On Day 1 the New York Giants made most of their selections after selecting quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, and cornerback DeAndre Baker. To secure Baker the Giants traded back into the first round, surrendering a second, fourth, and fifth-round pick. For that reason they only had one selection in the end of the third round which ended up being EDGE defender Oshane Ximines from Old Dominion.
On the final day of the draft the Giants have six selections over the remaining four rounds.
Chris Slayton closes out the draft
The Giants’ final selection of the 2019 NFL Draft (245th overall) was Syracuse defensive lineman Chris Slayton (full post here). Slayton had 15 quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss in 2018.
Offensive Line in the seventh
The Giants took an offensive lineman with their first seventh-round pick (232nd overall), George Asafo-Adjei from Kentucky (full post here). Asafo-Adjei tested as a 55th percentile athlete from his Pro Day after he was not invited to the combine. Per Pro Football Focus allowed two sacks on 283 pass blocking snaps in 2018.
Another corner with Corey Ballentine
For the third time in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Giants took a cornerback. This time it was Corey Ballentine out of Washburn (full post here). Ballentine is a phenomenal athlete. He ran a 4.47 at the combine and tested in the 95th percentile among NFL cornerbacks per SPARQ with the longest broad jump at the position.
Giants go wide receiver with Darius Slayton
With the 171st overall pick, their second in the fifth-round, the Giants added another wide receiver to the rotation, Auburn’s Darius Slayton (full pick here). He’s a potential burner (4.39 40 at the combine). His overall production isn’t impressive — 661 yards on 71 targets in 2018 — but when adjusting for the rest of the Auburn offense, he looks better with 2.73 Target Yards Added.
Ryan Connelly the first pick in the fifth
Wisconsin linebacker Ryan Connelly was the Giants’ first fifth-round pick, 142nd overall (full story here). Connelly tested as a slightly above average athlete at the combine (4.66 40 and 59th SPARQ percentile). He was a relatively heavy blitzer (22.5 percent) with an impressive pressure rate (21.4 percent), per Sports Info Solutions. He also has a fairly interesting coverage split:
Ryan Connelly's coverage stats have quite the split. @SportsInfo_SIS had him with a 71.4% completion rate allowed, but just 3.9 yards per target on 14 passes in 2018.— Dan Pizzuta (@DanPizzuta) April 27, 2019
Giants draft Julian Love
With the 108th selection, the Giants’ first fourth-round pick, they took cornerback Julian Love from Notre Dame (full story here). We had Love with a second-round grade on the Big Blue View Big Board. During his career at Notre Dame, Love had 39 passes defensed and last season he allowed a 45.9 percent completion percentage for just 5.3 yards per target, Per Sports Info Solutions.
Giants considered moving up for Ximines
As Friday night’s third round unfolded, the Giants considered trading up a few spots from No. 95 for EDGE defender Oshane Ximines. Ultimately, GM Dave Gettleman stayed where he was.
“As the board was breaking, we started talking with about 14 or 15 picks left,” Gettleman said. “Bottom line is, we were thinking about trading up, but I said no, we’ll hold our water because I didn’t want to give up our four (fourth-round pick) or two fives (fifth-round pick) for tomorrow, because of what our board looks like. So, he was a target for sure.”
Here are all of the picks the Giants have on Day 3:
No. 232 (from Minnesota Vikings)
No. 245 (from Los Angeles Rams)
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