New York Giants: Julian Love Still In Plans After Xavier McKinney Pick

New York Giants, Julian Love, DeAndre Baker, Julian Love

The New York Giants drafted Xavier McKinney to be their safety of the future, and it looks like that’s what they’re getting out of the rookie from the same college program that not too long ago produced Landon Collins. With Antoine Bethea gone from the safety position it looks like McKinney is going to move right into his former spot next to Jabrill Peppers, which likely dismisses the chances of second year player Julian Love getting the spot instead.

Love was previously the favorite to take up a starting spot at safety, before the Draft changed things by introducing a new player to the competition. Mainly, this was because of Love breaking out in the second half of the 2019 season to get more playing time and impress coaches – he had five starts last season as a rookie, with an interception and 37 tackles and one fumble forced. In addition, five of those tackles were for a loss.

While it looks like McKinney is going to be the starter out of the two, those contributions are still enough for Love to land an important role this season.

“Julian has a great skill set. He can play corner, he can play in the slot and he can play back deep as a safety,” said head coach Joe Judge about the situation, on Friday. “We are going to use him as we need by each game plan. He may be an every-down safety, he may be an-every down corner.”

With safety addressed, it seems like corner is a bigger need for the Giants secondary right now, even if they did find their main man at the spot with James Bradberry.

“Nothing has been decided in terms of positions that will go into a depth chart at this point and nothing has been decided in how we are going to use guys by game plan. That will change week to week. We believe we have enough skillsets that it will give us flexibility within our packages,” continued Judge.

Considering how the Giants under Joe Judge haven’t even acknowledged Daniel Jones as the starter at quarterback yet, it makes sense that the winner of the position battle at safety won’t be announced anytime soon. If there is an official decision made publicly, it will likely be after the Giants are able to get back to training in-person, and the staff is given a chance to work with these new players in a more hands on way.

New York Giants Undrafted Free Agent Tracker (Live)

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ESM will keep you updated on the undrafted players signing with the New York Giants beyond the 255 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

TEMPLE – OLB Dana Levine

Levine is a senior who posted solid numbers in 2019 – 32 total tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and 5.5 sacks.

OHIO STATE – WR Austin Mack

Mack is a senior who pasted 361 yards and three scores in 2019. Sold frame at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds.

DARTMOUTH – EDGE Niko Lalos

Lalos is a senior who was named to the All-Ivy League First-Team in 2019 after ranking among the top five in the Ivy League in both sacks (second, 0.55 per game) and tackles for a loss (fifth, 1.0 per game).

OHIO STATE – WR Binjimen Victor

Victor is a big body wideout at 6-foot-4, 199 pounds. He posted 573 yards and 6 scores in 2019, showing production in the red zone. He also averaged 16.4 yards per reception, a lofty number.

MARYLAND – RB Javon Leake 

Leake is a junior from Maryland who posted 736 yards and 8 TDs in 2019 as a junior. His 7.2 yards per carry is impressive.

RHODE ISLAND – OL Kyle Murphy 

Murphy is a former 1st team offensive player in 2018. At 6-foot-4 and 302 pounds, he has solid size.

LSU – WR Derrick Dillon 

Dillon posted only 202 yards and two scores in 2019, and at 5-foot-11, 186 pounds he is a smaller pass catcher. He played on an extremely talented LSU team and might have had more opportunities to shine elsewhere.

Simon Fraiser – WR Rysen John 

Northern Arizona – QB Case Cookus 

South Carolina – TE Kyle Markway 

Louisville – OL Tyler Haycraft 

Hampton – CB Christian Angulo 

North Carolina – OLB Dominique Ross

Mississippi State – DB JaQuarius Landrews

Central Methodist – DB Malcolm Elmore

New York Giants draft Georgia LB Tae Crowder – what does he bring to the team?

New York Giants, Tae Crowder

Taking a look at Georgia LB Tae Crowder, drafted by the New York Giants with the 255th overall pick:

With the Mr. irrelevant pick and 255th selection in the 2020 NFL draft, the New York Giants elected linebacker Tae Crowder out of Georgia.

USA TODAY’s Draft Wire ranks Crowder inside the top 20 NFL draft prospects at the linebacker position for this class. He is an unsung hero for the Bulldogs, having been a last-minute addition to their 2015 signing class.

During his three years as a starter, Crowder tallied 122 tackle and two turnovers in the process. He is a pure developmental player but he’s one of the hardest hitting linebackers in college football.

Another pure competitor and potential roster spot player for the Giants to maximize during training camp. In 2019, he logged 62 total tackles and four tackles for loss.

His stats don’t necessarily stand out, but he is one of the more experienced players in the SEC and Georgia team, making him a solid grab with the last pick in the NFL draft.

