2019-06-04 18:48:101 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants seventh-round pick Kentucky tackle George Asafo-Adjei. (Image Source: AP Photo)
The New York Giants had 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including six Day 3 selections. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all 10 of their draft picks, continuing with the first of their two seventh-round choices:
Round 7; Pick 18 (232nd Overall): OT George Asafo-Adjei, Kentucky
Measurables: Checking in at 6’5” and 306 pounds, Asafo-Adjei is clearly a big man, however not necessarily when compared to other offensive linemen. Most tackles are at least that tall and heavier than the Wildcat. His arms (33 ¼”) are considered to be very short, while his hand size (10 1/8”) is adequate for the position. Not an NFL Scouting Combine invitee, Asafo-Adjei had to rely heavily on his Pro Day, where he excelled. His 4.9 40-time was an elite number, his 30” vertical very solid, and 31 bench press reps very impressive.
Skill Set: A powerful blocker with a strong upper body and good hands. Against edge rushers, Asafo-Adjei has the ability to win up top and knock them off course. As a run blocker, has flashed the athleticism to get out in space as a puller ahead of his runner. Good, not great footwork, with enough body strength to anchor against bull rushers. The UK right tackle was a team leader and captain in Lexington.
Value: He didn’t earn a full-time starting job at Kentucky until his senior season despite coming in as a four-star recruit. Because of that, many believed Asafo-Adjei would go undrafted. It’s the seventh round so it’s too late in the draft to call it a reach, but it’s not perceived as a “value” pick.
Need: I’ve been calling for the G-Men to select an offensive tackle with a couple of their earlier picks throughout this series so I believe addressing the position was a need. I would have liked to have done so earlier for someone with starter potential, but I’m not against adding depth.
Mogollon’s Pick: GM Dave Gettleman addressed the cornerback position (which he should have), but ignored safety altogether and depth, as well as some young potential was needed there as well. Penn State’s Nick Scott is the type of explosive, elite athlete that defensive coordinator James Bettcher could have made good use of.
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Who Else Did They Pass Up? There were only 13 slots in between New York’s seventh-round picks and two big names that stood out were Washington runner Myles Gaskin and receiver Terry Godwin out of Georgia, who would have been intriguing picks at this point in the draft. If not the best player on the board, the best prospect among that small group was probably Oregon edge rusher Jalen Jelks.
The Fit: The Giants run a zone-blocking scheme along their offensive line and under offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, as well as offensive line coach John Schlarman, Asafo-Adjei has experience operating in an inside-zone blocking scheme. The Wildcats have excelled at running the football over the past few seasons.
2019 Outlook & Beyond: As a seventh-round pick, Asafo-Adjei is just looking to make the team and provide depth behind the veteran starters. While mostly a right tackle at Kentucky, the New York native (Asafo-Adjei hails from the Bronx) will probably have to show the versatility to play inside as well, if needed. With his build, it’s possible he’s better suited to shifting to guard long-term.
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: email@example.com.
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