|Offense||8th||100.6 (18th)||271.7 (7th)|
|Defense||32nd||121.4 (22nd)||298.9 (31st)|
The New York Giants selected Jerell Adams in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 184th overall.
Adams was widely expected to go in the third or fourth round, so this should turn out to be a nice value for the Giants. It's also a close to ideal landing spot for Adams -- unheralded tight ends like Larry Donnell and Will Tye have made fantasy impacts with the Giants in recent years, and Adams is almost certainly more talented. Standing at 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, Adams showed 4.64 speed at the Combine.
This looks like one of those picks where, in a year or two from now, we all wonder how the player was available so late in the draft. With novelty trinket running backs like Kenyan Drake and Tyler Ervin going rounds earlier, Perkins was evidently penalized for lacking elite speed. Despite his lack of burning athleticism, Perkins has at least adequate speed and quickness, and his open-field juking ability will break ankles. Because the Giants backfield is thin and not particularly durable, Perkins stands out as a dynasty league investment.
The New York Giants selected B.J. Goodson in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 109th overall.
Goodson was overshadowed by fellow Clemson defenders like Shaq Lawson, Kevin Dodd, Mackensie Alexander and T.J. Green, but like the previously mentioned names, Goodson was a productive playmaker for Clemson, logging 108 tackles (14 for loss) 5.5 sacks in 2015. At 6-foot-1, 242 pounds, Goodson showed an adequate all-around athletic profile with his Combine performances.
The New York Giants selected Darian Thompson in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 71st overall.
Thompson tested poorly in the pre-draft process, but he was quite a playmaker for a strong Boise State pass defense over the last four years. Thompson intercepted 19 passes in that span, and he could earn a Day One starting role on a Giants defense lacking safety talent.
The New York Giants selected Sterling Shepard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 40th overall.
This looks like a great pick for the Giants. Shepard doesn't have obvious WR1 potential at just 5-foot-10, 194 pounds, but he's an extremely accomplished receiver who checks all the required boxes to emerge as a standout NFL receiver. He caught 233 passes for 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns in 49 career games at Oklahoma, and he demonstrated encouraging athleticism by running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and logging a 41-inch vertical at the Combine. Victor Cruz is not guaranteed to return to his pre-injury form, so Shepard could earn a leading role alongside Odell Beckham sooner than expected.
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