The New York Giants stuck to drafting defensive upgrades in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. With the 109th overall pick, the Giants decided to go with Clemson Tigers linebacker B.J. Goodson. He has the physical skills necessary to potentially start in the near future. Goodson will bring his work ethic and defensive captain qualities to New York.
Goodson is a good choice for the Giants because he shows so much potential. He does have a few things to work on, but his athleticism should help him transition to the NFL. His speed and patience are not where they potentially could be, but there is time for improvement. B.J. Goodson is familiar to taking a seat to others and waiting for his turn to shine. He didn’t become a full-time starter at Clemson until his senior season. He led the Tigers with 160 total tackles on the season — with 14 for a loss and 5.5 sacks.
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The Giants have two common themes within this draft. They may be hard to find; however, if you dig a little deeper, you will see them clearly. The first theme is speed. All the players who were selected are known for their athletic quickness. Secondly, and more importantly, all these new players are team-minded contributors.
Each player selected by the Giants has a sense of selflessness. They have their own skill-sets; however, they have all had to sacrifice themselves for the betterment of their college teams. The past few years has missed that all-in mindset, but with the new additions to the Giants defense, we are surely in store for an old-school style team. Let’s hope this year’s Giants defense can play as well as the championship years.
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