Xavier McKinney has a lot of potential
New York Giants’ rookie safety Xavier McKinney had to wait a long time for his first NFL snaps after suffering a broken foot in training camp and it looks like he was on pace to have the best season of any other rookie safety in the league.
As you can see in the tweet below, Pro Football Focus says that he would have been the highest graded rookie safety, but he didn’t have enough snaps to qualify.
McKinney was the first safety taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. The second safety that was drafted was Kyle Dugger, who was taken right after him by the New England Patriots. His PFF grade for this season was a 64.1.
Here is a list of the first five safeties drafted and their grades for 2020.
- Giants – Xavier McKinney – 70.0 – 14 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD
- Patriots – Kyle Dugger – 64.1 – 43 tackles
- Buccaneers – Antoine Winfield Jr. – 67.1 – 64 tackles, 2 FF, 1 INT, 6 PD
- Panthers – Jeremy Chinn – 59.8 – 68 tackles, 2 FF, 1 INT, 5 PD
- Jets – Ashtyn Davis – 53.0 – 25 tackles, 1PD
McKinney aside since he didn’t play enough games to qualify as the top rookie safety according to PFF, Winfield had the best season of any other rookie safeties.
Even though McKinney didn’t get a lot of playing time after missing most of the season, he made the biggest play he could ever have with his interception to seal the Giants win over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.