The 2017 NFL Draft is still drying on the clothesline. Nevertheless, it is never too early to take a look ahead at what the 2018 NFL Draft may have to offer.
In actuality, it is certainly much too early to care about the 2018 draft. However, not making sense and not being fun are two wildly different things. Mock drafts are fun, even if one is 11 months early. With that, taking a trip around the web reveals many experts believe the New York Giants are going to take a defensive end in the first round in 2018.
This feels weird on the surface. Defensive end is a point of strength on this team, and that shouldn’t change by next year. With contracts that are set to expire, the line, and ends specifically, are probably going to remain the strongest part of the defense through next year.
But, again, mock drafts this early are mostly baseless. This may be a case of mockers simply trying to give New York the best player available (in their eyes) at the spot they have the Giants selecting.
The spot the Giants pick is another interesting tidbit revealed here. Most folks have NY selecting somewhere in the early 20’s, meaning it will make the postseason but won’t advance very far. Not everyone agrees with that assessment though.
Onto the picks
ESPN’s Todd McShay – at pick 20, the Giants select Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell
Sports Illustrated – at pick 23, the Giants select Boston College defensive end Harold Landry
Walter Football – at pick 14 (!!), the Giants select NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb
CBS Sports – at pick 24, the Giants select Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson
SB Nation – at pick 22, the Giants select Ohio State running back Mike Weber
Outside of SB Nation, all of the highlighted mocks have Big Blue turning to the defense. Why Walter Football projects the Giants to select 14th is anyone’s guess. It still has New York addressing the defensive line. Grabbing the best player available, regardless of position, is normally the best draft strategy to have, but even if that is the case in all of these, it feels misguided. An argument could be made the defensive line is the only part of the entire team that is totally set for 2018. Lots of stuff will happen between now and then to change that picture. Even still, a lot is invested in the defensive line right now.
With that, I don’t like a pick of Mike Weber in round one either. The position should be filled admirably this year by Paul Perkins and a rotation of different skill sets around him. Unless Weber reveals himself as one of the best backs in the nation, I would rather stick with the timeshare. And if Weber does do that, he won’t be on the board at 22 anyway.
It’s early; these picks don’t matter. At least, this is what I keep telling myself.