With only two weeks left until the NFL draft kicks off, here's a look at how the Giants might use their 12 picks:
First round (6th overall) - DE/LB Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
His size (6-6, 260) had always intrigued NFL scouts, but he really vaulted into the Top-10 conversation with a terrific performance during Senior Bowl week. Then, when he set a record for defensive linemen with a 4.41 in the 40 at the combine, some thought he'd jump into the Top 5. He certainly could. He's a terrific run-stopper who had 22.5 sacks over the last two seasons. He may seem tall for a 3-4 linebacker, but so was Hall of Famer Jason Taylor and that worked out well. Sweat would immediately replace Olivier Vernon in the Giants' lineup and could be the boost to their sagging pass rush that they so desperately need.
First round (17th overall) - OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Yes, that's right, no quarterback. I'm not saying that's the right decision, or that they won't do something about that position now (i.e. trade for Josh Rosen). But the longer this process goes, the more it feels like last year where they don't have a consensus or a "love" for any of the top quarterbacks. And if they did, they'd take him at No. 6. Why risk waiting 11 more picks if they were sold that someone was their next franchise quarterback? Most people think four are going in the Top 20, so it's at least possible all four will be gone by now. Also, the Giants seem comfortable with Eli Manning returning in 2020 if necessary and punting their quarterback decision until next year's draft, so they're not going to force it. Meanwhile, they still need offensive line help and the 6-4, 329-pound Ford is the kind of Hog Molly that Dave Gettleman will love. He can play both guard and tackle and figures to be an immediate starter at right tackle. Considered nasty and tough, he could help set the Giants' line up for years.
Second round (37th overall) - WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
Their top three receivers are all 5-11 or smaller, and that's been a trend - and a problem - for the Giants for years. Pat Shurmur may think he can make it work with those weapons, but they need a bigger receiver they can develop, too. Harry is 6-2, 228 with 4.5 speed and known for being able to come down with the ball in tight coverage. The Giants haven't had an outside target like that in years, and he's the kind of weapon Eli Manning desperately needs.
Third round (95th overall) - S Jaquon Johnson, Miami
He checks all the boxes except for size (5-10, 191). He can play either safety position, he's a team leader, a smart player and can be a special teams star. He probably needs a year to really develop as a potential starter, so he can sit behind Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea, and even Michael Thomas for now. There is a lot of potential, though, that he has the skills to be an NFL starter in a few years.
Fourth round (108th overall) - DE Austin Bryant, Clemson
You can never have enough pass rushers, right? And this 6-4, 271-pounder had 8.5 sacks in each of the last two seasons. He's not great against the run, so he might end up being a situational pass rusher, at least at the start of his career. He had enough production, though, that it's clear he could carve out an NFL role for himself in the right defense.
Fourth round (132nd overall) - LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
A very productive inside linebacker in college who was a four-year starter. The 6-foot, 230-pounder isn't blazing fast, but he's smart and has a nose for the football (10 career interceptions). He could even be a help in covering tight ends. He could end up being a valuable depth player at a position where the Giants always need help.
Fifth round (142nd overall) - C Lamont Gaillard, Georgia
He could use to add a few pounds (6-3, 305), but he is big enough and is known as a tough, nasty player. He was also a team leader and captain for the Bulldogs. The Giants will look at this three-year starter as someone who needs work, but they can't be comfortable with the combination of Jon Halapio and Spencer Pulley at center long term. And if they are, Gaillard still could have a future at guard.
Fifth round (143rd overall) - CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State
He has track-star speed, inconsistent skills, and not-ideal size (5-11, 193). He also suffered a partially torn pec while doing the bench press at the combine. Assuming he's healthy, his speed alone gives teams a lot to work with. And he can play special teams while he's getting a chance to prove he can play defense, too.
Fifth round (171st overall) - RB Bryce Love, Stanford
Yeah, the Giants are pretty set at this position with Saquon Barkley, but he needs a backup and the Giants' new regime has never seemed sold on Wayne Gallman. The 5-9, 200-pound Love projects as a part-time player in the NFL anyway and he can be an explosive weapon when used correctly. Surely, Shurmur, who loves to use running backs in the passing game, can find creative ways to get him involved a few times per game.
Sixth round (180th overall) - DT Chris Slayton, Syracuse
His size (6-4, 307) is ideal for the position, but he wasn't a very productive college player. He's got potential and maybe the Giants will find a way to get the most out of his talent. They need depth, though, and he can provide that, while learning how to play in the NFL.
Seventh round (232nd overall) - LB Gary Johnson, Texas
A little too small at 6-foot, 226, but his 4.4 speed makes up for that, and so does his aggressiveness. If he can get a little stronger he can eventually crack the rotation on the inside. In the meantime, he's got the speed to be a real asset on special teams.
Seventh round (245th overall) - OT William Sweet, North Carolina
If Gettleman is still looking for long-term Hog Molly projects at this point, he'll be tempted by this 6-6, 313-pound prospect. His size makes him a future tackle, but his skills need a lot of refining. He's slow and awkward, but some of that may be due to his recovery from a knee injury in 2017. If he's healthy, there could be something to work with, even if it's for a year on the practice squad.