manning.)
RotoViz writers weren’t high on Ryan Nassib’s dynasty value going into the weekend, and then the draft turned into an unmitigated disaster. The Bills unnecessarily pretended they might draft him in the top ten, and the Giants selected Nassib mostly with an eye toward future trade value. New York is loaded at RB and WR, so it was no surprise they made no fantasy-relevant moves at those positions.