New York Giants: Top News 5/28 – Oshane Ximines the next big thing?

New York Giants rookie, Oshane Ximines.

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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.

Nonetheless–

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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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.