New York Giants draft review
1 (6). Daniel Jones, QB: 6-5, 221, Duke
1 (17). Dexter Lawrence, DT: 6-5, 342, Clemson
1 (30). Deandre Baker, CB: 5-11, 193, Georgia
3 (95). Oshane Ximines, DE: 6-4, 253, Old Dominion
4 (108). Julian Love, CB: 5-11, 195, Notre Dame
5 (143). Ryan Connelly, LB: 6-2, 242, Wisconsin
5 (171). Darius Slayton, WR: 6-1, 190, Auburn
6 (180). Corey Ballentine, CB: 5-11, 196, Washburn
7 (232). George Asafo-Adjei, G: 6-4, 305, Kentucky
7 (245). Chris Slayton, DT: 6-4, 307, Syracuse
If Jones becomes what the Giants hope, it won’t matter, but he was clearly a reach at No. 6. Lawrence is an excellent player but still must improve to affect quarterbacks, and the Giants had to give up two picks to trade up for Baker. They did well to collect more picks elsewhere, and Love and Ximines were quality additions, but they missed chances to add an offensive weapon early on.
Best pick: Love slid to Round 4 likely because he lacks great measurables, but he’s experienced, refined and disciplined. He could start from Day 1 in the slot, forming a strong partnership with Baker, who is expected to play outside.
Upside pick: Lawrence isn’t a great pass-rusher yet, but he could become one. His movement traits are exceedingly rare for a 342-pounder, and he will immediately replace the hole Damon Harrison’s trade left in run defense. If he can become more than a pocket pusher, he’ll be a star.
–Field Level Media
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