New York is a funny town. Knicks fans of a certain age get misty when the Knicks win two in a row at the Garden (“Is this the year …?”). Mets fans get dreamy when any statistic compares favorably with 1986 (“Remember, they started slowly that season also …”). And Giants fans get goofy at the thought of a successful spring draft.
Besides, Saquon Barkley was drafted just two seasons ago – are we going to improve each draft now, annually? The ghost of Ron Dayne still haunts the Rt 3/Rt 120 interchange…
Giants Nation is collectively holding its breath to see whether this franchise can methodically identify its greatest needs and then actually address them through acquisition of college-proven talent.
But let’s dwell in positivity for a moment.
If you’re QB Daniel Jones preparing for your first full campaign or Barkely looking to bounce back from your injury-riddled sophomore season, you’re positively giddy. Two (count ‘em) OL’s drafted in the first three rounds – one, Andrew Thomas (1st Round, 4th overall from Georgia) is an elite pass-blocker, and the other, Matt Peart (3rd Round, 99th overall from Connecticut) is a skilled run-blocker.
For the G-Men to stick to a sensible strategy in the draft is a lot for fans to comprehend. When my therapist asked me about my greatest disappointments in life, I responded: “I’m not sure. It’s either Eli Apple or Ereck Flowers.”
Tools to help us run the ball and protect the quarterback seem like Christmas in April. Will this translate to a points-producing offense? There’s much to be discovered before we can answer that question.
We see a group of selections, also including DB Xavier McKinney (2nd Round, 36th overall from Alabama), that’s is exciting, as they say “on paper”. We’ll see how these parts work together once we get to see them “on turf”.
For now, Giants fans’ hearts are beating a little quicker. When you see us around town you may catch us staring off in the distance, dreaming of flawless footwork and busting holes in the defense. When you do, please be patient – it’s the post-Draft, pre-Camp glow, and it makes us a little goofy.