Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft, the Giants needed to address their pass rush. Ranking 30th in the league last year just doesn't cut it, and with Olivier Vernon -- the team's best option off the edge -- traded to the Browns this offseason, it became that much more of a priority.
And when Josh Allen, arguably the best edge rusher in the Draft, fell to the Giants at No. 6, it seemed liker a no-brainer. But GM Dave Gettleman wanted his quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones, and made their pick. Montez Sweat was also on the board at No. 16, but Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence heard his name called instead.
It wasn't until the third round that the Giants got their edge rusher in Oshane Ximines, the first player to ever be drafted out of Old Dominion. He may be from a small school, but he totaled 32.5 sacks over his four-year career with the Monarchs.
But does he feel any pressure coming to a Giants squad that desperately needs to get to the quarterback this season to reverse the stigma? Not in the slightest.
"No, not really, I don't feel any type of pressure," Ximines told reporters at Giants rookie minicamp on Friday. "I'm just trying to show the team that I can learn the playbook and be an asset on special teams, and just contribute to this team in any way they need me."
In fact, recording a sack is Ximines' "favorite thing to do," as he has been a pass rusher since he started playing football. However, he will admit that making the jump from Old Dominion to the NFL will be a big task.
He's up for it.
"It is a pretty big jump coming from Old Dominion to a bigger stage," he said. "We never had none of this, but it's something to get used to. You've got to take everything one day at a time, just like I do everything else in life, and I just plan to do that."
It helps that Ximines has his New York roots, as he put it. He was born in New York, and though he didn't have an official visit with the Giants or Jets, he was hoping one of those teams would take him.
"I was born in New York. I moved away when I was five years old," Ximines explained. "But my grandma moved out to Queens. Being around grandma was always good. It's always that loving feel. So being around her and having that love is definitely going to help me out here. I'm excited to be back home."
The Giants are going to love if Ximines can solver their pass-rushing issue. One of the main reasons they called his name was due to his plethora of pass-rushing moves to get into the backfield. He isn't a one-trick pony, a trait defensive coordinators like James Bettcher loves to see.
He credits that skill to his coach back at ODU.
"Just by being with my coach at Old Dominion, (Old Dominion Defensive Line Coach) Coach (Jeff) Comissiong," he said. "That's something he drilled into my head every single day, and every single day I went out there and worked my craft with him, and it eventually became something I got good at. I just plan on keep working my craft, and just try to perfect everything I can just to be an asset to the team."