Grading the Giants' pick of Xavier McKinney in 2020 NFL Draft

Ralph Vacchiano

After addressing a need on the offensive line in the first round with Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas, Dave Gettleman and the Giants addressed a defensive hole in the second round with Alabama safety Xavier McKinney.

The Giants have had recent success with second-round Alabama safeties, as McKinney follows a similar path to Landon Collins

McKinney could be a starting safety from Day One in the Giants' new-look defense. Here is the grade for the pick ...

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Every defense these days seems to need a multi-tasking weapon, and the Giants found theirs in the top of the second round.

Yes, the 6-foot-, 201-pound Xavier McKinney is a safety. But he's also played linebacker and cornerback too. He's not as flashy nor does he have the upside as the more famous Swiss Army knife in this draft - Clemson hybrid Isaiah Simmons - but he possesses the same basic skill set and versatility.


That's huge for the Giants, who are expected to have a "multiple" defense under new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. There are a lot of ways they can use McKinney, especially if they slot him at safety, since many consider him the best safety in the draft.

And that fills a huge need, because the Giants weren't ready to rely on Julian Love as the other safety next to Jabrill Peppers. That's McKinney's job now, and that pretty much solidifies the back end of the Giants' defense. 


Video: Xavier McKinney is a highlight reel at safety

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