At the time of the 2019 NFL Draft the `consensus feeling of Giants fans and NFL spectators was confusion, disappointment and dread with the selection of Daniel Jones at the 6th pick in the 1st round. This distaste trickled down to the rest of the draft, although most fans came to feel hope and potential for the new Giants.
Where we sit now after the regular season has wrapped up is a place of happiness with the rookies. Of course, we know about the performances of Daniel Jones, 61% completion, 3,027 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Whilst the turnovers, both interceptions and fumbles must be solved, Jones showed his potential by breaking Charlie Connerly’s Giants’ rookie record for passing yards, completions and touchdowns and in Week 16 tied Fran Tarkenton and Deshaun Watson’s shared rookie record with three games with four touchdowns or more. As for the rest of the 2019 class, Darius Slayton led the team in receiving yards (740) and showed off his skills and great rapport with Daniel Jones.
Defensively, up front, linebacker Ryan Connelly displayed excellent play-making and instincts with 20 total tackles and 2 interceptions, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence used a scary combination of size, speed and technique to rack up 24 solo tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Lastly, even the ‘X-Man’ Oshane Ximines thrived on twist stunts and acceleration to put pressure on the quarterback. In the secondary, Deandre Baker struggled greatly in the first half, getting beat easily in zone coverage’s, however he recovered as the season progressed, showing progress in his coverage skills at the NFL level and good tackling ability in the second level. In the case of CB Julian Love, once he was awarded significant playing time he played aggressive and energetic, highlighted by 29 solo tackles and 6 tackles for loss.
The New York Giants 2019 draft pool have exceeded expectations and gives the franchise something to build on as well as the fans something to look forward to. `Safe to say I and many others were wrong about Gettleman’s choices in the spring but more importantly they have become his leading case to keep his job going into 2020.
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