There is no doubt that the New York Giants were winners in the NFL draft. Schoen had a strong showing at the GM position in his first draft. The Giants were able to steal two HUGE names off the board at #5 and #7 and had solid picks in the later rounds as well. Here is a deeper look at the importance of their picks. How did Daboll and Schoen do in their first NFL draft together? and How will these new guys add value to the team?
Round 1 Pick 5 – Giants Take, Kayvon Thibodeaux (A-)
The Giants scooped up EDGE rusher from Oregon, Kayvon Thibodeaux with the fifth pick in the draft. The highlight of Thibodeaux’s scouting report is his impressive athletic profile. Scouts say he has an amazing first step and his ability to explode out of his stance is nightmare fuel for opposition offensive linemen. Many Big Blue fans thought New York may have reached with this pick, but this kid is a tremendous athlete with lots of raw talent and athleticism. This is an A- pick solely on the fact that he most definitely would have been available at #7. Not a reach, in my opinion, Thibodeaux is a speedy rusher who showcases excellent run defense. Great way to start the night off for the Giants.
Round 1 Pick 7 – Giants Take, Evan Neal (A+)
The Giants finally addressed their OT problem in this year’s draft. They were able to steal TWO top five players on the big board with the fifth and seventh pick which was critical. Evan Neal is a monster on the O-Line weighing in at nearly 360 pounds! Neal is also able to use his length to guide defenders around the outside track and away from his quarterback. Neal will be a force and make an impact right away. The Nick Saban product can shock his opponent with violence and power in his hands when he gets to their chest plate. Meanwhile, those same attributes ensure that he can overwhelm past rushers’ attempts to get their hands anywhere near the same spot on his own body. Evan Neal is nothing but a beast. This was Schoen and the Giants’ best pick throughout the three nights.
Round 2 Pick 43 – Wan’Dale Robinson (D-)
Not a huge fan of this Wan’Dale Robinson pick at 43. Instead of drafting a starter such as a new safety, tight end, or linebacker, the Giants took a 5’8 slot receiver. Although he is coming off a monster season at Kentucky with 7 touchdowns, he also is accounted for 7 drops. Not a big need for a guy like Robinson and I cannot see him playing on this team next season where he will be behind the 2021 first-rounder, Kadarius Toney. Not a fan of this second-round pick by the Big Blue.
Round 3 Pick 67 – Joshua Ezeudu (A-)
Another great selection by the Giants. Ezeudu is a flexible offensive lineman with lots of upsides. For starters, he can block in the RPO, where QB1, Daniel Jones shines. Although he will have to work hard for that left-guard starting spot, a tough kid like Ezeudu will persevere and win the coaches over. He has an impressive frame and a solid build that will help this kid thrive on the Giants.
Round 3 Pick 81 – Cordale Flott (C)
The Giants have now picked a slot corner in three straight drafts. Flott has quick feet and pure athleticism that could help him thrive in the NFL. He is the most improved player in college football and with hopes of continuing to improve on the Giants. Despite his athleticism, Flott, who made one interception in 35 career games, was a consensus fourth- or fifth-rounder who looks like a reach.