Blogged by: Shemika Harmitt, F3 NY Giants Contributor | Around the NFL
The 2016 NFL draft took place one week ago today. My personal favorite is watching the dreams of these young men come true on live television. It definitely tugs at the heartstrings. Let’s take a look back at the draft in honor of Throwback Thursday.
The first round is always the most eventful, of course. The first and second overall draft picks both went to quarterbacks for the second year in a row. The Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles traded up for the top two spots to secure the best QBs in this year’s draft. Jared Goff from California State was selected first to the Rams, followed by Carson Wentz from North Dakota to the Eagles. No surprise there since just about every draft expert said it would happen that way.
The New York Giants had the 10th overall pick and I don’t think there was a single mock draft out there that predicted our selection: Ohio State CB Eli Apple. Giants placed last in defense last season, so I was sure they would go with a defensive selection for the first pick. That’s about as far as my draft predictions went.
Eli Apple will join Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins, a free agency acquisition, at the Corner position. It just so happens that Apple is the nephew of comedian, Michael Blackson (Comedian Michael Blackson reacts to nephew being drafted to the Giants ) The comedic trait must run in the family, because his mom, Annie Apple, is pretty hilarious on Twitter. I’ll have to make sure I’m following her this season.
Our second round pick went to the offense, Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard from Oklahoma. He of course joins Odell Beckham, Jr. and Victor Cruz in the receiving core. Shepard has a very touching story. His father, Derrick Shepard, also played for Oklahoma and had a short NFL career prior to his passing when Sterling was 6 years old. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops became like a second father to Shepard, and eventually his head coach once he officially joined the Sooners where he wore his late father’s jersey number… 3. Now Sterling Shepard is a Giant and will line up alongside one of the best receivers in the league.
The remaining Giants’ draft picks were:
Round 3 – Safety, Darien Thompson – Boise State
Round 4 – LB, BJ Goodson – Clemson
Round 5 – RB, Paul Perkins – UCLA
Round 6 – TE, Jerrell Adams – South Carolina
Welcome to the Big Blue! Congratulations to all of the young men that worked hard and sacrificed their bodies to live their dreams. These are the fruits of your labor.
Heres another look at the Giants 2016 schedule:
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