The New York Giants Have One Of The Best Young Defensive Fronts In The NFL

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

The New York Giants had one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2018. For this reason, the Giants totally revamped their defense in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants’ secondary is completely different from last season.

No particular defensive position group excelled for the Giants in 2018. But their best group in 2018 was certainly the young group of defensive linemen, and that group has improved in 2019.

Why The Giants’ Defensive Linemen Are Excellent

Dexter Lawrence:

The Giants had three 1st-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Dave Gettleman drafted an interior defensive lineman with his second 1st-round pick, the 17th pick overall. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence out of Clemson was the pick, and he is expected to make a huge impact on the Giants defense in 2019 and beyond.

Dexter Lawrence is the absolute hog-molliest football player on the Giants’ defense. Lawrence weighs in at a whopping 342 pounds, filling out his tall 6 feet 4-inch frame. Dexter was possibly the best run defending nose tackle in the 2018 draft class.

In three years at Clemson, Dexter totaled 131 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. Additionally, Dexter is an underrated pass-rusher. According to Pro Football Focus, Dexter Lawrence racked up 33 total pressures in 2018 (T12th in draft class) and he also had the third-highest pass rush productivity percentage in the draft class, applying pressure on 13.8% of his snaps.

B.J. Hill:

The Giants’ 3rd-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, B.J. Hill, was one of the best players on the Giants’ defense last year. Hill has some serious star potential.

B.J. Hill is not merely a run stuffer. Hill proved that he is an excellent interior penetrator in 2018. B.J. set a New York Giants franchise record in 2018. His 5.5 sacks were the most ever by a rookie in Giants history since the sack became an official statistic in 1982. The 5.5 sacks were also the fourth most by a rookie this season.

50+ tackles and 5+ sacks put B.J. Hill in elite company. Other notable rookie defensive linemen in NFL history with 50+ tackles and 5+ sacks include J.J. Watt, Ndamukong Suh, Kevin Williams, Justin Smith, Jevon Kearse, Simeon Rice, Charles Haley, and Reggie White.

Dalvin Tomlinson:

Dalvin Tomlinson has been a quietly efficient defensive lineman for the Giants. He is not a flashy player, but he gets the job done. And he gets his job done better than most seem to realize.

Pro Football Focus listed Dalvin Tomlinson as one of the NFL’s secret defensive superstars. Tomlinson ended his 2018 season on an incredibly efficient tackle streak. He had the longest active streak of tackles without a miss with 60. Dalvin has only missed one tackle in his two-year NFL career.

Dalvin clearly learned a lot from former Giants run-stuffing extraordinaire Damon Harrison. He has turned into one of the NFL’s best run-defenders in only two pro seasons. Tomlinson has racked up 24 defensive stops against the run in two years in the NFL. His continued development will make him one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL.

New York Giants: What Massive DT Dexter Lawrence Brings to the Defense

The New York Giants pick Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Measuring in at 6’4″, 342-pounds was New York Giants first-round pick Dexter Lawrance at the NFL Combine. Imagine a bigger Vince Wilfork with similar strength and mobility.

Lawrence is a monster interior defender, working from the inside to attack the quarterback and plug up holes against the run. The Giants drafted him with the 17th overall pick in the draft, one of three first-rounders they used to bolster the team as a whole.

The Clemson product will fit seamlessly into the defensive front. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher features a 3-4 scheme that requires three down lineman and two outside linebackers to rush the passer. It’s very reliant on the defensive lineman to draw multiple blockers and win in the trenches. Lawrence does exactly that as he’s well versed in success coming from a Nation Title winning Clemson, team.

However, many were perplexed at the drafting of Lawrance with Montez Sweat and several premium offensive tackles on the board.

New York Giants’ Dexter Lawrence wants to prove everyone wrong:

“I’m definitely underrated,” he said. “It’s kind of on me to prove myself, right? I’ve always been able to collapse the pocket, now I’m focused on escaping blocks or finishing the plays and things like that.”

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With only 1.5 sacks in 2018, Dexter is still developing his pass-rush. He believes, though, that there’s a ton of potential in that category as he’s fast off the line of scrimmage and can bulldoze through the opposing offensive line.

