Giants capped their draft with more skill position players
The New York Giants finished the 2021 NFL Draft strong as they used the 196th overall pick in the 6th round on University of Arizona running back Gary Brightwell. Then with the 201st overall pick in the 6th round they selected Oklahoma State cornerback Rodarius Wiliams.
Brightwell rushed for a total of 1,305 yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons with the Wildcats. Here’s what his NFL.com draft prospect overview says:
One-speed runner relying on size, urgency and toughness to make up for a lack of open-field talent. He can hit the edge and turn the corner on counters and bounce-outs, but gets too impatient to cut runs back. Below-average vision diminishes his ability to get the most out of runs, but his loose lower body makes sharp cuts against the grain a successful weapon for him. He’s a tough runner, but lacks creativity and contact balance to stand out against others in this class, despite his traits.
The Giants needed to add a back in this year’s draft because no one yet knows whether or not veteran Saquon Barkley will be in New York after the 2022 season.
When it comes to Williams he’s actually the older brother of Cleveland Browns’ cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams who was a star at LSU and taken in the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Giants have certainly added some depth in the draft this year and will have some competition when training camp rolls around.
here’s what Williams’ NFL.com prospect overview says:
His size and expected straight-line speed will work in his favor. However, Williams might be lacking the natural athletic attributes to handle press duties and the instincts needed for zone. If coaching can tighten up his press technique, he might be in consideration as a Cover 2 cornerback with the ability to step up and support the run. He’s become better at staying in phase with the route and can be a handful to deal with on 50-50 throws due to his size and physical nature. Finding a good scheme fit will be key, but he has a decent chance of earning a spot as a backup.
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