The New York Giants had the fourth pick in this round but because of the Miami and Carolina trades, it’s now sixth. There are some excellent prospects still on the board. The G-Men could do very well if they can pick up an additional pick in the round. I’m committed to drafting a safety with my second-round pick and the top three are available, so trading down and getting that additional pick is the right move.
That lead to the fourth and final deal, which is both a trade down and a significant trade up. As it happens, this is New York’s third trade in 13 months with the Browns.
Xavier McKinney came off the board two picks before New York was back on the clock, so no fooling around here. I was still able to draft the same player, taken in the no-trade mock 34th.
With the ninth pick of the second round in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select safety, Grant Delpit, Louisiana State University.
Another product from LSU Delpit patrolled center field for the Tigers. He is a beast playing downhill against both the run and short pass. Delpit is equally comfortable playing in either man coverage or zone which makes him a fit for any defensive scheme. Giants fans will love his physicality and hard hits on would-be pass catchers.
Acquiring the 53rd pick is going to pay off handsomely. Check off another item on Dave Gettleman’s wish list.
With the 21st pick of the second round in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select center, Lloyd Cushenberry III, Louisiana State University.
The Giants – LSU connection continues with a third straight selection from the National Champions. This time it’s their center. The G-Men decided not to retain Jon Halapio, so the job falls to the man he beat out in each of the previous two training camps, Spencer Pulley. He’s a good player but not the long term solution. Cushenberry can learn behind Pullley before taking over the job late this season or in 2021.
Although not the most agile of centers, Cushenberry is a very strong man who uses his size (6-4, 310-pounds) and arm length as an advantage. He also gets a good first jab on the nose tackle lined up opposite him as fires out after the snap. Cushenberry sets up well in pass protection and works well with his guards on double teams.
"Cushenberry has a solid build and great length for the center position. He is quick off of the ball and shows good overall athleticism for an interior offensive lineman. He shows off his impressive quickness and play speed when blocking at the second level, getting into position quickly and blocking the second-level defender under control. – Dan Schmelzer, NFL Mocks"
He can get knocked backed sometimes. Also, he occasionally lunges at his man, leaving himself off-balance. Strong and experienced defensive tackles will give him trouble at first but, he will learn from his mistakes.