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New York Giants: 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch
- Updated: March 1, 2017
New York Giants Combine Prospects
After an 11-5 season, the New York Giants turn to the NFL Combine for more talent. Following an offseason heavily devoted to defense, the Giants were lackluster offensively. With Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings headed to free agency, New York has some big holes to fill.
Luckily for the Giants, this years draft may have the answers they have been looking for. Here are some names to lookout for in the upcoming combine that could suit the Giants well.
D’Onta Foreman – Running Back – Texas
Last year, Rashad Jennings averaged just 3.3 yards per carry and ranked twenty seventh in rushing yards. While Paul Perkins is an appealing option for the Giants, they will need another running back. With Shane Vereen available as a receiving and third down back, a spotlight is empty. Running back D’Onta Foreman ran for over 2,000 yards last season and is just waiting for an opportunity to shine. Though Foreman only caught 7 passes last year, his hands can be developed.
Deshaun Watson – Quarterback – Clemson
No matter what draft board you find, this name is bound to be somewhere near the top. Though the New York Giants have one of the top quarterbacks in Eli Manning, he is 36 years old. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had his struggles as this season began, but by midway through he was back to his old self. When it was time for the CFB Playoff, Watson came prepared. In those two games, Watson accounted for 7 touchdowns, 679 yards and just two interceptions.
Corey Davis – Wide Receiver – Western Michigan
With the departure of Victor Cruz, the New York Giants have a desperate need for a big wide receiver. At 6’3″, Corey Davis has dazzled scouts with route running, hands and has speed to match.
The Western Michigan wideout impressed last season, posting 97 receptions, 1500 yards, and 19 touchdowns.
Davis is known to be found in the end zone. If Davis pairs up with Beckham in the Meadowlands, then expect every scouting report out of New York to include a warning label.
Pat Mahomes II – Quarterback – Texas Tech
While Pat Mahomes may not be as well known as Watson, his numbers can help get you familiar. With 41 touchdowns through the air last season, Mahomes quickly jumped up draft boards. Mahomes completed nearly 66% of his passes with an adjusted QBR of 84.3 last season. However scouts have questioned Mahomes’ decision making, and rightfully so. He threw 10 interceptions last season and had 3 games in which his QBR dipped below 50.
Mahomes will need to become more consistent if he hopes to continue to play quarterback at an elite level.
O.J. Howard – Tight End – Alabama
New York Giants need a big playmaker across the middle of the field. O.J. Howard posted 45 receptions for 595 yards and 3 touchdowns last season for the Crimson Tide.
Howard is great at finding the soft spots in coverage, as well as using his burning speed to blow past unsuspecting linebackers. As if that were not enough, Howard is also well know for his blocking.
With comparison to Tyler Eifert, Eric Ebron, and Greg Olsen, Howard looks to be the most complete tight end in the draft.