New York Giants' 2017 draft class: Kiper's grades, McShay's best pick, more
NFL Draft Insiders
Posted: 2017-05-01

The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?

ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.

New York Giants

Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: C+

Kiper: How bad were the Giants' tight ends last season? They averaged 7.7 yards per reception in 2016, worst in the NFL and almost a full yard worse than the next-lowest tight end group. Now, I don't know if Evan Engram will be called a tight end, but he'll absolutely help out in the passing game. His 4.42 40 at 6-foot-3, 234 at the combine had some teams moving him to the top of their receiver boards. Regardless, this is a big addition for Eli Manning, who targeted Odell Beckham Jr. a staggering 169 times last season. The New York offense needed another dynamic element, and Engram will provide that. Think about a quartet of Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Engram. Yikes. Just don't ask Engram to block.

Taking Davis Webb in the third round raised eyebrows, but that is about where I thought he'd go. I never bought the talk of him being a potential first-rounder. I had Nathan Peterman, Joshua Dobbs and Brad Kaaya all rated higher. Dalvin Tomlinson is probably Johnathan Hankins' replacement, but I had Chris Wormley, Carlos Watkins and Jaleel Johnson, among others, higher on my board. Tomlinson is more than a clogger in space; he'll get in the backfield. I like Wayne Gallman in the fourth round to complement Paul Perkins. He's not very fast (4.60 40), but he runs hard and has good body lean. Adam Bisnowaty is my eighth-ranked tackle, so there's some value here in the sixth round.

The Giants added some useful pieces, though it'll be interesting to see whether Engram is a weapon in this offense, or more of a decoy. And offensive tackle is still a huge concern.

1/23 Evan Engram TE OLE MISS
2/55 Dalvin Tomlinson DT ALABAMA
3/87 Davis Webb QB CALIFORNIA
4/140 Wayne Gallman RB CLEMSON
6/200 Adam Bisnowaty G PITTSBURGH

Todd McShay's favorite pick

Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss (pick No. 23)

The Giants ranked last in the NFL last season in yards per catch from their tight ends (7.7 YPC). Engram will change that in a hurry. At 6-foot-3 and with 4.42 speed, Engram is a tight end build for the NFL in 2017 -- like the Redskins' Jordan Reed but more athletic. He's a perfect fit in a Giants offense that likes to spread defenses out thanks to his elite route-running ability.

Scouts Inc. on 2017 class

1 (23) Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss | Highlights

What he brings: A four-year starter and two-time captain, Engram is an undersized move tight end who is never going to be a great blocker. However, he's a polished route runner whose combination of size, speed and athletic ability makes him a matchup nightmare. -- Steve Muench

How he fits: New York's tight ends averaged an NFL-low 7.7 yards per reception last season, and Engram gives the Giants a big-play threat at that position. He also gives head coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning a player who can move around the formation and create favorable matchups. -- Steve Muench

2 (23) Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama | Highlights

What he brings: Tomlinson has the size, strength and instincts to develop into an effective nose tackle or 3-4 defensive end who can help bolster a run defense. He's not much of a pass-rusher though. Also, there are medical concerns stemming from knee injuries earlier in his career. -- Steve Muench

How he fits: Tomlinson helps New York fill the void left by the departure of Johnathan Hankins in free agency. Tomlinson will add immediate depth on the interior and help make sure the Giants continue to be stout defending the run. They were tied for third in rush defense in 2016. -- Kevin Weidl

3 (23) Davis Webb, QB, California | Highlights

What he brings: A Texas Tech transfer who has had some durability issues, Webb will face a steep learning curve in his transition from the Air Raid offense, and his accuracy is inconsistent. On the positive side, he has prototypical size, very good arm strength and the football intelligence to absorb. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: Eli Manning is 36 years old, and while the Giants signed Geno Smith to a one-year deal and still have Ryan Nassib, they don't seem to be the heir apparent. Taking Webb now allows head coach Ben McAdoo and his staff time to help the quarterback transition from the Air Raid offense he played in to a pro-style offense. -- Steve Muench

4 (34) Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson | Highlights

What he brings: Gallman is a versatile back who has good agility and pass-catching ability. The biggest knock on his game is that he lacks power, but he's a hard-nosed banger of a runner and could add good value for a team in need of a versatile athlete to share the workload. -- Kevin Weidl

5 (23) Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State

What he brings: An above-average run defender, Moss has the frame, length and initial burst to provide depth and potentially start at defensive end in a base four-man front. His character is a concern, though; he was dismissed from Nebraska following a public indecency charge. -- Steve Muench

6 (16) Adam Bisnowaty, OG, Pittsburgh | Highlights

What he brings: Bisnowaty is a tough and smart player who could overcome some physical deficiencies in the NFL but likely will need to move inside to guard from left tackle where he lined up at Pitt. -- Kevin Weidl

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