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How the New York Giants Improved in the 2017 NFL Draft

A look around the NFC East

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After eight picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, there is plenty to get excited about the Eagles' future. However, the rest of the NFC East also took part in this deep draft and, for the most part, came away nicely. The Giants only had six selections this year, but they made a few who could be a problem early on for the rest of the NFC East.

Evan Engram

Position: Tight End

School: Ole Miss

Measurements: 6'3", 234

Key Stat: Per PFF, Engram led tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns out of the slot.

Evan Engram is not a traditional tight end due to his "diminutive size". However, with legit 4.4 speed on the field, he does not need to be a classic, inline player. Engram is a match up nightmare who can play inline, in the slot or on the outside. His speed helped him lead this tight end class in 20-yard receptions and that was as the main target at Ole Miss. Now he goes to an offense that already has Odell Beckham Junior, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. Yikes.

Dalvin Tomlinson

Position: Defensive Tackle

School: Alabama

Measurements: 6'3", 310

Key Stat: Per PFF, Tomlinson had 23 tackles go for no gain or a loss in 2016.

Dalvin Tomlinson is not a flashy player, but he played a big part in keying Alabama's awesome defense. Tomlinson is a phenomenal run defender who can eat space, fight through blocks and make a play on ball carriers. In the passing game, Tomlinson has improved in terms of making pressure, but he is rarely going to convert that to a sack. Luckily he is on a line with Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre Paul, so he probably will not need to be the main pass rusher. Tomlinson was a very savvy pick to replace Jonathan Hankins and I bet he is a surprise immediate impact defender among these rookies.

Davis Webb

Position: Quarterback

School: California

Measurements: 6'5", 230

Key Stat: Coming from a simplistic air raid offense, Davis Webb ranked 38th in the country on average depth of target.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Sorry. This is the guy the Giants want to groom behind Eli Manning? Sure he is tall, with a big arm and "looks the part" (whatever the hell that means), but there is nothing to suggest he was a very good prospect. It was funny when people were trying to tell themselves this guy was a top quarterback prospect after he was forced out of a starting job and could only win six games in the Pac-12. Webb has severe accuracy and decision making issues and though there is some raw talent, he needs a lot of work. Although, I guess that is not so different from the current guy there.

Wayne Gallman

Position: Running Back

School: Clemson

Measurements: 6', 215

Key Stat: Per PFF: Gallman forced 56 missed tackles last year despite only carrying the ball 232 times.

Gallman is just a solid running back. He is good or competent at most facets of the running back position but lacks any overwhelming traits, athletically or otherwise. Gallman is a tough runner with good vision and decent agility, but lacks the elite speed or strength to be truly dynamic. With what seems like will be a prolific Giants passing game in the works, the Giants do not need a lot from Gallman. Considering he has only fumbled four times during his 675 career carries, he represents the type of steadiness the Giants like in their backfield.

Avery Moss

Position: Edge

School: Youngstown State

Measurements: 6'3", 264

Key Stat: Accounted for 22.4% of YSU's Sack production last season which is a better figure than Jonathan Allen or Taco Charlton.

Avery Moss was a good pick for the Giants on the third day of the draft. A former Nebraska recruit, Moss had to leave a promising career wight he Cornhuskers after a shoulder injury and an off the field incident. Moss followed Bo Pelini to Youngstown State and finished his career as an All Conference selection. Moss is a solid athlete, but he is a very raw player who feasted on lesser athletes and the fact that teams were more focused on slowing his teammate, Derek Rivers. Moss has high upside and could be a rotational piece on a talented Giants defensive line, but he seems like a big project for the Giants staff.

Adam Bisnowaty

Position: Offensive Tackle

School: Pittsburgh

Measurements: 6'6", 304

Key Stat: Was the most efficient offensive tackle in the country on three step drop pass plays.

Bisnowaty has been one of the more steady offensive lineman in the country during his career at Pitt. He has good size, strength and arm length and plays with a fiery attitude. Injuries have slowed him down and it is to be seen if he can take a step towards health, but for now he looks like a phone booth player. Bisnowaty has athletic limitations, but what he does do well could really help the Giants offensive line that needs competition at both tackle spots. While Bisnowaty will never be a premier player in the league, getting him in the sixth could be a great value considering his upside to be a solid contributor.

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