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New York Giants Off the Clock: 2019 NFL Draft Review
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12 Jun 2019 06:28 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants first-round pick Daniel Jones attempts pass at Duke. (Image Source: Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Having already broken down each of New York’s draft picks, here’s a review of their 2019 NFL Draft:

Round 1 (6th Overall): QB Daniel Jones, Duke: This is starting to feel like piling on, but the Giants reached with their first-round pick, as they took another David Cutcliffe-tutored quarterback in hopes of finding Eli Manning’s replacement. Maybe you can make a case that Jones was the best quarterback available, maybe, but he’s certainly not as good as the quarterback prospects New York passed up a year ago.

Round 1 (17th Overall): NT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson: At 342 pounds with an amazing wingspan (84”), Lawrence has the ideal frame to anchor James Bettcher’s 3-4 defense. Strong and massive, the Clemson product can take on multiple blockers and can be overpowering with the ability to blow up plays before they get going. His ability to collapse the pocket with a bull rush makes his pass rush potential from the nose tackle position a big reason he was given a first-round grade.

Round 1 (30th Overall): CB Deandre Baker, Georgia: In need of a coverman, the G-Men traded back into the first round to select the Georgia product. Baker is a better player than he is an athlete. His long arms and physical style should fit in well with New York’s press-man coverage scheme. As does his ability to stay with receivers, where his instincts come into play. Not just a pass defender, Baker also has the ability to contribute against the run with his strong tackling.

NY Giants Checklist: Offense | Defense | Off the Clock (Rd. 1): 1-4, 5-8, 9-14, 15-20, 21-26, 27-32 | Defensive ROY Odds | 2020 Draft: No. 1 Pick Odds |

Round 3 (95th Overall): OLB Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion: Desperate for an edge rusher, GM Dave Gettleman nabs this small school prospect with a penchant for getting to the quarterback. He’s undersized, but runs well, has very quick feet, and is explosive coming off the edge. Ximines must adjust to playing outside linebacker, but appears to have the athletic ability to do so.   

Round 4 (108th Overall): CB Julian Love, Notre Dame: The Giants add another cornerback who has the ability to develop into a starter. Love has long arms, very good bulk, and the type of quick feet that will allow him to mirror receivers in man coverage. I was surprised he lasted this long and expect him to be a part of New York’s rotation as soon as this season.  

Round 5 (143rd Overall): ILB Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin: An underrated prospect, Connelly is undersized but he is a top-notch athlete who runs very well with the type of explosiveness scouts love to see in their linebackers. A potential starter who should make an early impact as a special teams standout.

Round 5 (171st Overall): WR Darius Slayton, Auburn: A pure speedster with elite athletic ability, Slayton is your classic boom-or-bust prospect, who’s athleticism far exceeded his college production. A potentially dynamic deep threat, the SEC product also might be a one-trick pony unless he develops.

NY Jets Draft Checklist: Offense | Defense | Off The Clock: Quinnen Williams | Jachai Polite | Chuma Edoga | Trevon Wesco | Blake Cashman | Blessuan Austin |

Round 6 (180th Overall): CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn: Love tripling down on the cornerback position, especially one with the upside of Ballentine this late in the draft. He’s big and very athletic with the ability to get physical. He can add depth to the secondary and is a potential special teams stud.  

Round 7 (232nd Overall): OT George Asafo-Adjei, Kentucky: Undersized and an underachiever at college is why many thought Asafo-Adjei would go undrafted. He does bring very good athleticism and could flourish in New York’s zone-blocking scheme.

Round 7 (245th Overall): DT Chris Slayton, Syracuse: Pretty decent value this late in the draft, but it’s unclear how this Syracuse product fits in New York’s defense. Slayton best projects as a three-technique on a four-man line, so he will have to learn Bettcher’s three-four defense.

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: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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