“The first thing that jumps out about Dexter is he’s a pretty big man,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s a guy that can play the run and rush the passer. When you pick a guy from Clemson, and he’s played on the biggest stage there is in college football… this isn’t going to be too big for him. We’re looking forward to getting him going.”

There’s no question that Bettcher will use the big defensive tackle to the best of his abilities, but staying healthy will be his biggest challenge. The physicality of the NFL and the injuries he picked up while at Clemson might pose a concern, but managing his body and engaging in the proper methods of rejuvenation should aid in his maintainance.

 

New York Giants: The Rookies Have Chosen Their Numbers

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The New York Giants are coming off an important and controversial 2019 NFL Draft. Their rookie class features a lot of defenders, but also a quarterback whom they took with the 6th overall pick, Daniel Jones.

Fans are excited to see these players get in action. Luckily, the fans will not have to wait much longer. The Giants are beginning their rookie minicamp today, Friday, May 3rd. It is a two-day camp so it will run through Saturday, May 4th.

With the rookie minicamp starting this weekend, the rookies needed to officially select their numbers. Here is every rookie’s number heading into the 2019 rookie minicamp:

Rookie Numbers:

Daniel Jones, Quarterback, #8:

Daniel Jones, the 6th overall pick out of Duke will be wearing number 8 with the New York Giants. In college, Jones wore number 17, but that number is already taken by Kyle Lauletta.

Of course, these numbers are subject to change. Nothing is final, so if Lauletta is moved off the roster prior to the regular season, Jones could get his number 17 back.

Daniel Jones is the heir apparent to the Giants’ quarterback position. Number 10 has become an iconic number for the Giants with Eli Manning’s historic career. Let’s all hope that we have the same feelings about number 8 at the end of Daniel Jones’s career (unless Jones switches numbers prior to the start of the regular season).

Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, #97:

The 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Dexter Lawrence, will be wearing number 97 at the rookie minicamp. Lawrence was the Giants’ second pick in the draft.

At Clemson, Lawrence wore number 90. Number 90 is already taken by another young interior defensive lineman, R.J. Mcintosh. Mcintosh was drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

DeAndre Baker, Cornerback, #35:

DeAndre Baker was the Giants’ third pick in the first round. They selected him with the 30th overall pick. DeAndre wore number 18 in college, but in the NFL, defensive backs are not allowed to wear that number. So, instead, Baker will wear number 35.

Number 35 was worn by safety Curtis Riley last season. Riley was not a well-liked player by Giants fans. Hopefully, DeAndre Baker can change the way we view number 35.

Oshane Ximines, Outside Linebacker, #53:

The Giants did not have a 2nd-round pick, but they were lucky enough to have X-man fall to them at the end of the 3rd-round. Oshane Ximines will wear number 53 for the Giants at rookie minicamp. Ximines wore number 7 in college, but that is obviously an invalid number for linebackers in the NFL.

Number 53 is a special number to many Giants fans. Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson wore number 53 with the New York Giants. Oshane Ximines will have big shoes to fill with this number. Many fans believe this number should be retired, so Ximines will need to prove to fans that he is worthy of number 53.

Julian Love, Cornerback, #37:

In the 4th-round of the draft, the Giants got an absolute steal. They selected the underrated cornerback Julian Love out of Notre Dame. Love is considered by many to be a 2nd-round talent, so the Giants were lucky to land him in the 4th round.

Love wore number 27 in college, but that number is already taken by Michael Hunter. Love will still get to rock his number 7, but with a 3 in front instead of a 2.

Ryan Connelly, Linebacker, #57:

Ryan Connelly was drafted by the New York Giants in the 5th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The former high school quarterback will wear number 57 with the Giants. His collegiate number, 43, is already taken by Ronald Zamort.

Darius Slayton, Wide Receiver, #86:

The Giants drafted wide receiver Darius Slayton in the 5th round. He was their second 5th round selection in this year’s draft. Slayton will wear number 86, despite his collegiate number 81 being available.

