The NFL Draft is upon us, and the Giants are making news. This time it’s not about trading the second overall pick or Odell Beckham, but rather offensive tackle Ereck Flowers. Flowers was the ninth overall pick for the Giants in 2015 and has been a major disappointment. General Manager Dave Gettleman addressed his lack of production at left tackle by signing Nate Solder from the Patriots to a four-year deal. The signing moved Flowers to right tackle to compete for the starting position, but Flowers has yet to appear to any of the volunteer practices thus far. This action has put the Giants into a position of unloading the former first round pick before or during the draft to any team willing to give him a second chance.
One would think that a young offensive lineman with three years under his belt playing left tackle (who happens to be a former top 10 pick) would be in demand. However, it appears Gettleman will need to earn his pay on this one and try to get the best possible package he can, whether it’s picks or for another player. What would the compensation be for Flowers at this point? Many reports have stated that the best the Giants could get is probably somewhere between a fourth through sixth round picks. Perhaps acquiring a player who has also underachieved but could turn it around with a change of scenery is another option.
The Seattle Seahawks have been mentioned as a fit who could offer their own version of Ereck Flowers in German Ifedi. Ifedi was a first round pick (31st) in the 2016 draft and has not lived up to what the Seahawks expected. The Cincinnati Bengals are another team mentioned as well, depending on what they do in the draft as another landing spot. Other teams that could be interested are the Oakland Raiders, the Jacksonville Jaguars and possibly the New England Patriots. By trading Flowers, the Giants would free up $2.4M in cap space, but would have $2.1M in dead money for this season. The odds are stacked against Gettleman finding a suitor and getting anything for Flowers anytime soon, and the likely scenario could be that the Giants release Flowers and move on.
While giving up on a top-1o pick is hard, it's made worse by looking at the stars who were still on the board (Todd Gurley, anyone?). Former general manager Jerry Reese for some strange reason minimized the offensive line and linebacker positions during his time with the Giants. When he did draft or sign a linemen, it was often the wrong choice.
The good news? If Gettleman can receive a fourth rounder this year’s draft does have depth at the offensive tackle position with possible tackles available in then such as Brandon Parker, Alex Cappa, Desmond Harrison and Gerhard de Beer, just to name a few.