The New York Giants seem like the only true challenger to the Cowboys for NFC East dominance this season. After some key offseason signings, they head into the draft in a position to select some key young players on the offensive line and at running back.
The only thing killing the Giants momentum is the schedule released last week. The Giants have arguably one of, if not the toughest schedule of any team in the league for 2017.
They start the year with three of their first four games being away from home and they travel to Mountain and Pacific Time two times apiece throughout the year. That’s not even the worst part of it. The Giants face four teams coming off a bye week before, which is the most of any team.
New York has the pieces to overcome a tough schedule. Their signing of Brandon Marshall does a lot for this offense and if they can find the right running back on draft night, this team is poised to make a run to the postseason.
The question is how much running back stock are the Giants buying at in the draft? New York hasn’t drafted a running above the fourth round since 2012 bust David Wilson. However, the Giants have also struggled to run the ball as of late. While they will likely not draft a running back really early in the draft, the Giants could try to find a guy to put in a rotation with Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins on Day 2 of the draft,
They also reportedly have an interest in LeGarrette Blount, which would be a huge signing for the Giants. If they go that route, this offense is going to be tough to stop in 2017.
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