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In this second part of the series, I will be breaking down the New York Giants’ draft class, including the type of impact they can make in their first year. For this article, I will be focusing on the last three selections: BJ Goodson from Clemson, Paul Perkins from UCLA and Jerell Adams from South Carolina.
The Giants picked BJ Goodson who is a linebacker from Clemson. I see this pick as a move to improve depth at the middle linebacker position. Goodson is probably not a reliable starter yet, but he has the potential to grow into that role. Goodson was a team captain with Clemson, where he showcased his great leadership skills. The linebacker addition of free agent Keenan Robinson, partnered with the resigning Jasper Brinkley, makes me believe BJ Goodson will get his first-year opportunities in key special teams roles.
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The Giants might have gotten the steal of the draft by selecting UCLA running back Paul Perkins in the fifth round. Perkins is a great single-cut back, similar to a Jamaal Charles type athlete. He could potentially become a future bell cow for the Giants: however, the Giants backfield is loaded with running backs. Paul Perkins will be fighting for snaps against Jennings, Vereen, Williams, Darkwa and Rainey. We’ll see how it shakes out in training camp.
Last is Jerell Adams the tight end from South Carolina. Adams excels as a run-blocking tight end, which is something the Giants have been missing since Martellus Bennett played on the team. Jerell Adams has the right body type for the tight end position; he’s six-foot-five and weighs in at 245-pounds. Without knowing how Larry Donell will play coming off his neck injury last season, I see Jerell Adams having a key role in the rushing packets. Look out for the occasional surprise in the passing game as well.
If these rookies make quick contributions, the Giants could make some noise in mediocre NFC East. There are definitely things to be excited about in New York.