Giants’ future looks bright with young core
With the 2020 NFL regular season now behind us, Chris Roling of Bleacher Report decided to hand out grades for how each team did in last year’s draft.
In case you forgot, below are the players that the Giants selected last April.
- Round 1, Pick No. 4: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
- Round 2, Pick No. 36: Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
- Round 3, Pick No. 99 (comp pick): Matt Peart, OT, UConn
- Round 4, Pick No. 110: Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA
- Round 5, Pick No. 150: Shane Lemieux, OL, Oregon
- Round 6, Pick No. 183: Cam Brown, Edge, Penn State
- Round 7, Pick No. 218: Carter Coughlin, Edge, Minnesota
- Round 7, Pick No. 238 (from Saints): TJ Brunson, LB, South Carolina
- Round 7, Pick No. 247 (comp pick): Chris Williamson, CB, Minnesota
- Round 7, Pick No. 255 (comp pick): Tae Crowder, LB, Georgia
Roling ended up giving the Giants a grade of a B. Here’s a portion of what he wrote:
Thomas was a full-time starter right away and showed some encouraging signs, though PFF had him at 10 sacks surrendered and a 62.4 grade. Third-round pick Matt Peart didn’t reach 15 percent of the snaps played. Fifth-rounder Shane Lemieux played in spot duty, allowing five sacks and posting a 32.2 PFF grade.
The other top-50 pick, safety Xavier McKinney, was only healthy enough to appear in six games, yet he managed a 70.0 PFF grade with one interception.
If nothing else, it would appear the Giants have a possible long-term starter at offensive tackle. And small sample size or not, McKinney has the look of a star.
I think a B grade is fair. What’s really remarkable is how much guys like Darnay Holmes, Carter Coughlin, Tae Crowder, Shane Lemieux and Matt Peart helped the Giants this past season. They all likely won’t be stars, but they will be role players that can help this team build towards getting back to the playoffs.