The New York Giants waited more than four hours on Friday to make one selection on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft, taking Old Dominion EDGE Oshane Ximines with the 95th overall pick. [Fans like the pick | Why the Giants chose Ximines]
Saturday, Day 3 of the draft, will be much different. Waiting won’t be a problem. The Giants have six picks (Nos. 108, 143, 171, 180, 232 and 245) over the draft’s final four rounds. Thus, they’re schedule to add a half-dozen players in roughly that same four-hour span.
How will GM Dave Gettleman handle the final day of the draft?
Gettleman, as GM of the Carolina Panthers, showed a proclivity for moving up in the draft to select targeted players. He showed a similar willingness on Thursday night, giving up three of the 12 picks he started the draft with to move up to No. 30 and select cornerback Deandre Baker.
Rest assured, Gettleman will move around the board Saturday if the need arises. He sounded Friday night, though, like he really wanted to hold on to the Giants first three picks (Round 4 -- 108, Round 5 — 143, Round 5 — 171.)
The GM said the Giants decided to “hold our water” in Round 3 “because of what our board looks like.”
“The draft is really, it is a full draft. There are guys in the fourth and fifth rounds that we really like, and we still have third-round guys available,” Gettleman said. “Right now, as the mood moves us, I don’t know that we’re going to move around right now — I’d like to sit and take the three picks — I don’t want to move the fours and the fives, as of right now, but who knows.”
Positions to target
The Giants have added a quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones and three defensive players to a unit that needed a talent infusion with their first four picks.
Pure need would dictate that the Giants find an offensive tackle, perhaps a wide receiver and continue to add defensive talent over the draft’s final day.
The Big Blue View Big Board indicates that by our grades there are two players remaining with first-round grades — wide receiver Hakeem Butler and safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. A third player, Texas defensive lineman Charles Omenihu, has a Round 1-2 grade.
During a pre-draft podcast, Matt Waldman of The Rookie Scouting Portfolio told us that the 6-foot-5 3/8, 227-pound Butler would be “an amazing pick” for the Giants — as early as the 17th overall selection.
Gettleman was asked specifically about addressing the right tackle situation, where our board has David Edwards of Wisconsin and Oli Udoh of Elon as the top remaining values.
“What I’ll say is, it’s where the value of the board is. When we were picking at 17, after Dexter [Lawrence], the defensive tackle group was falling down the floor,” Gettleman said. “To answer your question, there’s still tackles on the board we like.”