The Giants offense is missing something, only the NFL draft must fill the gap.
After Odell Beckham Jr. was exchanged for the Cleveland Browns, the Giants' passersby lack a real vertical threat on the wide receiver. The offense, however, seems to be heading for even more touches as the reigning offensive rookie of the year returns behind Saquon Barkley, which will result in receivers willing and able to use blockers from outside.
Also, the current recipient of the Giants staff with natural slot receivers Sterling Shepard, who was recently signed for an extension by four years, and Golden Tate reiterate the view that the offense of head coach Pat Shurmur does not necessarily mean this deep threat needs The tip of a defense.
"His skills are like those of Sterling," Shurmur said last month during the NFL's annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz, Tate's reporters. "When we run the ball, they are dirty blockers and you can play them on the edge and in the slot, so if you throw the ball, they both did a good job producing outside and you can play both guys everywhere."
Since the Giants have more urgent requirements for quarterback, pass-rusher, right-tackle and cornerback as wide receivers, it's unlikely that any of the team's first three picks will be used for similar players by DK Metcalf, N & # 39; Keal Harry or AJ Brown in the first or second round of the draft later in the month.
The Giants' Reception Corps tends toward a particular player's profile at the position, so the point of the draft is that they press the trigger when adding broad receiver, here's a look at four sleepers of this class who seem to fit the profile of Shurmur's scheme:
Terry McLaurin ̵
Grö Size: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds
PFF-Run Blocking Ratio: 78.5
2018 Stats: 35 catches for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns
McLaurin does not have the ideal height, but he does it both the routes as well as with the speed make up for the catch. McLaurin also has one of the highest runblocking classes in this class.
Hakeem Butler – State of Iowa
Size: 6 feet-6 and 225 pounds
PFF-barrel blocking degree: 75.6
2018 Stats: 60 catches for 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns  Butler has the prototypical build of a possessor and a dependable red zone, with the benefit of a tear-off speed that helps him quickly break away from the cornerbacks line of scrimmage. Butler's size, athleticism and a high degree of run-blocking could put him at the top of the Giants.
Terry Godwin – Georgia
Size: 5 feet 11 and 185-pound PFF-barrel-blocking grade: 77.3
2018 stats: 23 catches for 385 yards and 3 touchdowns
Despite his light frame, Godwin is one of the better running blockers in this class. Godwin is a lithe distance runner, but could fall into the second round due to his inconsistent hands and fights with contested passes.
Damarkus Lodge – Ole Miss
Size: 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds
PFF-barrel blocking degree: 80.6
2018 Stats: 65 catches for 877 yards and 4 touchdowns  The lodge is not highly praised or as high as teammates DK Metcalf or AJ Brown, but he is a fantastic distance runner with reliable hands and one of the top run blockers in his class. Thanks to his enormous ball skills, he is drafted and seems to be suitable for the crimes of the Giants.
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