Ever since the New York Giants have won two Super Bowls, they appear to be under a perpetual rebuild. Hopefully, the organization will be able to find some players that will be able to build around last season’s rookie of the year, RB Saquon Barkley. Let’s see how the Giants did in the National Football League (NFL) Draft.
Round 1, Pick 6: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke. 6’5″, 221 lbs. He was definitely off of the radar, but wowed the Giants with his height and his mechanics for the team to move up to #6 in order to draft Jones. Hopefully, he will be given time to develop behind current QB Eli Manning because he does not need to start immediately.
Round 1, Pick 17: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson. 6’4″, 342 lbs. The Giants really need help in stopping the run so they picked up Lawrence, who was a massive run-stopper in college.
Round 1, Pick 30: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia. 5’11”, 192 lbs. Baker will be given an opportunity to start at corner for the Giants because he is considered one of the best cornerbacks in this draft. He did not allow a touchdown in coverage last season, so his covering skills will be needed to stop the bleeding for the Giants defense.
Round 3, Pick 32: Oshane Ximines, DE, 6’3″, 253 lbs. Ximines is a consistent pass rusher that can also play against the run as well. He will be given a chance to contribute in the defensive end rotation or at outside linebacker.
Round 4, Pick 6: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame. 5’11”,195 lbs. Love will also bring strong coverage skills to the Giants secondary. In Notre Dame’s loss to Clemson, Clemson only started scoring over the top after Love was injured. Baker and Love have a good chance to start at both corner spots.
Round 5, Pick 5: Ryan Connelly, LB, Wisconsin. 6’2″, 242 lbs. Connelly will add inside linebacking depth for the Giants.
Round 5, Pick 33: Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn. 6’1″, 190 lbs. Slayton has the speed to open up things for the receivers underneath.
Round 6, Pick 7: Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn. 5’11”, 196 lbs. Ballentine will add corner depth, but his specialty is at special teams in which he blocked 3 kicks last season.
Round 7, Pick 18: George Asafo-Adjei, T, Kentucky. 6’5″, 306 lbs. Asafo-Adjei will add depth to the offensive line.
Round 7, Pick 31: Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse. 6’4″, 307 lbs. Slayton adds depth to the defensive interior on the line.
Grade: Upgrading the defense at all three levels was mandatory for this porous defense. I give them a C+.
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