At this point in the draft process, the average NFL fan knows plenty about the big names.
Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette, DeShaun Watson, O.J. Howard, and others have been talked about day in and day out.
But what about the other guys?
Pro Football Focus recently named six players the New York Giants should target via the draft, with a new blend of interesting names.
Here they are (with PFF’s analysis):
6. Garett Bolles – OT – Utah
“Garett Bolles is an absolute people-mover. The former Ute should come in Day 1 and be an upgrade to either tackle spot as a run blocker.
Only three offensive tackles finished with higher run-blocking grades than Bolles in the FBS last season, and one came from Army’s triple-option scheme.
He still has a way to go in pass protections, as he has a bad habit of over-extending himself, but even as an unfinished product, he’d likely still be an upgrade for the Giants.”
5. Zach Banner – T – USC
“Another player who is more potential than finished product at this point, Banner has serious issues with his weight at the moment, tipping the scales upwards of 350 pounds.
The crazy thing is that he can still move at that weight and be effective at times, but he’ll never be an NFL pass protector in that range. If Banner can get that under control, there is more to work with here than most late-rounders.”
4. Zach Cunningham – LB – Vanderbilt
“Cunningham is the rare downhill, thumping linebacker that can also matchup easily on tight ends and running backs in man coverage.
In 957 coverage snaps over the past three seasons, Cunningham has only allowed five passes against that went for 20 yards or more.
An every-down linebacker is just what the doctor ordered for this Giants’ defense, and while he might not fall to New York’s second-round selection at No. 55 overall, it would be a no-brainer if he does.”
3. Blair Brown – LB – Ohio
“The linebacker position is becoming more and more of a coverage one, and Brown is as proficient in coverage as you’ll see from a non-Power-5 linebacker.
Linebackers with Brown’s impressive athletic profile usually don’t hail from schools like Ohio, as any big man with athleticism seems to get nabbed up by the Power-5.
Brown, though, isn’t just an athlete, he was also PFF’s second-highest-graded linebacker in the FBS last season. His 67 total stops were the fifth-most in the nation.”
2. David Njoku – TE – Miami
“A freak athlete still learning the tight end position, Njoku would make the Giants’ receiving corps terrifying from a matchup perspective.
At 6-foo-4, 246 pounds with long arms and world-class leaping ability, Njoku is the flag-bearer for the new breed of NFL tight ends.
No linebacker wants to run with him up the seam, while no cornerback wants to defend him on a fade.”
1. Michael Roberts – TE – Toledo
“While Njoku is the new breed of tight end, Roberts is more of a throwback. He only ran a 4.86-second 40-yard dash at the combine, but he weighed in at a whopping 270 pounds and still had an impressive 7.05 second 3-cone.
Roberts makes his money on the short-and-intermediate game, as well as in the red zone, where he caught 16 touchdowns to lead the nation.
Roberts uses that immense size to gain separation at the top of routes, and then plucks the ball out of the air with ease using his monstrous 11.5-inch hands.”