By: Marco Imperati | Featured Columnist
We are finally here…one of the most important NFL Drafts for the New York Giants in recent history. Every year is crucial in regards to what the draft does for an NFL roster. This is specifically important for the Giants because the team will look to build upon the last two solid drafts, not to mention last year’s mega hit in Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
A little over 12 hours away, here’s the group I have narrowed in on for the #9 overall pick.
Trae Waynes CB, Michigan State: The Giants lost Prince to a season ending injury last year. Dominique Rodgers Cromartie battled injuries all year last year. Trumaine McBride is slated to be the 3rd CB this season. Waynes is the best CB in the draft and fits in nicely immediately and down the line.
Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa: There are needs on the offensive line and Scherff can come in from day one and start at guard. A smart, tough as nails player who does not miss time. Scherff mirrors what the Cowboys saw in Zack Martin last year.
Ereck Flowers, OL, Miami: Only 20 years old and lead the combine in bench presses, however that’s not why you draft him with the number 9 overall pick. He projects to be a tackle down the line but can step in day one and be a physically mauling guard. Rumors are swirling that the team has met with him several times before the draft and at his pro day.
Devon Parker, WR, Louisville: I think Parker is a lot closer to the top two WR’s (Kevin White and Amari Cooper) that is being discussed. He is pro ready and bounced back from a foot injury to have a monster year at Louiville and that was after losing his quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater a year earlier. This seems like a trade down possibility.
Andrus Peat OT, Stanford: Last year OBJ creeped into the conversation late in the pre draft process. Peat is your 2015 late riser. About as pure of a tackle that there is in the draft. At 21 years old, Peat could start at right tackle if Justin Pugh moves into guard. Again looking down the line, this pick could afford the luxury of moving away from Will Beatty a year from now and giving the Giants a young, inexpensive offensive line for a few years.