As we look forward to the upcoming draft and the potential that the Giants have at holding such high value picks, lets look back on JRs final draft as a Giant GM, as those players should be around the longest from the last of his era.
(* = Junior; ** = Sophomore; *** = Freshman) 1 23 Evan Engram TE Mississippi 6' 3" 227 2 55 Dalvin Tomlinson DT Alabama 6' 4" 320 3 87 Davis Webb QB Cal 6' 3" 225 4 140 Wayne Gallman* RB Clemson 6' 1" 205 5 167 Avery Moss DE Youngstown State 6' 3" 265 6 200 Adam Bisnowaty OT Pitt 6' 6" 300
Engram - Obviously a star in the making, a very good player who has a high ceiling, all it's gonna take is for Shurmur to realize his potential and scheme more around him. Surprisingly better blocker than what people wanted you to believe coming out of college. Very solid first round grab and what you expect to find there at pick #23.
Tomlinson - Probably the best value and best player grabbed by JR in the draft, it's almost like he knew he was gonna be fired and the regime change was going to a 3-4. Tomlinson is gonna have a Vince Wilfork type of career, not gonna have the most flashy stats as a nose tackle, but will end up making the pro bowl a bunch of times and probably be remembered as one of the best during his time. Super happy about this pick.
Webb - What more is there to say? He's either fodder or Shurmur likes him, probably the first one.
Gallman - Currently the best RB on the team (Come on Barkley!) a bit of a surprise for me, he didnt seem like anything special but the kid does what a lot of RBs fail to do, just put your fucking head down and run, hope he stays around for a long time and doesnt regress this coming year.
Moss - This kid is going to surprise some people the next few years, he's a better 3-4 LB than a 4-3 DE, and with the switch with Bettcher as DC, expect him to get more playing time in rotation. Might not ever become a solid 16 game starter, but he's so far a decent special teams player who will rotate in for a fresh set of legs.
Bisnowaty - Don't know why JR took a flyer on this guy, he's basically a walking WSIB claim, don't think he's ever been healthy since highschool from what I read. Will stick around, but probably just fodder at some point.
So of the six picks, I would say JR was able to find atleast three starters and contributers in Engram, Tomlinson and Gallman, with Moss having a good chance at becoming a solid player all around.
Bisnowaty is just your classic late round flyer type of pick so who knows, and Webb is at the mercy of Shurmur and Shula, hope the kid brings some extra knee pads to camp.
Overall if JR had more drafts like this he would still be a GM.