Written by: Glenn Warciski & Alexander George
Giants GM Dave Gettleman selected three quality players in the second and third rounds. Will Hernandez, Lorenzo Carter, and BJ Hill.
Will Hernandez, an outstanding pick, will anchor this Giants offensive line. Right now, Hernandez is the best player on the offensive line. He will infuse much-needed toughness as well as open holes for Giants running backs. Do not be surprised if the Giants have him play right tackle. With Trainwreck Flowers AWOL, the Giants do not have quality at the right tackle position. Trainwreck is not quality, but the Giants do not have depth at right tackle.
Like in the first round, Gettleman chose a player who was graded the highest. Gettleman’s first Hog Mollie is a beast. Fantastic pick.
2nd Round – 34th Pick (OG) Will Hernandez : UTEP
– Good Run Blocker ; can block to the 2nd level (Linebacker)
– Never gives ground to opponent ; quick to set in pass protection
– Can use hands effectively when dealing with opposing defender
– Started in 49 consecutive games
– An inside running blocker
– Adjust and is able to block moving defensive players at 2nd level (Linebacker)
– Light on feet and balanced when in pass protection mode
– Quick off the snap
– CAN PLAY RIGHT AWAY & can switch to right OG if necessary
Concern; Signed with UTEP when every major program in the country backed off over academics.
College: Redshirt Senior
Why was he drafted:
1) To fortify offensive line
2) To provide Saquon Barkley w/ an excellent run blocker
3) Provide pass protection for Eli Manning
3rd Round – 66th Pick (OLB) Lorenzo Carter- Georgia
– Good recognition skills as a run defender.
– Is not fooled by fake, rasal-dazal plays
– Speed to go across field after running backs (40 yard dash: 4.5 seconds)
– Not QB rusher; tools to become an edge rusher but not his primary function; more as in yout face – up rusher for running backs.
– Can drop off into shot zone and get into passing lanes
College: Graduated as a Senior (4 yrs)
Stats career : 54 games, 165 tackles , 20.5 tackles for loss of 125 yards, 14 sacks for 108 yards, 28 quarterback hits, 7 forced fumbles with 1 fumble recovery , 0 INTs
Why he was drafted:
1) Need a Weak Side Linebacker
2) Can be used in running blitz packages
3) Fits into rotational 3 – 4 defense.
3RD Round – 69th Pick (DT) B.J. Hill:
– Has good moves in eluding blockers
– Good lower body strength (can surge past offensive line)
– stays on feet; good balance when rushing
– Speed good for DT; can burst into open gaps to make plays.
– Does not give up on plays to the point of chasing offensive players in pursuit
Career College Stats: 51 Games, 185 tackles , 25 tackles for a loss of 78 yards, 9 sacks for 33 yards, 13 quarterback hits, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
Why he was drafted:
1) Fits into rotational 3 – 4 defense
2) can be used as rotational 2 down (1st and 2nd down) lineman.
3) Most likely, he will be the possible successor to Damon Harrison , who is 29 and has potential out in 3rd year of 5 year contract.