The Giants watched two potential targets, guard Deonte Brown (193, Carolina) and running back Elijah Mitchell (194, San Francisco) go off the board shortly before their selection.
Brightwell is a 5-foot-10½, 218-pound back who averaged 5.3 yards per carry during his career at Arizona.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic had this to say about Brightwell in his annual draft guide:
Brightwell is an intriguing size/speed back with the one-cut burst to sharply jet away from trouble. However, his run style lacks tempo and his below-average contact balance limits tackle-breaking opportunities despite his developed frame and run toughness. Overall, Brightwell has unreliable tendencies (poor execution in pass pro; five fumbles in 2020) and lacks an established body of work, but he is an athletic slasher with receiving upside and traits that also translate to special teams.
Giants round-by-round draft selections
Round 1 (No. 20) — Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
Round 2 (No. 50) — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Round 3 (No. 71) — Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
Round 4 (No. 116) — Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa
Round 6 (No. 196) — Gary Brightwell, RB, Arizona
Round 6 (No. 201) —
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