New York Giants draft Minnesota CB Chris Williamson – what does he bring to the team?

New York Giants, Chris Williamson

Taking a look at Minnesota cornerback Chris Williamson, drafted by the New York Giants with the 243rd overall pick:

The Giants added another nickel corner in Chris Williamson out of Minnesota. He’s a feisty defender who can play in zone coverage and is willing to jam at the line of scrimmage as well. He has solid size and ample speed to stick with receivers on the interior.

Williamson has the athleticism to compete at a quality level for the Giants and will likely fight for a roster spot and potentially starting reps for the future. The Giants also drafted UCLA corner Darnay Holmes, who is projected as one of the draft’s best slot options.

Despite Williamson’s solid aggressiveness and physical traits, he has problematic tackling technique and anticipating plays. He has zero red flags and is more a product of poor fundamentals. Head coach Joe Judge has made it a priority to focus on fundamentals specifically, so Williamson could be an excellent sleeper pick in the seventh round.

New York Giants: What does new draft pick T.J. Brunson bring to the team?

New York Giants, T.J. Brunson

Taking a look at TJ Brunson and what he offers the New York Giants as a seventh-round pick:

The New York Giants landed South Carolina inside linebacker TJ Brunson with the 238th overall pick. Another seventh-rounder who can compete for a roster spot and potentially make an impact on special teams.

With South Carolina, Brunson logged 77 total tackles, six tackles for loss, and one interception. As a senior, he comes with experience and knowledge in the middle of the defense.

Brunson is a solid athlete with capable range. He lacks size but doesn’t stray away from matching up with blockers. He has an aggressive mentality that needs to match up to his physical traits.

He’s aggressive on blitzes but is slow to diagnose plays and play downhill as a linebacker. He’s not explosive nor quick in his motions, but he could compete for a special team spot.

New York Giants land OLB Carter Coughlin with 218th overall pick – here’s what you need to know

New York Giants, Carter Coughlin

The New York Giants secured Carter Coughlin, outside linebacker out of Minnesota with the 218th overall pick.

The New York Giants went with back to back outside linebackers in the later rounds —  Penn State defender Cam Brown and Minnesota pass rusher, Carter Coughlin. Coughlin is a senior for Minnesota, weighing in at 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds.

He had a speedy 40-yard dash of the NFL combine at 4.57. He’s a bit small for an edge defender at the NFL level, but he plays with a high football IQ and motor to help them produce.

He does have a nice blend of pass rush movies but just lacks the strength to beat tackles at times. He’s proactive in his approach, and his intelligence allows him to compensate for his lack of size at times.

His ability to get into the backfield and create turnovers is one stand out factor that he brings to the table: his three forced fumbles and 9.5 tackles for loss last season glow on his stat sheet.

His lack of size and play strength severely limits his potential, but if he can gain some mass, he could end up being a solid rotational player for the Giants. In addition, he lacks the necessary bend to break down tackles on speed rushes. However, he is agile and can use that to his advantage. I anticipate him featuring as a special teams alternative for the time being, but the Giants found a developmental player who can leave an impact in a few years, hopefully.

NFL Draft: New York Jets draft P Braden Mann with penultimate pick

The Jets bolstered their special teams on Saturday, taking record-breaking punter Braden Mann with the No. 191 pick.

With the 191st pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected punter Braden Mann out of Texas A&M.

With Lac Edwards unsigned, and former Pittsburgh camp invitee Ian Berryman the only punter on the roster, the Jets brought in the record-breaker from College Station. Mann was widely believed to be the top punting prospect during in the lead-up to the draft, and he had the hardware to prove. In addition to unanimous All-American honors in his 2018 junior season, Mann took home that year’s Ray Guy Award (given to the nation’s best punter) and also reached the All-SEC team twice.

Mann also broke several records during his time as an Aggie. His average of 50.9 earned last season was the best in NCAA history, as were his 14 punts of at least 60 yards.

The Jets previously selected a Texas A&M punter during the draft proceedings in 1969. That specialist, Steve O’Neal, went on to boot the longest punt in NFL history, a 98-yard history maker against Denver.

Barring future developments, the Jets’ next selection will be their last of the 2020 slate.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Giants select LB Cam Brown out of Penn State – here’s what you need to know

New York Giants, Cam Brown

With the 183rd pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the New York Giants selected Cam Brown, LB from Penn State. The 2020 draft so far has been awsome for the Giants. Joe Judge and Dave Gettleman are doing a great job filling the holes the Giants have needed for years on both sides of the ball.

