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NFL draft grades 2016: How did Giants do Saturday?

Let's see how NFL analysts grade the New York Giants' Day 3 selections in the NFL Draft.

South Carolina v Clemson
B.J. Goodson makes a play vs. South Carolina
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How did the New York Giants fare in the final round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday? Let's go pick-by-pick and see what draft grades a variety of analysts gave each pick.

Round 4 -- B.J. Goodson, LB, Clemson

Walter Football gave the pick a B+:

B.J. Goodson had a ton of buzz in the lead-up to the 2016 NFL Draft, taking tons of meetings. This is the right spot for him though, and it's hardly a surprise that the Giants chose a linebacker, as they have one of the worst situations at the position in the NFL. A solid tackler, Goodson should be able to compete for a starting job right away.

A defense that gave up well over 400 yards/game last season can use all the help it can get, particularly in the middle of their linebacking corps. Goodson is a downhill thumper who will get a chance to compete for significant playing time this year. -Mark Dulgerian

CBS Sports: A-

Team captain and defensive play-caller. A bit inconsistent in coverage is a great run-stopper and may earn playing time right away.


Goodson didn't become a full-time starter until his senior year, but he made the most of the opportunity by leading Clemson in tackles. He doesn't move as well on tape as his test results would suggest and he has limitations in coverage, but he shows good range and limits production after the catch in zone. He's at his best defending the run. Goodson is stout at the point of attack when teams run at him, he shows above-average range in pursuit and he's an above-average tackler. -- Steve Muench

Fifth round -- Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA

CBS Sports: A-

A two-year bell cow for UCLA, Perkins has good vision and will get some carries this season for the Giants.


While he gives the Giants six running backs on their roster, I think Perkins offers something the other five don't -- specifically, a hyper-quick shiftiness that breaks defenders' ankles and forces missed tackles. Like any fifth-round pick, he's going to have to work his way up the depth chart and contribute on special teams. But it's not insane to think he could move past the likes of Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Bobby Rainey and Orleans Darkwa with a strong camp and first couple of months. -- Dan Graziano

The Giants' backfield was a turnstile of mediocre RB play last season. The elusive Perkins may not be a bell cow, and they may be okay with that, but his slashing style should provide a spark. --Mark Dulgerian

Walter Football: A

We heard some teams considering Paul Perkins in the third or fourth rounds, so this is great value for the Giants. Perkins, who can play all three downs, seems to have found a nice home with the Giants, where he could emerge as the starter in the near future, partly because of the team's issues at the position.

Round 6 -- Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

CBS Sports: C-

A good athlete for the position with below-average blocking ability and struggles with contested catches. Athleticism got him drafted.


He's a 6-foot-5, 247-pound former basketball player who fits the size profile of the tight ends teams are looking for. He'll have to show he can block in the run game in order to get on the field. But as was the case with fifth-round running back Paul Perkins, he's not staring at any frighteningly immovable obstacles on the Giants' depth chart at his position.