NEW YORK GIANTS
First-year GM Dave Gettleman stocked the trenches and found Eli Manning an elite running back. Given Manning is 37 and there were needs elsewhere, Barkley might not have been the best value on the board at No. 2, but in Gettleman’s mind he was the best player in the draft — and best prospect overall since 1998, when he gave Peyton Manning a 9.0 grade. Hernandez is a hulking guard and combined with Barkley helps establish a new identity for the offense. Of the three D-linemen, Hill’s athleticism will make him the standout rookie but Carter could close fast. McIntosh’s passrush base screams potential.
Will Hernandez finishes blocks and brings a serious mean streak to this maligned unit. Credit Gettleman for wrangling the No. 2 interior offensive lineman — behind Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson — at the top of the second round.
Kyle Lauletta could be a great value because many evaluators felt the Richmond passer would be a third-round pick after his Senior Bowl performance in January. With Manning locked in for at least another season or two, Lauletta couldn’t be in a better developmental chute.