The New York Giants Select Xavier McKinney Safety From Alabama With The 36th Pick Of The 2020 NFL Draft.
“We made up our mind that if Xavier fell to us, we were taking him,” general manager Dave Gettleman said. “So, if Xavier had been gone, we did have something, a team willing to move up, and we would’ve moved back. But we felt the value of getting Xavier there was too good to pass up. We had a first-round value on him and we’re absolutely thrilled to get him. He’s a great kid, he’s smart, he plays smart, he can line up the backend for us, he’s versatile, put him down low, he can cover tight ends, he’s got ball skills, and he’s a good tackler. So, we’re excited and just feel we’ve got a good quality person and player in our second-round pick.
“I just think with his versatility and showing what he’s been able to do, play in the deep part of the field, play in the box, be used on covering the slot receiver, be used in blitz packages,” Judge said. “He’s shown a range in what he’s able to do. That’s going to allow us to use all of our players in different ways because his versatility will complement everybody else on the roster as his strengths shake out. But he’s got a good skill set to come in and compete and we’re anxious to get him on the field to start working with him.”
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