The importance of building through the draft is so vital in sports none the less. It is the difference in being really bad and really good none the less. The New York Giants have missed the playoffs in the last eight-out-of-nine seasons. The NFL Draft is finally over and we can recap it now.
Joe Judge is the new head coach for this football team. He was the special teams coordinator for the New England Patriots last season. Dave Gettleman has had a reputation for drafting well, but not making trades or signing quality free agents.
New York hopes to embrace a new culture and beyond 2020. Who are some of the draft picks on their roster and how did they do with it none the less?
The fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft was offensive tackle Andrew Thomas from the University of Georgia. The New York Giants felt like he was the best tackle in this draft. They took him over Jedrick Wills Jr., Mekhi Becton, and Tristan Wirfs.
Thomas will be able to snatch Nate Solder‘s spot from day one at left tackle. Maybe he starts at right tackle, but the offensive line will be revamped immediately. Andrew Thomas is 6’5″ 320 lbs none the less. He will be able to protect investments like Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley moving forward none the less.
The 36th overall pick (second round) in the 2020 NFL Draft was safety Xavier McKinney. A lot of people had a first-round grade on McKinney. General Manager Dave Gettleman had a first-round grade on him as well and it appeared as if New York couldn’t wait to get the pick in fast enough.
Xavier McKinney can make plays on the back end. I thought he was going to go in the first round to a team like the Miami Dolphins or the Minnesota Vikings. McKinney will start on the opposite side of Jabrill Peppers most likely none the less.
Xavier McKinney recorded 95 total tackles and 5.5 of them were for a loss last season. He played in 13 games. McKinney recorded three sacks, picked off three passes, one defensive touchdown, five pass deflections, one fumble recovery, and four forced fumbles. He is 6’1″ 200 lbs.
Both of those selections deserve a grade of an A none the less. The important thing is, how did they do in the later rounds none the less?
With the 99th overall pick (third round), the New York Giants selected offensive tackle, Matt Peart, from UCONN. He is going to be a project, but maybe Peart can start at right tackle one day despite Nick Gates getting a solid look last season.
Some people thought that Peart was going to be taken in the second-round none the less. Will see what happens none the less. He is 6’7″ 318 lbs.
With the 110th overall pick (fourth-round) took cornerback Darnay Holmes from UCLA. Holmes got his degree in three years at UCLA, according to Tom Rock of Newsday.
Darnay Holmes will be more of a nickel corner due to his size and tackling strength. He could also be a solid fit on special teams none the less.
With the 150th overall pick (fifth-round) the New York Giants selected guard/center Shane Lemieux from the University of Oregon. Lemieux started for a few years in college.
With the future uncertain for Jon Halapio, we will see what happens none the less. I was not a fan of Halapio. Shane Lemieux can definitely start at guard at the next level, but he may need to become a center due to Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler.
With the 183rd overall pick (sixth-round), the New York Giants selected linebacker Cam Brown from Penn State. He is 6’5″ and weighs 233 lbs. Brown had 15 tackles for a loss and five sacks in four seasons. Also had 199 tackles and four forced fumbles in 51 career collegiate starts.
He is very athletic, but Brown is also raw. The New York Giants have overhauled the linebacker position big time through the 2020 NFL Draft and in free agency this season none the less. He is 6’0″ 185 lbs.
With the 218th overall pick (seventh-round), the New York Giants selected linebacker Carter Coughlin from the University of Minnesota.
Well, it is nice to have a Coughlin back within the organization. Tom Coughlin was an excellent coach who won two Super Bowls. He was the heartbeat and the heart and soul for this franchise throughout that period none the less. Carter Coughlin is not related to Tom Coughlin however.
He is most likely going to be a special teams player at the next level and that is what Joe Judge is looking for none the less. Coughlin was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He could have played for Ohio State, but he decided to stay home and continue the family tradition none the less.
In four seasons, Carter Coughlin recorded 22.5 sacks. He has the potential as a pass rusher. Coughlin will get a solid look because the New York Giants currently lack it none the less.
With the 238th overall pick (seventh-round), the New York Giants selected linebacker T.J. Brunson from the University of South Carolina. Six sacks in four seasons. Brunson is a hard tackler none the less. He will be competing for a roster spot none the less.
With the 247th overall pick (seventh-round), the New York Giants selected cornerback Chris Williams from the University of Minnesota. With James Bradberry, Julian Love, DeAndre Baker, and Corey Ballentine already on the roster, that means only one potential spot will be available for the fifth and final corner spot none the less.
Williams could also play some safety as well none the less. He is excellent downhill when stopping the run, but his ability to play in coverage needs some work none the less.
With the 255th pick (seventh-round and Mr. Irrelevant) the New York Giants select linebacker Tae Crowder from the University of Georgia.
During his redshirt freshman season at Georgia, he decided to switch from running back to linebacker. In 13 of 14 games started last season, he recorded 62 tackles and 14 of them were for a loss. Crowder was also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.
Well overall, I don’t think every single player is going to make the roster even though General Manager Dave Gettleman has done a good job of drafting.
After the NFL Draft was over, Joe Judge mentioned that he wants a team and not 53 independent contractors. Let’s hope there is a culture shift in New York coming.
The pass-rushing will still be an issue for this team this season but will see how Judge and Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham cope with it on a week-to-week basis.
Overall, I would give the New York Giants a B in this 2020 NFL Draft. They addressed the offensive line and potential depth issues none the less.
New York is also expected to sign some undrafted free agents none the less and I am curious to see which ones they are going to sign none the less.
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