Undrafted Free Agent Wide Receivers
The undrafted free agent wide receivers are a group to keep an eye on at training camp. The Giants signed three notable undrafted wide receivers: Austin Mack, Derrick Dillon, and Binjimen Victor.
The Giants’ starting receivers in 2020 will be Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, and Golden Tate. But the fourth wide receiver slot is wide open. Corey Coleman is the favorite to earn that spot on the depth chart, but Giants fans should know better than anyone that an undrafted free agent could quickly impress and rise up a team’s depth chart, see Victor Cruz.
Benjamin Victor is arguably the most exciting receiver in the undrafted group. He is 6’5”, played at Ohio State for four years. According to Pro Football Focus, Victor is “NFL-ready from a technical standpoint, but he’s still underdeveloped physically.” They also state that the playing strength of NFL corners is going to be a problem for Victor.
Binjimen totaled 1,276 yards in his final three collegiate seasons along with 17 touchdowns. Victor was a big-play threat, averaging at least 15 yards per reception in every season he played. What we have seen of Victor is limited, though. He had only 83 total touches in his collegiate career, so it is very unlikely he’d be prepared for a full workload as a rookie in the NFL.
Binjimen Victor is not the only undrafted wide receiver that the Giants signed from Ohio State. They also signed Austin Mack, who had an even smaller role in the Buckeyes’ offense over the past four years. Mack had 79 career receptions at Ohio State and totaled 1,050 yards and 6 touchdowns.
According to Pro Football Focus, Mack was targeted an average of 13.52 yards downfield but managed just 1.56 yards per route run in his college career. Mack was considered to be an excellent route runner in college. He also has arm length in the 91st percentile and 10” hands. He’s not the fastest or most athletic guy, but his precision route running and ideal body type could get him a roster spot. Mack also has the ability to make some pretty spectacular contested catches.
Derrick Dillon is the third notable undrafted free agent wide receiver that the Giants signed. Dillon ran a 4.29 time in the 40-yard dash at LSU’s pro day. He’s a speedy, athletic receiver that could contribute at least on special teams if he is not able to win a roster spot as a receiver. His speed makes him a viable kick-return option. In 30 games with the LSU Tigers, Dillon caught 51 passes and totaled 634 yards and 4 touchdowns.