The NFL draft is less than a month away and the New York Giants could look to several prospects in the later rounds to solidify their roster.
The New York Giants haven’t had much success drafting in the later rounds under Jerry Reese. However, this theme has changed as of late. Jerry Reese has drafted Devon Kennard, Bobby Hart and Paul Perkins each past the third round since 2015. These are the selections that help to make a good team great for a long time.
With that being said, let us take a look at some potential impact players Jerry Reese could scoop up in later rounds.
Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU
In his senior season at LSU, the linebacker was tearing up the SEC. Through 10 games he had recorded 91 tackles as well as six for a loss. Then against Florida, tragedy struck, he tore his ACL which ended his season prematurely.
Before the injury, Beckwith was a dynamic player that could have gone in the top 100. Now, he will most likely be taken around the fourth round. That is a great value for a buy low candidate like Beckwith.
There is some concern over how well that the LSU linebacker will fare in coverage, and that was before the torn ACL. However, he could fit the Giants need at middle linebacker. In fact, he could prove to be better than Kelvin Sheppard who often played against the run. Sheppard was one of the worst linebackers in the league according to PFF ranking as the 82nd best linebacker out of 87.
There are a plethora of reasons why the Giants are the perfect team for Kendell Beckwith. To make it simple, he plays a position of need at a higher level than the players the Giants currently have.
It is also known that the Giants have had success in the past when selecting players from LSU when their last name begins with “Beck”.
Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
This year’s draft is one of the strongest in years, and one of the best positions is tight end. As a result, there are some good tight ends that should be available in later rounds, and one of those tight ends is Gerald Everett.
The tight end out of South Alabama could help out the Giants at a position they are lacking at. While he is relatively new to tight end, with some development, he could become a playmaker.
He is one of the best pass blocking tight ends in the draft which is something that the G-Men could use. In addition, Everett was able to dominate his competition to the tune of 717 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.
A former basketball player, the sky’s the limit for this tight end out of South Alabama.
Eddie Vanderdoes, DL, UCLA
Similarly to Gerald Everett, defensive tackle is a position that has a lot of depth in this draft.
If he slides, keep an eye on the Giants as a potential suitor.
One of the biggest questions about the UCLA product is how he will be able to bounce back now that he is further removed from tearing his ACL in 2015.
Prior to the injury, he was just starting to unlock his potential. Just take a look at his lone game in 2015. He had collected eight tackles as well as two TFL, then he got injured.
Although he was able to step back on the field in 2016, he just was not the same player. The hope is still there, however. If he is able to drop some weight, some believe that he can reach his former glory.
James Conner, RB, Pitt
That can change with the addition of this Pittsburgh star running back. Conner is a big man to put it in layman’s terms. However, he is not quick, and struggles with poor agility.
The running back may possess decent straight line speed, but he needs to work on his lateral quickness.
It would not be shocking to see Conner overcome that odds stacked against him. He managed to overcome adversity before in the form of beating disease. After beating cancer, he rushed for over 1,000 yards as well as 16 touchdowns in his comeback season.
If drafted by the New York Giants he would be able to step in and be a threat in the red zone, an area that the Giants performed poorly in this past season.