On Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft Dave Gettleman, Joe Judge and the New York Giants continued adding depth on the offensive line and play-makers on the first and second levels of the defense. Now that leaves the Giants pressing needs on the defensive line, fingers crossed for an impact edge rusher to come around soon! However, let’s take a look at the rest of Big Blue’s picks from this past weekend.
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Darnay Holmes, CB UCLA, 5-10 195 lbs
“Pro Way” Darnay Holmes is a raw, athletic cornerback who played 3 years as a Bruin from 2017-2019. His technique is inconsistent and he still has time to progress. He makes up for the inconsistency, late arrival to balls, and getting lost in deep routes with aggressiveness, explosiveness, and good ball skills when he’s there. Holmes’ skills led to 2 interceptions, 6 pass breakups, and 10 tackles.
Here’s a rep in 2018 vs. Arizona State in which Holmes is lined up against current Patriots wide-out N’Keal Harry in single man-coverage. He displays great footwork and speed
If he can clean his game up, combine intangibles with his athleticism, speed, and ball-separation he can be a starting cornerback on the outside for the Giants. For now, he’ll most likely serve in multiple DB packages in the box as well as special teams.
Shane Lemieux, G Oregon, 6-4 310 lbs
After taking Holmes with the 110th pick New York continued to stock up, selecting interior offensive-lineman Shane Lemieux. The Washington Native started for 4 seasons as an Oregon Duck, playing all 52 games at the left guard spot. So that would lead most to believe he fills in as a depth piece at guard for the Giants, right? Well, he could make the move across and improve their center corps, seeing as he does have some center-like tendencies.
The first thing that stands out about Lemieux is his functional strength. He can move his assignments on the inside with ease. This strength combined with above-average mobility allows him to seal blocks well. He is consistent and recovers well with consistent drive through the snap. He’s also able to adapt to flow and keep his eyes downfield. Lastly, Lemieux is aggressive in run defense, initiating contact.
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He was named a first-team All-American as a junior, a second-team All-American as a senior, an AP Pac-12 All-Conference first team as a senior and a senior bowl invitee. Lemieux also finished third among Pac-12 guards with a 75.1 run-blocking grade from PFF and did not allow a pressure, sack or hurry during this year’s Rose Bowl Game. Finally, he is the first NFL draftee with the last name ‘Lemieux’. The list of other athletes with that name include Pittsburgh Penguins all-time forward Mario, it’s a good list.
A Quartet of Linebackers
The Giants drafted a plethora of linebackers on Saturday and some would say it was overkill. Let’s assess the moves. First, Cam Brown from Penn State. Brown showed in his junior season he’s a very sound downfield tackler who’s rangy and can play/move around the box in a 4-3 scheme. He recorded 63 tackles, 3 FF’s and 6 passes defended in 13 total games in that 2018 season. As a senior in 2019, Brown made 12 starts for the Nittany Lions in 2019 and had 72 total tackles, two sacks, four passes defended, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He served as a team captain and was selected to the All-Big 10 third-team.
Brown would benefit from growing into his game and 6-5 frame to become an impact starter. He lacks awareness in the open field in both tackling and zone coverage. However, he’ll have time to expand his game past run defense with outside linebackers Kyle Fackrell and Lorenzo Carter ahead of him on the depth chart. Giants fans will likely see him on 3rd and 4th down in 2020. Looking forward, his athleticism and quickness are both very promising.
The Giants opened their 7th round slate with the selection of Minnesota linebacker Carter Coughlin. No, he is of no relation to former head coach Tom but he is the antithesis of Penn State’s Cam Brown in the sense he is a pure pocket-pusher. Coughlin had 22.5 sacks in 4 seasons as a Gopher. He plays with composure and intent, displaying good play recognition. Coughlin is undersized for a pass-rusher in the NFL and could learn to use his hands better but will have time to develop on special teams. Coughlin’s ceiling in the modern NFL is a down lineman who can drop back into coverage, offering versatility. Additionally, he was a two-time All-Big Ten second-team selection.
Continuing the Trend
New York rounded out the run on linebackers with T.J Brunson, inside linebacker out of South Carolina and the last pick in the draft, but ever so relevant Tae Crowder, another Georgia Bulldog. Brunson was a two time captain for the Gamecocks. He made 283 tackles in a four-year career, along with six sacks, 21 tackles for loss and six passes defended.
Crowder, brings a thick, 6-3 235 lbs frame but doesn’t show the coverage ability to play safety. Both guys will bring leadership and tackling ability to special teams.
Rest of the Pack
With their second to last pick of the seventh round, the Giants took a flyer on cornerback Chris Williamson. They went the entire draft without selecting a running back, wide receiver, or tight end. That came after the draft with multiple signings of UDFA’s. In total, these guys could get a whole write-up but I want to touch on the first three announced.
To start off, Ohio State receiver Binjimen Victor comes in at 6-4 with a 4.6 40 yard dash. Victor is fairly lanky but has a good catch radius and great speed. His athleticism outweighs his production. Next is Austin Mack, another Buckeye. He possesses smooth feet, allowing him to break his routes cleanly and be a good route-runner but is not the best catcher of the football. His career numbers at Ohio State are 79 receptions for 1,050 yards and six touchdowns Lastly, Derrick Dillon comes in out of LSU, running a 4.29 at his pro-day, he’s a burner. All three players have the capabilities to make the roster. I would like to do a future article on their chances individually as we get closer to the season.
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