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New York Giants Draft Grade

The New York Giants in the first round with pick number 20 took Kadarius Toney, the wide receiver out of Florida. He's six feet tall and 193 pounds. This is a guy is electric, and I mean a really electric wide receiver. He's explosive, he's shifty. He showed improvement, every season while he was at Florida, you got to love that about a guy who just continued to get better every time he was on the field. He always came to play and always brought it. He's a guy who plays a bigger than his size. A physical player and a big time playmaker. The one knock on him is that he dealt with injuries, I think it's somewhat of a red flag, but I talked about his toughness because he was a really tough wide receiver who actually played through a lot of those injuries while he was at Florida, I definitely love that about him. He's a sharp kid and a intelligent football player. He does need to become a complete route runner. That's one red flag as well but  I think he can work on at the next level. So I don't think it's a huge detriment to his game. Toney is just awesome in the open field and he's got incredible open field vision. He's a yards after the catch, Beast! This guy can take a short catch a small gain and turn it into a big home run. And he also adds value as a punt returner, which is something I love because I love guys that add value on special teams as well. This guy's a prototypical slot NFL wide receiver. There's a lot to like about Kadarius Toney; explosive tough, playmaker, that can really shred the middle of the defense and underneath. He's going to be a day one starter for the Giants in that slot position and I think he's an ideal slot receiver that can really give them an instant spark in this offense.

In the second round, with the 50th pick overall, the New York Giants took Azeez Ojulari. He's six foot two and 249 pounds. He's an edge defender from Georgia. This is a guy, we've talked about on the podcast a little bit when I did my draft big board episode. He's a natural pass rusher that has a ton of natural ability. Off The Charts quickness off the ball, I mean this guy really explodes off the snap. He has NFL size, strength and athletic ability. He has the speed to chase down backside running backs. Ojulari has an awesome ability to close the gap between himself and the quarterback. Coaches rave about his character and his leadership and say he's a hard worker, you gotta love that about him. Now the big red flag for him is he's a very raw prospect that needs to develop his pass rush moves. He wins on athletic ability, a little too often, so he's not a polished prospect, if you will, but he should become a complete three down player because he's good against the run as well as being a pass rusher. He is an awesome talent. Azeez Ojulari has just incredible athletic ability and is a huge upside player who could develop into a star in two to three years from now. I don't think he's a guy that's going to give you 10-12 sacks year one, but he's a guy that certainly could by year two or three. He is a perfect fit for Patrick Graham's 3-4 defense that made huge improvements for the New York Giants last year, a unit that really stepped up big. Ojulari was 24th on my big board, so for New York to get him at the 15th overall pick I think is outstanding value. And for the second straight year, the New York Giants, get a first round talent in the second round, so you've got to love this pick by the Giants. This was just another really solid draft by Dave Gettleman. He's a guy that's gotten a lot of heat over the years for some of his draft choices, but I really like what he's done since he's been in New York. I like their first two picks and I also like cornerback Aaron Robinson from UCF. Robinson transferred from Alabama and  really played at a high level. He's a really good athlete and I thought that was a good value pick. Dave Gettleman traded out of pick number 11 to pick number 20 with the Bears. I think passing on a chance to take Micah Parsons, or Rashawn Slater two great prospects at positions of need for New York could be something that could come back to haunt this team, but they secured a first round pick in the 2022 class, which will be a historically deep NFL draft, so I understand the trade and it could pay off in the long run. Time will tell which decision was the right one, but all in all, this was a very solid draft class for the G-Men and I'm going to give them a "B+"

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