NY Giants: GM Jerry Reese WR Options in the 2017 Draft
By Michael Stewart (@golferbad)
WR-Corey Davis: 6’3/205 (Western Michigan): Davis gathered 97 receptions for 1,500 yards and 19 TDS. Davis has speed, size, runs great routes, soft hands, quickness and even more dangerous once he catches the ball. He would ideal for a team that features the west coast offense (Giants) and has been compared to Denver’s WR Demaryius Thomas.
WR-Malachi Dupre: 6’3/190 (LSU): 41 receptions for 593 yards and 3 TDS in 2016 may not look impressive, however; many scouts understand that most of that came from the poor QB play and not Dupre. Dupre has all the intangibles to be a quality WR in the NFL.
WR-Damore’ea Stringefellow: 6’2/218 (Ole Miss): Stringefellow took over for Laquon Treadwell in 2016 and responded with 46 receptions for 716 yards and 6 TDs. His numbers would have been better if not for the injury to starting QB Chad Kelly. Stringfellow has that unique combination of size and speed could need a little time to fully develop into a solid WR in the NFL.
WR-Noah Brown: 6’2/218 (Ohio State): Brown caught 32 passes for 402 yards with 7 TDs for the Buckeyes in 2016. Perhaps not stats that would take notice, but scouts are as they view Brown as a possible sleeper in this draft. Brown’s unique skill set of size and quickness has many taking notice.
WR-Isaiah Ford: 6’2/187 (Virginia Tech): Ford totaled 79 receptions for 1,094 yards and 7 TDs in 2016 on a very talented offensive team at Virginia Tech. Ford has the speed to create separation from the line of scrimmage and be a threat downfield.
WR- Josh Reynolds: 6’4/190 (Texas A&M): Reynolds stock has risen over the last few weeks and is now projected in the mid rounds. Reynolds had 61 receptions for 1,039 yards and 12 TDs in 2016. Solid body frame with soft hands and speed makes a lethal combination for opposing CB’s.
WR-Jalen Robinette: 6’3/215 (Air Force): Robinette had 35 receptions along with 959 yards and 6 TDS. His combination of size and quickness are welcoming qualities for many NFL teams looking for a solid mid round WR.
WR-Chad Hanson: 6’2/205 (California): Hanson had 92 catches for 1,249 yards and 11 TDs. Hanson’s good size and strength, but lacks the separation that teams covert; which is why many scouts have him projected as a mid round pick.
WR- Ricky Seals-Jones: 6’5/235 (Texas A&M): In 2016, Seals-Jones recorded 26 receptions for 333 yards and a touchdown while dealing with some injuries. Seals-Jones could very well convert into a TE in the NFL, adding 10-15 more pounds for added strength. He does lack that speed as a WR to create separation.
WR- Travin Dural: 6’2/192 (LSU): In 2016, Dural notched 28 receptions for 280 yards with one touchdown. LSU’s quarterback problems really held Dural back once again, and he didn’t make up for that by impressing at the Senior Bowl.
WR-Chance Allen: 6’3/215 (Houston): Allen had 56 catches for 815 yards and six touchdowns this season. Allen has good hands and runs routes well and would be solid depth WR on day 3 of the draft.
WR-Zach Pascal: 6’2/214 (Old Dominion): Pascal has some fans in the scouting community as a receiver with good size and the ability to separate. The senior had 65 receptions for 946 yards with nine touchdowns in 2016 while helping Old Dominion to a 10-3 record with a bowl win. Pascal had 68 receptions for 970 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He made some contributions as a sophomore and freshman.
WR- Jehu Chesson: 6’3/207 (Michigan): Chesson recorded 35 catches for 500 yards with two touchdowns in 2016. Michigan’s passing offense wasn’t much in 2016, but that was more because of the quarterback and the play-calling.
Final Thoughts: With the recent signing of Brandon Marshall, it’s highly unlikely GM Jerry Reese will invest a draft pick in the upcoming draft for a WR. Look for the Giants to rely on Roger Lewis, Tavarres King and Darius Powe to emerge as vital depth WR’s in 2017.