Xavier Mckinney could be in for big season in 2021
I think it’s fair to say that one of the most exciting rookies that everyone was looking forward to watching in 2020 was New York Giants’ safety Xavier Mckinney.
Of course Mckinney missed most of the season after suffering a fractured foot during training camp. But he ended up making a huge play in week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys after snatching the first interception of his NFL career.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus picked a breakout player for every team for next season and he picked Mckinney for the Giants. Here’s what he wrote.
Xavier McKinney was a poor man’s Isaiah Simmons in the last NFL draft. While Simmons went in the top 10, McKinney slipped to the second round despite bringing much of the same versatility. He was then injured and missed much of his rookie season but finished with an overall PFF grade of 70.0 with his best two games in the final three weeks of play. McKinney didn’t get much of a chance to shine as a rookie, but Year 2 could show a player that deserved a lot more credit at draft time.
The nice thing for Mckinney is that there isn’t a ton of pressure for him to perform right away with Jabrill peppers and Logan Ryan already penciled in as the Giants’ starting safeties.