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Ranking Giants and Jets rookies who can have the biggest impact in 2019




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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed at outstanding class.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and – perhaps most importantly – opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 201

9, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

1. Jets DT Quinnes Williams (First Round)

The most talented player drafted by either team, and it might not be close. Believe by some to the best player in the draft, he'll be a huge part of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' scheme right away. Leonard Williams and any other pass rushers on the Jets, too.

2. Giants CB Deandre Baker (1965)

The Giants thought he was best in the draft and many others agree. He's got NFL-ready skills and wants to be right in a starter opposite Janoris Jenkins . Figure teams wants to test him early, rather than throw in Jenkins' direction, so he has a chance to make his presence felt.

3. Giants DT Dexter Lawrence (First Round)

A run-stuffing defensive tackle in the middle of the first round had on them when he first arrived. Teams will not find it easy to run the middle on Lawrence, and that will help out pass rush, too.

4. Jets LB Jachai Polite (Third Round)

The Jets' biggest need for heading into the offseason what edge rusher and … well, he's it. He's a first-round talent with a lot of character question marks. If he can hold everything together, he'll get a chance to prove he has gone much higher.

5. Giants CB Julian Love (Fourth Round)

One NFL scout called him "one of the steals of the draft," and the Giants agree. Sam Beal the Giants' supplemental draft pick from a year ago, who misses his rookie season with a shoulder injury. 19659015]. 6 Jets TE Trevon Wesco (Fourth Round)

As a blocking tight end, he'll be huge for Jets RB Le'Veon Bell who likes to run to the outside (where the Jets' blocking last season was terrible). But some believe Wesco has some sneaky receiving skills, and could have a bigger-than-expected impact there, too.

7. Giants WR Darius Slayton (Fifth Round)

He's taller than most of the Giants' receivers (6-foot-1) and he's a burner (4.39 speed), which means the Giants should be able to use him as a deep threat , Pat Shurmur wants to find a way to use him, and you can bank on a few big plays.

8. Giants LB Oshane Ximines (Third Round)

The Giants expect more of an impact out of Ximines than this ranking would suggest, based on the pass-rushing skills he flashed in college. But the jump from Old Dominion to the NFL is huge, and it might take him some time. He'll be a situational passport rusher at first, playing behind Markus Golden, Lorenzo Carter and Kareem Martin .

9. Giants QB Daniel Jones (First Round)

This may seem alarmingly low for the no. Do not bet on a midseason transition, like there's any back in 2004. Jones does not want to play until the Giants are not they play at all if they're not. Even if he does not play, though, his presence could be huge. Manning makes any child of mistake.



10. Jets OT Chuma Edoga (Third Round)

Brandon Shell from the knee injury in December. Edoga could have a chance to win the job, in which case he'd have to move a few spots up this list.

11. Giants CB Corey Ballentine (Sixth Round)

Let's assume (and hope) recovers fully from his gunshot wound. If he does, he's got a chance to be a special team demon David Tyree was for the Giants years ago. There is not a spot in the corner rotation for him right now, barring injury. But he can really have an impact on special teams.

12. Giants DT Chris Slayton (Seventh Round)

The Giants love to shoot defensive linemen, so he'll get work. Granted, he's behind Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson and Olsen Pierre but there's a spot for him to pick up a few snaps. So hey, play a lot of special teams.

13. Giants LB Ryan Connelly

Nathan Stupar He is most likely to play inside, where the Giants are jammed with OK talent like Alec Ogletree and BJ Goodson Mostly, he's a special tea-maker and wants to show something there.

14. Jets LB Blake Cashman (Fifth Round)

He's only 6-foot-1, 237 pounds and had surgery on both shoulders last year, so the jets have a lot of linebackers, which means he'll be relegated to mostly special teams The Jets deal Darron Lee though, Cashman wants to move up the way.

15th Giants OL George Asafo-Adjei (Seventh Round)

He's probably more of a developmental offensive line Yes, the Giants have an opening for anyone to win a job at right tackle. Most likely, though, Asafo-Ad The Giants' Depth.

16. CB Blessuan Austin Jets (Sixth Round)

The Jets will take it very slow with him. Figure he'll start camp and probably the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Maybe he'll be healthy enough to go by the second half of the season.


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