As the new rookie class for the New York Giants wraps up camp, the veterans on the team are enjoying their final weeks before their season finally begins. The fresh faces around the Giants’ facilities have already begun to change the attitude and atmosphere with and around the organization.
The rookie class included Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Lorenzo Carter, B.J. Hill, R.J. McIntosh, and Kyle Lauletta.
Which one of those players is the most underrated?
The usual positions that receive the most attention are running backs, offensive lineman, quarterbacks, and even linebackers — All ahead of the lowly defensive tackles.
North Carolina State DT B.J. Hill was one of the sneakiest and most valuable selections for the Giants in the third-round. His skill-set and ability against the run is impressive, and he will only see himself develop even further in his first NFL season.
But why is he the most underrated?
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Well, a lot of factors go into determining value, but Hill’s are the most intriguing of the bunch. Being that Damon Harrison played a significant amount of snaps in 2017, all while being injured — Hill will take a lot of stress off the former UDFA. Additionally, the NCS product will have the best nose-tackle in the game to teach him the ropes, which improves his overall value.
Big Blue View spoke to Hill about his transition from college:
“It’s been great just coming here and competing with some guys, just learning the defense and doing my job,” Hill said. “It’s not hard because I have been kind of doing the same thing, same defense I had in college, so it’s not bad at all.”
On learning from Damon Harrison:
“ He is one of the best run-stoppers in the league, and I take pride in stopping the run, too,” Hill said. “I want to learn from him.”
Hill already being familiar with the Giants’ defensive playbook gives him a leg up as a rookie. That plays an additional factor in terms of increased value. He will bring a gritty mentality to the defense and a willingness to learn from one of the NFL’s best players.