Fans and analysts are trying to figure out who the New York Giants will draft with the fourth overall pick. The G-Men have so many holes, they will need to find success picking in later rounds as well. Just like they did in 2019.
It’s another rebuilding offseason for the New York Giants who are still looking to recapture their glory days. The Giants have their future quarterback and running back and seem to finally be ready to emerge from years of subpar seasons.
The G-Men have been able to find success on day two and three of the draft in the past. The fifth round was good for the Giants in 2019. They were able to find a number two receiver in Darius Slayton and a starting middle linebacker in Ryan Connelly.
Fellow rookie Daniel Jones and Slayton could be the next generation’s Eli Manning and Hakeem Nicks. The duo showed lots of potential when they connected on the field. With increased playing time due to Sterling Shepard missing multiple games with multiple concussions, Slayton was able to shine.
The former Auburn receiver slipped in the draft because scouts were worried about his hands and his drop rate. He certainly put those concerns to rest last year. With the Giants handing the reigns over to Jones early in the season, it was clear he found his guy. Slayton finished the season pulling in 48 receptions for 740 yards, with eight touchdown catches.
Connelly suffered a core muscle injury that ended his collegiate career at Wisconsin early, making teams wary of drafting him. He was off to a solid start with the Giants before surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee ended his rookie campaign after just four games. In those four games, he amassed 20 tackles and two interceptions.
Overall, there was nothing to be excited about from the Giants linebackers last season, but Connelly did provide a glimmer of hope. With Alec Ogletree gone, the second-year man will team with new free agent signee Blake Martinez in the middle of Big Blue’s defense.
For perspective, the New York Giants have had success drafting what would now be known as Day 3 players. Among them are:
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- Mario Manningham – 2007, 3rd round, 95th overall
- Brandon Jacobs – 2005, 4th round, 110th overall
- David Diehl – 2003, 5th round, 160th overall
- Jessie Armstead – 1993, 8th round, 207th overall
- Keith Hamilton – 1992, 4th round, 99th overall
- Dave Meggett – 1989, 5th round, 132nd overall
- Howard Cross – 1989, 6th round, 158th overall
- Mark Bavaro – 1985, 4th round, 100th overall
- George Martin – 1975, 11th round, 262nd overall
There are good players in the later rounds. It’s up to New York Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman and the scouting staff to find them. Hopefully, they can turn up more diamonds in the rough this year as well.
By the way, Slayton and Connelly weren’t the only third-day draft picks from last year who played well. There were also Oshane Ximines, Julian Love, and Corey Ballentine the Giants third. fourth, and seventh rounds respectively.