What you need to know 

Cam Brown is 6’5″,  233 Ibs, has great closing speed, and uses his length to his advantage. Brown is a perfect size linebacker that can make an impact from day one. The Giants needed to add depth to their linebacker chart and certainly did with this pick.

Some of his strengths

Brown is a guy who does an above-average job of covering ground laterally, something the Giants haven’t had in an LB in years. Brown is refined in recognizing the run and taking great angles on outside or inside run plays.

This is a guy who is looking for action, Brown loves to fly around the field and make players pay for coming down his lane. He also brings the boom, not afraid to give it his all and run full speed into players. The biggest strength is how Brown has the ability to be used in blitz packages.

It doesn’t matter if its right up the gut, or even from the slot. This is something the Giants haven’t had in years, a linebacker than get make the quarterback feel uncomfortable in the pocket.

What Brown Needs to work on 

Brown has a great body frame, but it would benefit him if he added on some more muscle. Brown also needs to play more under control, sometimes he gets too aggressive and over pursues plays. He does a great job of getting to the right spot, but eventually overruns plays and basically takes himself out of plays. Could work on his zone coverage, is average in that category. A big concern is his open-field tackling, something than can be fixed but will take some time.

What potential does Brown have?

Brown is a player that might not be a day one starter but can climb his way into a starting role. If Brown works hard this offseason to get bigger and works on playing more disciplined football, you will be seeing a lot of him. This kid has so much potential with his size and closing speed, something the Giants have been searching for. GM Dave Gettleman and coach Joe Judge may have just found a true gem in the sixth round.

NFL Draft: New York Jets select Virginia CB Bryce Hall

Entering the second half of their Saturday selections, the New York Jets made Virginia cornerback Bryce Hall their fourth pick of the day.

With their fourth of six late selections, the New York Jets added cornerback Bryce Hall out of Virginia with the 158th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Hall missed most of his senior season in Charlottesville after undergoing ankle surgery. He nonetheless was able to make a name for himself during his junior year, tallying 21 pass breakups, good for best in the nation and the 13th-best single-season mark in NCAA history. Overall, Hall tallied 38 pass breakups to accompany 154 tackles and five interceptions during his time as a Cavalier.

The cornerback becomes the Jets’ first Virginia alum taken in the draft since 2013’s fifth-round tackle Oday Aboushi.

Barring any trades, the Jets have two more picks to work with on Saturday. They next pick in the 191st slot before potentially ending the afternoon at No. 211 with a pick acquired from Kansas City.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Mets: Does Pete Alonso have what it takes to be captain one day?

New York Mets, Pete Alonso

In a matter of a few months, New York Mets‘ slugger Pete Alonso was crowned the NL Rookie of the Year, the league’s home run king with a record for rookies (53 blasts), he has brought joy to a longtime Mets fan, he has crashed a Zoom high school class, he has created his own foundation to help in times of crisis, and he has managed to captivate an entire city.

The Mets’ first baseman plays with passion and joy and his confidence, passion and leadership leave us all wondering: is he future Mets’ captain material? All of those traits remind us to a team legend: David Wright.

Whereas Twitter didn’t exist when Wright broke into the scene, Alonso has taken that resource to his advantage, constantly interacting with fans. He even popularized a hashtag to support the New York Mets: #LFGM.

All of that has created a background voice among fans that is slowly, but surely growing: his case to be captain some day is beginning to materialize.

The last Mets’ captain, Wright, spoke about the subject on the Metrospective Podcast with Pete McCarthy and Tim Britton.

“It seems like he’s got a big personality. It seems like he’s genuine when he opens his mouth. It seems like he’s gonna be able to back up what he did his rookie year for years to come,” Wright said, cited by SNY. “I think it starts with producing on the field, and he’s certainly proven that he’s the type of guy that you can build around — slot him in the middle of the lineup and he’ll be a run-producing machine.”

“I get asked all the time, ‘what does it take to be named captain’ or ‘what does it take to become a leader?’ I think the answer is fairly easy, (it’s) just be genuine, just be yourself. And if your teammates start looking at you in that regard, that’s how you gain the respect of that clubhouse.”

Leading the Mets by example

For years, Wright was a star on the field. However, he also led the Mets by example, something that Derek Jeter did in his time with the Yankees.

“It isn’t going around and being the loudest guy or being the biggest talker or anything like that,” Wright said. “It’s just being genuine. … the guys that I looked up to as a rookie or my first couple of years were guys that led by example. Put the work in behind the scenes. If something needed to be said, pulling them aside — not in front of the cameras and the media. And dealing with your business that way. So those were the types of guys that I followed when I was a younger player and that’s the type of leader that I wanted to be.”

“I was gonna go out there and play the game hard, play the game the right way, prepare correctly, and hopefully guys followed that.”