Corey Ballentine, Defensive Back, #25:

The versatile cornerback/safety Corey Ballentine will don the number 25 with the Giants. He wore number 1 at Washburn, but that is another number that cannot be worn in the NFL at Ballentine’s position group.

George Asafo-Adjei, Offensive Lineman, #78:

Big George was the Giants’ first 7th round pick. George has received a lot of hype from Giants fans as he was the only offensive lineman taken by the Giants in the 2019 NFL Draft. Fans have high hopes for Big George, as we all look forward to seeing him compete for the starting right tackle job.

Chris Slayton, Defensive Tackle, #99:

Slayton was the Giants’ final selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. Interestingly enough, Slayton will wear the final number possible. He wore number 95 at Syracuse, but promising young lineman B.J. Hill already possesses that number.

An interesting thing to note: not a single 2019 Giants draft pick will wear the number they wore in college at rookie minicamp.

What The New York Giants Got In Return From The Odell Beckham Jr. Trade

The New York Giants shocked the NFL world in March when they traded away their star player days before free agency began. The Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after five impressive, yet controversial seasons with the team.

The New York Giants traded Odell in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers and two draft picks (17th overall and 95th overall). Now that the 2019 NFL Draft has concluded, we know exactly what the Giants got in return for Odell. In reality, the Giants got quite a defensive haul.

Jabrill Peppers

The Cleveland Browns drafted safety Jabrill Peppers with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Peppers had an up and down career with the Browns before being traded to the Giants in 2019.

Jabrill played 29 games in two seasons with the Browns. Peppers is a great safety in run support. He totaled 139 tackles in his two seasons with Cleveland. However, he is not just a run defender.

Peppers snagged 1 interception in each of his 2 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was poor in coverage in his rookie season, however, in his second season, Peppers improved greatly. He recorded 5 passes defended in 2018. According to Pro Football Focus, Peppers’s coverage grade jumped to a 77.3 in 2018 after posting a poor coverage grade of 61.7 in his rookie season.

Jabrill Peppers is an extremely versatile safety. In 2018, Peppers played just about every position on defense. He provided the most of his snaps at the free safety position (281 snaps), but he also contributed 172 snaps at linebacker, 133 snaps at edge, and 108 snaps at slot cornerback.

The Giants filled a big hole by trading for Jabrill Peppers. In the 2019 NFL offseason, the Giants saw their star safety Landon Collins walk away in free agency. Collins signed with the division rival Washington Redskins. The Giants replaced Collins with Peppers. Time will tell whether or not this was a good move for Big Blue.

Dexter Lawrence

With the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Dexter Lawrence, an interior defensive lineman from Clemson. Lawrence is a mammoth of a human being. he stands tall at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs a whopping 342 pounds.

In 50 career games at Clemson, Dexter Lawrence totaled 131 tackles. He also had 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Dexter is a powerful lineman who excels in stuffing the run. He demonstrated his strength at the Combine with 36 bench reps.

Lawrence has also flashed the ability to push the pocket and apply interior pressure. If he can slim down a little bit, Dexter could become a versatile, pass-rushing and run-stuffing defensive lineman.

Oshane Ximines

The Giants defense lacks pass rusher, but with the 95th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, they finally got one. Oshane Ximines is the first NFL player to ever be drafted from Old Dominion.

Oshane is a solid pass-rusher with tons of potential. He played 50 games in college and recorded impressive numbers. In 50 games, Oshane totaled 32.5 sacks, 51 tackles for loss, and 176 total tackles. He was productive against the run and as a pass-rusher.

The reason Oshane Ximines fell all the way to the 95th pick is his lack of size. He weighs in at 253 pounds and is listed at 6 feet and 3 inches. This is considered undersized in the NFL at the edge rusher position. Regardless of size, Ximines has the strength and talent to succeed at the next level. If Oshane Ximinez can fill out his frame a bit, he has the potential to be a stud pass-rusher for the Giants over the next decade.

Each of these players’ careers will always be put under a microscope because of their connection to the Odell trade. It will be interesting to look back at the end of these players’ careers and see who won the Odell Beckham trade.