Heading into a pivotal offseason, the New York Giants will have many decisions to make. While many are seeming to focus on the offensive and defensive lines, the Giants also have a need at wide receiver where it comes from the draft or through free agency.
While Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. look appealing on paper, Cruz is coming off a serious injury. A torn patella tendon can often ruin a players career, or greatly limit it. While Cruz is luckily scheduled to be ready for training camp, who knows what the product will be. The Giants have to prepare for the worst here, just in case the worst truly does occur.
Luckily, this offseason is stacked with wide receiver talent. With another draft loaded with talented receivers as well as a solid free agent class, the Giants have a plethora of options.
Royal played the first four seasons of his career with the Denver Broncos, before landing in San Diego three seasons ago. He has a combined 15 touchdowns the past two seasons, and put up 62 catches for 778 yards this past season, both highs for him since 2008. He could be an excellent addition to the team as a third or forth string receiver.
Cecil Shorts III
Shorts is a highly underrated player, compiling over 2,300 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns over the past 40 games. All of that was accomplished with the quarterback being either Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, or Blake Bortles, so that’s quite an accomplishment in itself. While their have been talks of Jacksonville franchise tagging the 27-year old, if he hits the open market the Giants would be crazy not to target him.
Smith and the Ravens have had difficulties trying to get a deal done, so he should hit the open market. Smith caught 11 touchdowns on 767 receiving yards as the number two receiver behind Steve Smith. Torrey Smith has been a massive big play threat throughout his four year career, averaging over 16 yards per catch. If the Giants could nab him, it would create an absolutely lethal big play offense paired alongside Cruz and Beckham Jr..
Through The Draft
While Beckham Jr. has had his off the field issues causing in his banishment from the Missouri football program, he still has a scary good combination of speed and size (6’5, 225 pounds). He could be a deadly deep threat down the field, similar to what Torrey Smith does now. He has upside as a number one receiver, and if he is still available in the second or third round, the Giants should give him a good look.
Dorsett draws a lot of comparison to the Colts stud T.Y. Hilton. Both were purely deep throw specialists during college. But both began improving their route running skills, and now showed improvement toward the end of their college careers. Now, Hilton is a top tier NFL receiver. Dorsett is quickly rising up draft boards, and is currently viewed as a third to fourth round pick by most experts.
While the odds of Cooper falling to the Giants at number nine are low, it’s still possible due to the fact teams may want to use their early draft pick on weaker positions in the draft and snag a receiver later on. Cooper has drawn comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr. Both have similar sizes and speed. Cooper has slightly worse hands, but also is a slightly better route runner. If he’s their at 9, it would be tempting to grab him.