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General manager Dave Gettleman failed to address the defensive line with premium talent this offseason, passing on Kentucky’s Josh Allen in favor of quarterback, Daniel Jones.
However, he did bring in Old Dominion pass-rusher Oshane Ximines, the first ever player to reach the NFL from the forgetful college. Hopes are high for the third-round pick, as Gettleman had a second-round grade on him and so did other managers around the league.
Ximines has an effective counter-punch and can use a variety of moves to beat his assignment. For a small-school product, Oshane has fantastic fundamental moves that can translate at the next level. I anticipate that it will take a year for Ximines to find his sea legs at the professional level, given the physicality and speed differential. The talent he will face will not resemble the talent he dominated in college by even the slimmest of margins.
Adapting will be his goal and should be the priority. I believe he will earn some live-game reps throughout the regular season, but don’t expect him to be a force in the trenches. He relies heavily on bend and speed on the edge – he’s a bit undersized but can make up for it with strength and technique.
There’s reason for excitement when it comes to Ximines, it will be fun watching him progress through the offseason program.
New York Giants top articles of the day:
Dan Benton (Giants Wire) – Senior Bowl executive director offers take on Oshane Ximines, Corey Ballentine
Ryan Dunleavy (NJ.com) – Meet Giants draft pick who could steal starting job if he keeps making James Bettcher break rules
Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: Trusted NFL analyst says Daniel Jones can be great
Dan Benton (Giants Wire) – Giants’ Alex Tanney excited over Daniel Jones’ arrival
John Schmeelk (Giants.com) – Cover 3: Takeaways from Week 1 of OTAs
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