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Playing Position Of New York Giants’ First Drafted Player, Odds and Predictions

Written by: Mike Lukas
Updated October 14, 2022
9 min read

The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us – it runs from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27 – but there is still plenty of time to get in on all the prop bet action.

Here we go over another interesting wager that recently came out, which is on what the playing position will be of the New York Giants’ first drafted player.

The 2019 Giants have plenty of needs, especially given general manager David Gettleman’s recent habit of letting his talented and experienced veterans go, so we look at New York’s offseason moves and the odds and predictions of what position their first pick will play.

Also check out our other articles on the 2019 NFL Draft:

2019 NFL Mock Draft – Full Team Breakdown

Playing Position of Philadelphia Eagle’s First Drafted Player

Top 10 Running Backs Selected in the 2019 NFL Draft

Which NFL Team Will Draft Missouri Quarterback Drew Lock

First Wide Receiver Selected in the 2019 NFL Draft

Which NFL Franchise Will Draft Houston Defensive Tackle, Ed Oliver?

How did the Giants do in 2018?

The 2018 New York Giants went 5-11 despite drafting the eventual Rookie of the Year, running back Saquon Barkley, the team never fully recovering after a pitiful 1-7 start to the season.

Led by Super Bowl Champion quarterback Eli Manning, who despite his age (38) and being doubted by many experts who suspect his better years are behind him, threw for 4,299 yards and 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.

New York finished last in the NFC East for the second season in a row (something that hadn’t happened since 1995 and 1996), and for the sixth season out of the last seven the Giants did not see the postseason.

When does New York get to make its first draft selection?

The Giants have 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and they are:

  • Round 1: Nos. 6, 17 (from Browns) overall
  • Round 2: No. 37
  • Round 3: No. 95 (from Patriots through Browns)
  • Round 4: Nos. 108, 132 (from Saints)
  • Round 5: Nos. 142 (from 49ers through Lions), 143, 171
  • Round 6: No. 180
  • Round 7: Nos. 232 (from Vikings), 245 (from Rams)

Selecting just before the Giants in the first round will be the Oakland Raiders with pick 4 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with pick 5.

Who did the Giants select with their first pick last season?

Last season the Giants selected running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the draft, mostly because he was the best overall athlete available but also because Gettleman is still convinced Manning has a few good years left in him.

Hard to argue that it was a bad choice – Barkley was the NFL ROTY, made the PFWA All-Rookie Team and in 2018 off of 352 touches he totaled 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns with zero fumbles.

Now it’s up to the Giants’ front office to determine if this is the year to pull the trigger on a viable backup for Manning, a young understudy who could conceivably play sooner rather than later given how anxious the team seems to be to move forward.

What players have the Giants picked up through free agency this offseason?

Wide receiver Golden Tate, who signed a 4-year, $37.5 million contract with $22.95 million of that guaranteed.

Safety Jabrill Peppers, who came over in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade with the Cleveland Browns, and who signed a 4-year, $10.34 million contract with $8 million of that guaranteed.

Guard Kevin Zeitler, who also came over from the Browns, signed a 5-year, $60 million deal with $31.5 million of that guaranteed.

Who have the Giants lost this offseason?

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who just received a 5-year, $90 million contract with $65 million guaranteed, money that will now be paid by the Browns.

Safety Landon Collins, who now plays for the Washington Redskins after signing a 6-year, $84 million deal with $44.5 million of that guaranteed.

Outside Linebacker Olivier Vernon, who went to the Browns and is still under his 5-year, $85 million contract that guarantees $52.5 million.

What are currently the Giants biggest needs?


quarterback, right tackle, wide receiver


edge rusher, left cornerback, slot cornerback, defensive end, inside linebacker

Who will most likely be the best player available by the time the Giants pick?

When it comes to their first round pick, the Giants will want to select their quarterback if they truly consider that a pressing need.

By the time the Giants’ sixth pick comes along, chances are at least Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will be gone so they will most likely get to choose between Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Missouri’s Drew Lock.

Their cornerback needs can be filled after that, with LSU’s Greedy Williams and Georgia’s Deandre Baker at the top of the list.

Odds and Predictions of the playing position of the Giants’ first selected player in the 2019 NFL Draft

So the question remains, which position will the Giants select first in the 2019 NFL draft?

Will they finally face the fact that Manning can’t last forever and snag themselves a quarterback?

Will they grab an edge rusher in a draft class rich with them?

Here are the full odds and predictions of which of position the Giants will draft first.

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Check out the latest odds here – good luck!

Playing Position of Team’s First Drafted Player


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Not only is Eli Manning getting old, he is on the last year of his contract, so it would seem that now is the perfect time to grab a young buck who can learn from Eli in presumably his last NFL season.

It makes way more sense to grab a quarterback with the 6th pick because chances are by the time it gets to their 17th selection all the good QBs will be gone.

Defensive Lineman

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Any player declared by www.nfl.com as DT, DE or EDGE will count as a Defensive Lineman, and anyone who can help add to the Giants pitiful 2018 sack total of 30 (only one team had less) will be highly sought after.

New York ranked 20th against the run in 2018 and allowed opponents an average of 118.6 rushing yards per game, but as big a need as quarterback-hunting run-stoppers is right now, it is unlikely pressing enough to be filled before the quarterback slot.


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The Giants need a linebacker who can cover both running backs and tight ends.

No way would they use their first pick on a position that will still have quality selections remaining later on in the draft.

Offensive Lineman

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With their left tackle in place with Nate Solder and their left guard Will Hernandez and right guard Kevin Zeitler now named, a solid right tackle still needs to be acquired.

Currently Florida’s 6-foot-5, 312-pound Jawaan Taylor is ranked as the best offensive lineman in this draft class, with 6-foot-4, 302-pound Jonah Williams from Alabama next in line.

Defensive Back

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The Giants roster is a bit thin at defensive back with a starting job still up for grabs.

New York was tied for 7th most interceptions last season with 16 of them, but they could always use some young rookie talent to fill in on the sub-package snaps.

Wide Receiver

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The Giants have added veteran Golden Tate to their wide receivers’ room, but they lost arguably one of the top-three receivers in the league when they traded away Odell Beckham Jr.

Last season, the New York Giants’ passing game was ranked 11th but again it is highly unlikely that they would use their first pick to bolster that part of their roster.

Tight End

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The Giants currently have young tight end Evan Engram and he will do just fine.

Last season he suffered a knee sprain and missed some playing time, but in 11 games he still caught 45 balls for 577 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Feeling lucky?

Think the Giants will blow their first pick on a punter or a field goal kicker or a long snapper?

You never know.

Except on this one, you really do know it’s not gonna happen.

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Given that the Giants used their first overall pick last season to grab Barkley, there is absolutely no way they would do the same thing again this season, especially given there are no players even close to Barkley’s talent level in this year’s running back class.

New York is building around Saquon, but that doesn’t mean they won’t grab another running back lower in the draft to back him up.

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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager.
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