Oshane Ximines was a pass-rushing machine during his four years at college, and that sure seems like it's exactly what the Giants need.
But the big question with their third-round pick will be whether the first player to ever be drafted out of Old Dominion can transfer that production to the NFL.
The Giants obviously think so, since they took him with their only Day 2 selection on Friday, 95th overall. The Giants had a terrible pass rush last season, which promised to be worse after they traded Olivier Vernon to Cleveland. And after they didn't take an edge rusher in the first-round on Thursday, they knew they had to grab one in Round 3.
There were more proven talents from bigger schools still on the board, but none that had been as productive as the 6-3, 253-pound Ximines. He had 32 ½ sacks during his four years at Old Dominion, including 11 ½ as a senior last year. He also had 11 forced fumbles during his career.
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Of course, that was playing in Conference USA. He was invited to the Senior Bowl to play against far better competition, and according to one scout there he was overmatched at times, looked small and tended to get pushed around. However, that scout also said it was easy to see his athleticism and speed (he ran a 4.7 40) and pass-rushing instincts.
He likely won't start immediately for the Giants or be a three-down player, but he certainly could find a way onto the field as a pass rushing specialist at first.
Any small school player is a risk, of course, and the Giants have certainly missed on plenty of them over the years. Taking one in the third round is an even bigger risk, because there's no way to know just how good he'll be when he steps up against the better competition on a regular basis.
But the Giants had a big need for pass rushers with instincts, and clearly thought there was enough talent to work with there. If they're right, their pass rush could be a lot better next year.