Recapping day two of the 2020 nfl draft for the giants
Published by Max Hopson, Apr. 26th 2020
After day one of the NFL draft, there was plenty of elite talent left on the board going into round 2. After drafting Georgia OT, Andrew Thomas, in round 1 myself and almost all of the Giants fanbase expected for the Giants to draft defense with the 36th pick. In my opinion, anyone on the defensive side of the ball would’ve been acceptable apart from a defensive tackle as they already have a large amount of talent there. (Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, and Dalvin Tomlinson).
With the 36th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the New York Giants select… Xavier McKinney, DB, Alabama. My initial reaction was WOW, what a great pick. McKinney is an explosive safety who will be a powerhouse in the secondary for the Giants. In his two years as a starter at Alabama, McKinney had 104 tackles, 13 TFL, 5 INT, and 6 FF. He can jump routes tackle well, and force fumbles with his power. I very much believe this man will be a force on defense for years to come. In my opinion, I had McKinney as my #1 safety ahead of Grant Delpit. After day one, I was shocked McKinney was still on the board. However, when we had the opportunity, I was ecstatic that Gettleman and co selected him. Our defensive back core is now looking a lot better after just a few additions in the offseason. In week one, I can see our DB core looking something like this.
CB1: James Bradberry
CB2: Deandre Baker
Nickel: Jullian Love
S: Jabrill Peppers Giants safety Jabrill Peppers was happy with
S: Xavier McKinney, his future safety partner for years to come.
The overall draft grade for Xavier McKinney: A+
The Giants grab their prospective safety partner for Peppers. However, at the same time, they select arguably the best player on the board at the time. Welcome to the New York Giants Xavier McKinney!
In a move that surprised me, the Giants didn’t trade up from 99 skipping 63 picks before their next selection. However, I believe Gettleman played his cards right here as there was still plenty of talent left at 99. With the 99th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the New York Giants select Matt Peart, OT, UCONN. Once again and for the 3rd time this draft, I’m a fan of this pick. Peart will probably sit behind Nate Solder for a year or two to develop and become NFL ready. However, this guy has tons of potential. He is 6ft 7 inches and has long arms. He is naturally athletic for his size, making him a perfect fit for a tackle. The one negative is the fact that Peart is not NFL ready, but with the potential he has, I am more than happy about this pick! I have hopes that Peart can become an above-average tackle in the NFL, and I look forward to him being on this offensive line for years to come!
The overall draft grade for Matt Peart: B+
Welcome to the New York Giants Matt Peart!
Overall draft grade for day 2: A-
A lot of Giants fans wanted Isiah Simmons in round 1 because of his playmaking ability and versatility. Xavier McKinney is a playmaker and is versatile. He split his snaps fairly equally between safety (his primary position), CB, and LB. This is a brilliant Pick. Matt Peart has the potential to be a good starter in the NFL once again the front office took a significant need here replacing the aging and terrible
Nate Solder another great pick.