New York Giants 2016 NFL Draft Review

With six selections in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New York Giants addressed a number of needs. Take a closer look at the newest Giants below:

ELI APPLE, CB, OHIO ST. (1st Round, 10th Overall)

The Giants continued their offseason retooling of their defense by taking cornerback Eli Apple in the first round.

  • Apple is listed at 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds.
  • A native of Voorhees Township, New Jersey, the 20-year-old won a national title with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2015.
  • Apple played in 28 career college games and recorded 56 tackles and four interceptions.
  • Apple earned Second-Team All-Conference Honors last season.

QUOTE: “[Apple] is a young, physical, combative corner,” said coach Ben McAdoo. “We like his size, we like his length. He’s smart, he interviewed great. His best football is in front of him and that’s what we like about him.”


STERLING SHEPARD, WR, OKLAHOMA (2nd Round, 40th Overall)

Big Blue added another weapon for Eli Manning by taking wide receiver Sterling Shepard from Oklahoma with their second-round selection.

  • Shepard is listed at 5-foot-10 and 191 pounds.
  • Shepard’s father, Derrick, was also a wide receiver and played for the Redskins, Saints and Cowboys.
  • In 49 games with the Oklahoma Sooners, Shepard averaged 14.9 yards per catch.
  • Shepard tore up the Big 12 in his senior season with 86 receptions, 1,288 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns.

QUOTE: “We think he’s a terrific young receiver and NFL ready,” said GM Jerry Reese.


DARIAN THOMPSON, S, BOISE ST. (3rd Round, 71st Overall)

The Giants added yet another piece to their secondary by selecting safety Darian Thompson out of Boise State.

  • Listed at 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, Thompson is native of Lancaster, California.
  • Thompson is a ball-hawking safety and tied a Mountain West conference record with 19 career interceptions.
  • He earned an Associated Press Third Team All-American nod in his final season with the Broncos.
  • Thompson finished second on Boise State with 65 tackles in his final season.

QUOTE: “Darian can tackle in the open field and can play in a variety of different looks,” said coach Ben McAdoo.


B.J. GOODSON, LB, CLEMSON (4th Round, 109th Overall)

Big Blue kicked off the third and final day of the 2016 NFL Draft by bolstering their linebacker corps with the selection of B.J. Goodson.

  • Goodson is listed at 6-foot-1 and 242 pounds and led all linebackers at the scouting combine with 30 bench press reps.
  • In his senior season, Goodson earned All-ACC honors after recording 108 tackles and 5.5 sacks leading Clemson to an undefeated regular season.
  • He is set to become the fifth native of Lamar, South Carolina to play in the NFL and attended the same high school as former Clemson and Steelers LB Levon Kirkland.

QUOTE: “B.J. Goodson can play any of the linebacker positions.” said GM Jery Reese.


PAUL PERKINS, RB, UCLA (5th Round, 149th Overall)

New York added another member to their backfield by selecting versatile running back Paul Perkins.

  • He is listed at 5-foot-10 and 208 pounds and was born in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Perkins led the Pac-12 in rushing as a sophomore (1,575 yards) and earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors in his junior season before declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft.
  • In three seasons at UCLA, he rushed for 3,491 yards (third all-time in school history) and also caught 80 passes, a school record for running backs.
  • His uncle Don Perkins was an All-Pro running back for the Cowboys in the 1960’s and his father Bruce played two seasons for the Colts and Buccaneers as a fullback.

QUOTE: “Paul Perkins has an NFL pedigree and is the hardest working guy on the team.” said VP of Player Evaluation Marc Ross.


JERELL ADAMS, TE, SOUTH CAROLINA (6th Round, 184th Overall)

With their final pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Giants selected tight end Jerell Adams.

  • Listed at 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds, Adams ran a 4.64 40-yard dash at the scouting combine, the fastest among tight ends.
  • Over his four-game career at South Carolina, Adams had 66 receptions for 977 yards and 7 TDs.
  • Adams also excelled in the classroom and is a two-time member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

QUOTE: “Jerell Adams is a big kid who can really stretch the defense down the seam.” said GM Jerry Reese.