The New York Giants selected Ryan Connelly, an inside linebacker from Wisconsin, in Round 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Saturday, 143rd overall.
In his draft guide, Dane Brugler of The Athletic says:
Connelly has little margin for error with his skill-set, but he is an instinctive hunter with the special teams mentality that will give him a chance to make the 53-man roster.
Connelly was graded as a potential second-day pick entering the season but watched his play level off. He has the size and speed to start at the next level but must get his game back on track and show improvement from his junior season.
Ryan Connelly: "It's pretty surreal going form being a HS QB walking on at Wisconsin to getting to play LB for the Giants."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) April 27, 2019
So Giants have drafted TWO college walk-on QBs.
Wisconsin LB Ryan Connelly said NFL teams praised him for his overall play recognition, ability to trust his reads and react early in the play. And his tape shows exactly that. pic.twitter.com/VKMlzelvlB— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) March 25, 2019
The full list of picks by the Giants is below.
Giants draft picks
Round 1 (No. 6) -- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Round 1 (No. 17) -- Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
Round 1 (No. 30) — Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Round 3 (No. 95) -- Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
Round 4 (No. 108) — Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Round 5 (No. 143) -- Ryan Connelly, LB, Wisconsin
Round 5 (No. 171) --
Round 6 (No. 180) --
Round 7 (No. 232) --
Round 7 (No. 245) --
“Big-time playmaker”— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) April 27, 2019
From one playmaker to another, @jimleonhard knows that the @Giants just drafted themselves a good one
Proud of you, Ryan! Congrats!#OnWisconsin // #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/JQsZKxFeNO
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