A ‘Giant’ Breakdown Of The New York Giants 2019 NFL Draft

The NFL Draft! More like NFL Christmas!!! Every year thousands gather to hear which young stud will be joining their favorite franchise and this years draft has been more exciting then any draft in recent memory. There have been so many surprise picks and trades it’s actually hard to keep up with, but I’ve found a way don’t worry! All eyes have been on the Giants at #6 pretty much since the order was decided and they did not disappoint (anyone except their fans). Now that we’ve had a second to breath let’s take a look at the Giants 2019 Draft Class!

#6) Daniel Jones QB Duke

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For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter 2 things, 1) You should @jtullz. 2) my reactions to this pick were anything but pleasant I was beside myself, but after watching film more intensely I see what the Giants see in Jones. Granted he’s not the pick I wanted at #6 but I see upside here. Daniel Jones has the best touch in this entire draft, This guy drops these passes into the bucket with ease. Jones is big, strong and can move very well for a guy not known for his running.

He showed extreme toughness time and time again taking big shots to deliver a dime to his receivers that they would ultimately drop. Daniel Jones has great arm talent and I think if he sits a full year and learns how to prepare and keep yourself healthy from Eli Manning he can have a very bright future with the New York Giants. End of the day I would have rather tried to get him another way

Grade: B-

#17 Dexter Lawerence DE Clemson

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Hey there Big Fella!!! Dexter is a BIG dude, as a freshman in college he was already over 300 lbs, this guy is nothing to mess with. With the trade of Snacks Harrison last year the Giants needed someone to plug up the middle and they got him. Dex can take on a double team and still muscle his way through them and he has the ability to rush the passer but in college didn’t really show so. Regardless Lawrence will be a disruptive force upfront for the Giants for years to come and will help free up their Linebackers to make plays in the run game

Grade: B+

#30 Deandre Baker CB Georgia

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The Giants made a move to get back into the 1st round to make their 3rd selection of the day. The Giants gave up 37, 132, and 142 to move up to select Deandre Baker. Baker looks like the real deal and was one of the cornerstones of Georgia’s defense last season. He posses elite ball skills and the size to cause recovers issues at the line of scrimmage. This is a huge upgrade for the Giants who are looking for a corner to line up opposite of Janoris Jenkins.

Baker was ranked by some as the best CB in this draft, and the Giants gave up a lot to get him but I do like the pick. But I don’t like how much they gave up but I guess you can’t put a price on filling a major hole on your team which Baker definitely does! Love the player, we gave up a decent amount to get him but I’m all in on Deandre Baker being the best player from this draft.

Grade: A

#95 Oshane Ximines DE Old Dominion

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I actually really really like this pick. I’m gonna call him OX because it just is a bad ass nickname. OX was an absolute force at OD, in fact OX is the first person to ever be drafted out of Old Dominion in general and he will put them on the map. OX is long, athletic, and violent, he’s a little thin but I feel like with an NFL diet and workout plan he will fill into the gram quite nicely. He reminds me of Lorenzo Carter who the Giants drafted last year. Just peep his highlight tape! I can’t wait for OX to make a name for himself in the league, finally a good pick by the Giants

Grade: A

#108 Julian Love CB Notre Dame

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I love the Love pick, pun intended. They got great value, this guy is smart, ballhawking skill, and ran a 4.54 40. This guy can be the Giants slot corner for years to come! Love had a 3rd round grade by many but somehow slipped through the cracks and the Giants wasted no time scooping him up. Great value pick!

Grade: A-

#143 Ryan Connelly LB Wisconsin

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Connelly is a little small for his position but just like almost everyone else that comes from Wisconsin he’s a hard worker and is one tough SOB. Connelly won’t be a starter for the Giants but will provide solid depth at Linebacker and should be a key contributor on Special Teams

Grade: C+

#171 Darius Slayton WR Auburn

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I LOVE THIS PICK!!! Darius Slayton is a straight up burner and after hitting a professional weight lifting program he should fill out nicely. He’s already a great run blocker after playing in a run first offense at Auburn. This will probe useful in an offense that will feature a lot of Saquan Barkley! Great upside, great talent, great pick

Grade: A

#180 Corey Ballentine CB Washburn

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Ballentine showed during the Senior Bowl that despite being from a small school he can hold his own with the best. He’s 5′-11″ 196 but this dude can fly! He should prove to be a very nice pickup for the Giants as he will not only provide a lot of depth at Corner but should reek havoc on special teams as well! He’s got the unique ability to block kicks from off the edge so I look forward to that! Unfortunately on Draft night him and his teammate were involved in a shooting, his teammate suffered fatal wounds while Ballentine was released from the hospital the next day. Hopefully he uses this as motivation to be even better, Good pick

Grade: B+

#232 George Asafo-Adjei OL Kentucky

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So the thing you gotta know about my boy George is this guy is 6’5″ and 315 pounds. This guy had to line up opposite #7 overall pick Josh Allen every single day in practice! So this guy has plenty of experience working against a top pass rusher. I wish Gettleman went Offensive Line a little earlier but G A-A has a chance to be a fairly solid player for the GMen.

Grade: B

#245 Chris Slayton DT Syracuse

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Slayton’s production at Syracuse was underwhelming but has shown flashes of playmaking ability and losses great size for the position at 6’4″ 307. He will hopefully be someone that can be rotated in to give Dexter Lawrence a breather every once and a while and should contribute on special teams where he can. A lot of upside with this pick so a late round flier on him is a low risk high reward play

Grade: B+

Final Thoughts

The Giants really saves themselves on the back end of this draft, I really am not a fan of the Daniel Jones pick and feel like we could have addressed some different holes first but that being said if Jones pans out this can be a very good class. So now we wait and see how everyone plays and works out! Fingers crossed!

Grade: B

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