Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
New York Giants
Pick: QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Analysis: The Giants took a lot of flak for drafting Daniel Jones at pick 6. The kid proved the doubters wrong by throwing for 3,027 yards with 24 touchdowns to 12 interceptions in 12 starts.
Pick: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Analysis: Lawrence started every game and registered 38 tackles with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. That’s pretty good production from a run-stuffer in his first season.
Pick: CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
Analysis: Baker had 61 tackles in 15 starts. He didn’t make any splash plays and was targeted heavily, so that does negatively impact his grade.
Pick: DE Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
Analysis: Ximines had 4.5 sacks and 25 tackles. He was active for every game with two starts. The Giants have to be excited about his future.
Pick: CB Julian Love, Notre Dame
Analysis: Love was very productive for a 4th round pick. He started 5 games and had 37 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception.
Pick: LB Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin
Analysis: Connelly appeared in 4 games before getting hurt and placed on I.R. He had 20 tackles, a sack, and two picks in that time span. Pretty impressive.
Pick: WR Darius Slayton, Auburn
Analysis: Slayton was one of the biggest steals of the entire 2019 NFL Draft. He had 48 grabs for 740 yards and 8 touchdowns. He looks like a long term playmaker for this offense.
Pick: CB Corey Ballentine, Washburn
Analysis: Ballentine saw plenty of action as he appeared in 13 games with 2 starts. He accumulated 26 tackles on the year.
Pick: OT George Asafo-Adjel, Kentucky
Analysis: Asafo-Adjel missed his rookie season with an injury.
Pick: DT Chris Slayton, Syracuse
Analysis: Slayton didn’t register any stats as a rookie.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 23.75/22 108% A+
Giants G.M. David Gettleman took a ton of heat for his 2019 Draft picks. After year one he should be given some major props for his choices. He landed himself a very productive rookie class. Granted, a lot of this production is because the Giants are a bad team and don’t have any issue playing rookies extensively. They look to have found their quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones. This youngster showed a lot of poise in the pocket and wasn’t afraid to take shots deep. His future is very bright. They also found some impact players on defense. Dexter Lawrence is a big run stuffer who put up a solid stat line. Deandre Baker started every game and while he was targeted heavily, he did have 61 tackles and gained a ton of experience.
They got production out of the mid-rounds too. Oshane Ximines was a third-round choice who had 4.5 sacks in year one. Julian Love was a fourth-round corner who played well, and fifth-round linebacker Ryan Connelley was having a great season before it was cut short by injury. They also landed arguably the biggest steal of the entire 2019 Draft in fifth-round with wide receiver Darius Slayton. He proved to be an explosive weapon for the Giants offense, en route to 740 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns. This grade can’t get any higher over time but it should hold steady as many of the players in this class will be in line to start next year and beyond.