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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants third-round pick Oshane Ximines with sack against North Carolina. (Image Source: Getty Images)
The New York Giants had 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, with just one Day 2 selection. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all 10 of their draft picks, continuing with the their third-round choice:
Round 3; Pick 31 (95th Overall): OLB Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
Measurables: The small school product is undersized for an edge defender at 6’ 3½” and 253 pounds, with very short arms (78 5/8” wingspan and 33” arms). His hand size (9 7/8”) was in the average range. While he didn’t impress with his size, Ximines performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, including a solid 4.78 40-yard dash. His 34” vertical jump, 118” broad jump, and 7.13 three-cone time were also above average.
Skill Set: It’s that speed, quickness, and athleticism that allows Ximines to get after the quarterback. He is first and foremost a pass rusher with an excellent first step. Adept at making blockers miss, Ximines excels at getting in the backfield, against the run as well as the pass. Plays stronger that his size indicates but could struggle at times against bigger/stronger blockers.
Value: While Ximines isn’t a household name, scouts know him very well. He was projected to go on Day 2, earlier than late in the third round by some, so the G-Men got pretty good value with this selection. Has a high ceiling as an edge rusher.
Need: New York traded away their premier pass rusher Olivier Vernon in the offseason and had only 30 sacks in 2018. They need to be better at getting after the quarterback and had a hole to fill at outside linebacker. A need that was clearly considered with this choice.
Mogollon’s Pick: I’m nothing if not consistent. While this pick certainly fills a big need, I’d be pounding the table for an offensive tackle, just as I was in the first round. West Virginia product Yodny Cajuste, who went off the board at No. 101 to the New England Patriots, has a very nice upside for late third-round choice.
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Who Else Did They Pass Up? Another intriguing offensive tackle on the board was Oklahoma’s Bobby Evans who went two slots after Ximines to the Los Angeles Rams with the 97th pick. If the Giants were dead set on adding an edge rusher, Maxx Crosby out of Eastern Michigan (No. 106) would have also been a sound choice, while Iowa State wide out Hakeem Butler could have added some length to the receiving corps.
The Fit: Defensive coordinator James Bettcher runs a 3-4 defense which looks for the outside linebackers to be the primary pass rushers. While Ximines is a little light in the pants for a 4-3 defensive end, a transition to outside linebacker in this scheme might be the perfect move for him. It appears he has enough agility and athleticism to handle any coverage duties the Giants may ask of him.
2019 Outlook & Beyond: In Kareem Martin, Lorenzo Carter, and Markus Golden the Giants already have three edge defenders, so Ximines will have to earn his playing time as a rookie. That’s not to say he can’t win the starting nod if he comes quickly, but his most likely role this season will be as a situational pass rusher. Looking ahead, the Giants probably don’t envision either Martin or Golden as long-term solutions at the position, so the team expects Ximines to develop into a starter at some point. Possibly as soon as next season.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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