With two first round picks the Giants were in a great spot to add some impact players but instead they left the draft with more questions than answers. Like why did they reach so high for a quarterback? Why did they take a Nose Tackle 17th to replace the nose tackle they took in the 2nd round who was to replace the best run defender in the NFL who they traded? Our New York Giants 2019 NFL Draft Review takes a look at each of the Giants picks while providing an overall grade and superlatives.
1st Round, Pick #6: Daniel Jones QB Duke
We all had heard the rumors of Daniel Jones going to the Giants with the 6th pick, but did anybody really believe it? Jones has some good traits and could be a NFL starter, but is he really worth the 6th overall pick? Haskins is a much better prospect who has a higher ceiling and could realistically be a franchise quarterback. What makes matters worse, instead of owning the pick and telling everybody how great Jones is, GM Dave Gettleman keeps making excuses why he took him. So not only did they reach on a quarterback that nobody was going to take this high, but they still plan on sitting him for three years.
1st Round, Pick #17: Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
After reaching for Daniel Jones at six the Giants are right back at it again taking a two down run stuffer in the top twenty. I get that a lot of people really like Dexter Lawrence and that he has been a good player at Clemson since his true freshman year, but is a role player really worth the 17th overall pick? Just think, they had Damon Harrison but trade him away and draft Dalvin Tomlinson. Now they are taking Lawrence. Total mismanagement. Now Lawrence is good against the run and can control two gaps, but he doesn’t offer much as a pass rusher and I’m not sure he’ll develop as one either.
1st Round, Pick #30: Deandre Baker CB Georgia
At first it looked as if the Giants were looking to move up to possibility get Jawaan Taylor but instead they take the first cornerback in the draft in Deandre Baker. Cornerback was a big need for the Giants who only had Janoris Jenkins and last year’s supplemental pick Sam Beal who missed the entire 2018 season. The Giants identified Baker as their top guy and moved up to get him. I’m not a huge fan of Baker because he isn’t a great athlete and long speed may be an issue. But he does play the ball well. I just thought there were better prospects and cornerbacks available.
3rd Round, Pick #95: Oshane Ximines DE Old Dominion
After trading away Olivier Vernon the Giants were not left with much for a pass rush. But in James Bettchner’s defense they don’t always use a traditional edge rusher. That being said Bettchner did have Chander Jones in Arizona and then they draft Ximines here. Ximines will likely be used as a situational pass rusher initially but don’t be surprised if they try to convert him to a SLB because lacks the power to hold on the edge on a consistent basis.
4th Round, Pick #108: Julian Love CB Notre Dame
After moving up to get Deandre Baker, the Giants continue to bolster their cornerback group by taking Love here. Love was the Fighting Irish’s best cover corner and had the speed and quickness to stick with receivers but also did well battling with the big bodied JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Love likely is a candidate to move inside and play the slot, but his versatility can allow the Giants to move him where they need him the most. Great value here.
5th Round, Pick #143: Ryan Connelly LB Wisconsin
Linebacker has been ignored for quite a while under the previous regime so there is an opening for someone to come in and get some playing time. Connelly is a tough instinctive linebacker but he really lacks the length and athletic traits of most starters. Connelly is likely a depth player who contributes on special teams.
5th Round, Pick #171: Darius Slayton WR Auburn
After trading away Odell Beckham and replacing him with Golden Tate, the Giants really lack that downfield element that Beckham was able to provide. Darius Slayton is long and has good top end speed which can allow him to be the deep threat that this offense provides. Slayton is also good at back shoulder fades and if he can develop some rapport with Eli he could carve out a role pretty quick.
6th Round, Pick #180: Corey Ballentine CB Washburn
A fast corner with average speed from a small school, Ballentine is a perfect use of late round pick taking someone with upside. However in unfortunate news, Ballentine was shot in an apparent drive by in Topeka Kansas early Sunday morning following the draft. Ballentine was released from the hospital and appears to be ok.
7th Round, Pick #232: George Asafo-Adjei G Kentucky
Asafo-Adjei played tackle at Kentucky but his size and skill set likely push him inside to guard. Playing with a nasty demnor and good athletic traits it’s no wonder why the Wildcats were able to run so effectively this past year. The Giants are set at guard with Kevin Zeitler and Will Hernendez so maybe they can work on Asafo-Adjei at center but if he can just be a quality backup this is a valuable pick.
7th Round, Pick #245: Chris Slayton DT Syracuse
The Giants went local with their final pick taking in state defensive tackle Chris Slayton. Slayton is a quality run defender whose able to take on blocks holding the point of attack. Look for Slayton to work at a defensive end in the Giants 3-4 defense because of his size, length and ability to take up space.
Overall Grade: D
Best Pick: Julian Love
Biggest Reach: Daniel Jones