The Giants’ 2020 draft class has plenty of potential
Looking back at the New York Giants’ 2020 NFL Draft class, most of the players that general manager Dave Gettleman ended up selecting made some sort of contribution this past season. Overall I would say he did a good job in adding young talent to the Giants’ roster.
Nick Shook of NFL.com has released his grades for the NFC East as it pertains to the 2020 draft and he gave the Giants the worst grade with a C+.
Here’s a portion of what Shook wrote:
Thomas got off to a slow start in his rookie season, which carried extra pressure seeing as he was selected (a bit surprisingly) at No. 4 overall. But the first-year tackle started to put things together down the stretch (save for New York’s nightmare against Arizona in Week 14), finishing with a grade near that of PFWA All-Rookie Team member Jedrick Wills. Thomas would have started all 16 games had he not been benched for the first quarter in Week 6 for what coach Joe Judge called disciplinary reasons. McKinney’s evaluation is largely incomplete due to a foot injury that prevented him from playing until Week 12, but he also finished strong, recording his first career interception in Week 17. Peart didn’t see a ton of time as a rookie, but he showed flashes of promise as a possible developmental tackle for an offensive line that has question marks at one, if not both, of the tackle positions. Holmes saw considerable defensive snaps and recorded an interception, but struggled in pass coverage not unlike other rookies selected in the same range. His athleticism and instincts make him a potential candidate for Year 2 improvement.
Shook is right, Thomas’ rookie season didn’t start off well, but his play during the second half of the season compared to the first half was night and day. As of right now he looks like the real deal and a very good left tackle for the Giants.
When it comes to Peart, he got a lot of playing time because head coach Joe Judge was having his young offensive lineman rotating in and out during every game. So while he didn’t get a ton of time on the field, he did play a lot and showed a lot of promise.
When it comes to Darnay Holmes, he did struggle at times, but he was also one of the top rookie corners after not allowing a touchdown while being targeted 52 times.
I would say that a C+ is fair given that none of the Giants’ rookies from 2020 looked like future Pro Bowlers during their first season. But the great thing about young players is that they take time to develop and New York’s 2020 class has plenty of time to prove themselves.