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NFL Draft results: New York Giants select Arizona RB Gary Brightwell No. 196 in Round 6

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The New York Giants on Saturday selected Arizona running back Gary Brightwell No. 196 overall in Round 6 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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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