Who would the New York Giants protect if the NFL had an NHL-style expansion draft?
The NFL has a formula in place for expansion drafts, but their rules are a bit different than those of the NHL. And given that the NHL just had an expansion draft for their newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken, we assumed we would adopt those rules with a few small changes.
In this instance, the incoming expansion team would have to choose one player from each of the league’s 32 other teams. The Giants (and other teams) would be able to protect 11 players, with first- and second-year players being exempt.
Additionally, because the NFL’s expansion draft would take place prior to the start of free agency, we’re not including any players New York added this offseason, including wide receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.
Players who were on the Giants’ 2020 roster but were pending free agents this offseason would qualify, however (see: Dalvin Tomlinson).
To spice things up even further, we’re also going to put a limit on the number of players the Giants can keep on each side of the ball — five on offense, five on defense and one special teams player (can include return men and other multi-purpose players).
With all that in mind, here’s a look at who we believe the Giants would protect in an NHL-style expansion draft.
QB Daniel Jones
RB Saquon Barkley
TE Evan Engram
WR Sterling Shepard
OL Nick Gates
DL Leonard Williams
CB James Bradberry
LB Blake Martinez
DL Dexter Lawrence
S Logan Ryan
K Graham Gano
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