By Eddie Castro
Tonight, many young college football stars will see their dreams of becoming a professional football player come true as many student-athletes will either make the trip to Nashville, Tennessee or stay at home with their families in hopes of hearing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell call out their names. This year, for both the Jets and Giants, the players they select they hope will be major contributors to their respective franchises.
For the New York Giants, they have sure made quite the statement as far as how they have gone about changing the culture and rebuilding their roster from scratch. In the off-season, the team decided not to sign playmaker safety Landon Collins (signed with the Redskins) and the team also traded the best defensive and offensive players in Olivier Vernon and Odell Beckham, Jr. This, of course, raised a lot of eyebrows and left many questions for Giants fans as to just what General Manager Dave Gettleman is going to do to get the Giants back to winning games once again. As the draft approaches, there are many needs “Big Blue” needs to address. The question is, just what will the team do with the No. 6 overall pick? After all, quarterback Eli Manning is approaching the end of his career so the logical pick would be to select Ohio States’ Dwayne Haskins, right? There has not been any talks from the team as far as selecting a quarterback goes, however, now is the time to start thinking about Manning’s potential successor.
As far as “Gang Green,” they made sure they used their free agent money wisely by signing a few defensive players and signing the biggest fish in the free agent class when they were able to reel in former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell, 27, gives young quarterback Sam Darnold another weapon on offense he so desperately needs. The Jets have the No. 3 overall pick and they could ultimately make the draft quite interesting should they be able to strike a deal and trade the pick for perhaps a more experienced-yet-high-profile player to add to their roster. Although the team paid big money for linebacker C.J. Moseley, this draft class is a defensive-friendly kind of class so I would say despite needing more on offense they will turn to defense if they keep the pick. The Jets need a pass rusher with Muhammad Wilkerson long gone and Leonard Williams’ future with the team up in the air, the team will hope to land Kentucky’s Josh Allen.
This will, for sure, be one of the most interesting drafts in sometime. For myself and for the Our Time Press universe, we can only hope that whatever the two New York football teams do in the draft, it will finally bring some buzz to New York football as a whole.