Rookie impact on 2022 Giants

The most intriguing Day 2 pick was WR Wan’Dale Robinson

Dan Solomon: Fiction- Versatility is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but third-round pick Joshua Ezeudu took it to a different level at North Carolina. He not only made starts at three different positions throughout his career, Ezeudu had the ability to switch positions mid-drive. “He’s impressive,” general manager Joe Schoen said. “It’s rare. I was fortunate enough to see him play live twice this year, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh. He’s a big man, and it’s impressive. Again, he could play multiple spots not only on a week-to-week basis but within a game, within drives. So, it’s very impressive, and he’s an outstanding kid. You guys will like getting to know him.”

Lance Medow: Fact – In just one season at Kentucky, Wan’Dale Robinson made his presence felt by setting school records for receptions (104), receiving yards (1,334) and 100-yard receiving games (6). If that’s not impressive enough, he also contributed on special teams and was utilized as a running back. Robinson is an extremely versatile player going back to the beginning of his collegiate career at Nebraska and Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka will tap into that skillset based on how they’ve used similar weapons such as Isaiah McKenzie and Mecole Hardman in Buffalo and Kansas City, respectively. All three players are 5-10 or shorter and have similar abilities.

Matt Citak: Fact – Wan’Dale Robinson flew somewhat under the radar heading into the draft, but his performance at Kentucky last season was special. Robinson set new school records with his 104 receptions for 1,334 yards, adding seven touchdowns along with seven rushes for 111 yards (15.9 avg.). His 91.3 overall grade from PFF was the highest among all SEC receivers, topping fellow early-round picks Jameson Williams, Treylon Burks and John Metchie III, to name a few. Robinson also registered 134 rush attempts in his two seasons at Nebraska, highlighting his special abilities. The Giants don’t make this pick unless the staff has a plan in mind for the 5-foot-8 receiver.

The most intriguing Day 3 pick was TE Daniel Bellinger

Dan Solomone: Fact – Pride in blocking without any drops as a senior sound pretty intriguing. The fourth-round pick out of San Diego State said his trusty hands from him were a result of always playing catch with his dad from him, who would voice his displeasure from him every time he dropped the ball. He also has the ability to stretch the field when needed, as evidence by his 73-yard catch from him in 2021, which was the longest by an Aztec tight end since at least the 1996 season.

Lance Medow: Fiction – Dane Belton is the most intriguing third-day selection. Daniel Bellinger did most of his damage from him as a blocker at San Diego State based on the Aztecs’ scheme and has upside as a receiver. Although it will be interesting to see how his talents translate to the Giants’ offense, the team may rely on several different tight ends. Belton played safety and outside linebacker at Iowa, thanks to his hybrid role in the Hawkeyes’ defense and collected five interceptions in 2021. The combination of his skills and production make him appealing, especially when you take into consideration how much Wink Martindale relies on blitzing .

Matt Citak: Fiction – Bellinger saw his role in the passing game increase each year at San Diego State, and the Giants certainly hope he can develop into their top tight end in time. But the Day 3 pick who could step in and make an impact in his rookie year is Micah McFadden. It is no secret that Wink Martindale loves to blitz. Well, McFadden picked up 6.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in 12 games for Indiana last season, earning an elite 92.0 pass rush grade from PFF. This was the highest pass rush grade among ALL off-ball linebackers last season. In fact, McFadden registered 6.0 sacks in only eight games in 2020, which helped him earn an 85.8 overall PFF grade. McFadden appears to be a perfect fit for Martindale’s defense, and after serving as Indiana’s team captain for two seasons, he should also bring some additional leadership to the Big Blue locker room.

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