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New York Giants Off the Clock: Second-Round Pick Defensive Tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama Crimson Tide
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11 May 2017 04:51 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Alabama defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson pressures the quarterback. (Image Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The New York Giants had six picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, one in each of the first six rounds. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll break down all six of their draft picks, continuing with their second-round selection:

Round 2; Pick 23 (55th Overall): DT Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama

Measurables: Checking in at 6’3” and 310 pounds, with 33 ½” arms and 10 1/8” hands, Tomlinson has good size for a defensive tackle. However, he’s not very athletic or twitchy. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Tomlinson was near the bottom among tackles in his vertical jump and 40-yard dash, at the middle in the three-cone, while finishing above average in the short shuttle, as well as the broad jump (9’2”), his strongest event at the NFL Draft Olympics.

Skill Set: A physical interior lineman whose game is about power football. Tomlinson has the size to take up space and take on double teams, with the strong lower body to anchor, as well as the upper-body strength to deliver a blow. More than just a space-eater, the SEC product knows how to get off blocks and plays to the whistle. A smart defender, Tomlinson takes film study and translates it to recognition on the field. More of a run stopper than a pass rusher.  

Giants OTC: Needs | Evan Engram; New York Jets Off the Clock: Off Needs | Def Needs | Jamal Adams | Marcus Maye | ArDarius Stewart | Chad Hansen |

Value: It depends on whom you ask but this does appear to be a bit of reach as ESPN.com had Tomlinson rated as the 75th overall prospect and NFL.com projected him as a third or fourth-round selection, while CBSSports.com had him 68th overall, which is within range of where the Giants called his name.  

Need: With Johnathan Hankins off to Indianapolis, the Giants biggest need on the defensive side of the ball was at defensive tackle. There isn’t much depth or production on the roster beyond Damon Harrison on the interior of New York’s line.

Mogollon’s Pick: Also, looking to fill the hole created with the departure of Hankins, I would have called the name of Chris Wormley out of Michigan, who is quicker and more of a penetrator than Tomlinson. Playing next to Harrison would have been ideal for Wormley, who can get into the backfield against the run and the pass.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? How about a linebacker? Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham (No. 57) is 4-3 outside linebacker who can cover a lot of ground and compete for a starting job off the bat. Another prospect who would have fit a need and been able to contribute early is running back Alvin Kamara of Tennessee (No. 67), an explosive runner who is a playmaker in the throw game.

NFL Draft OTC: Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, 29-32, By State

The Fit: I would have liked someone who is more athletic and more complimentary to Damon Harrison, but the reality is Tomlinson is a great fit if the G-Men were looking to replicate what Hankins did for them. A big part of New York’s success last season was a much-improved defense, which includes a run defense that jumped from 24th in 2015 to third in the NFL last season.

2017 Outlook & Beyond: With all due respect to Jay Bromley, 14 tackles in 15 games in his third NFL season, I’m expecting Tomlinson to push for playing time if not a starting role in training camp. The Alabama product is polished for a rookie and considered NFL ready. Don’t be surprised if he sees the most playing time of any rookie on the team this season. Moving forward, Tomlinson and Harrison could make up one of the best run-stuffing duos in the league.

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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