The Giants stuck with defense in the third round as they took N.C. State DT B.J. Hill with the 69th overall pick.
Hill played four seasons with the Wolfpack where he totaled 183 tackles (23.5 for loss), eight sacks, nine passes defended, and two forced fumbles.
The Giants took a defensive tackle in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft in Alabama's Dalvin Tomlinson. With Damon "Snacks" Harrison next to Tomlinson, Hill will have tough competition to see starting time next season.
Hill, who played on the N.C. State defensive line along with the fifth overall pick in Bradley Chubb, is a "tough son of a gun" in GM Dave Gettleman's eyes.
"B.J. Hill is instinctive, he's smart. He's powerful, tough son of a gun," Gettleman said.
Head coach Pat Shurmur called Hill the "coutnerpart" to second-round pick Will Hernandez in that they both play gritty, and have brute strength against their opponents.
"B.J. Hill is the counterpart to Will Hernandez on the other side of the line," Shurmur said. "He's tough, gritty and we're excited to have him.
"Hill is tough to block. He's good against the run and a little bit sneaky with the pass rush."
B.J. Hill is the kind of lineman that Dave Gettleman loves.
He's huge - 6-foot-3, 311 pounds - and athletic. He's a former high school defensive end and running back who became a huge force in the middle of the Wolfpack's line. And as the Giants undoubtedly saw when they were scouting his more heralded linemate, defensive end Bradley Chubb, his presence is a huge help for the pass rushers on the outside.
Yes, the Giants have Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson inside already and one less starting spot for a DT now that they're in a 3-4. But Harrison is expensive and Tomlinson wasn't very productive last season. Hill could be the future.