The Giants final pick in the 2014 draft came up at 4:01 and the team quickly submitted their card. Unless they trade back into the seventh round, they will begin evaluating free agents for the frenzy that starts as soon as Mr. Irrelevant is selected at dinner time (Eastern Daylight).
The Selection: A converted wide receiver, 26 game starter and team captain for Notre Dame, cornerback Bennett Jackson has great hands for a defensive back. Tough and durable, Jackson is an explosive player with special teams experience who is both tough and durable. As he converted positions in 2011, he is still learning cornerback and is hesitant at times and his tackling skills are weak.
Who They Passed Up: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Aaron Richardson remains on the board. The Giants failure to address their offensive line in the later rounds is curious given the injuries issues surrounding JD Walton, Will Beatty, and Chris Snee.
Expert Rankings: Jackson does not appear on NFL network Mike Mayock’s or nfl.com and SiriusXM radio’s Gil Brandts’s top player lists. He is 29th on Nolan Nawrocki’s cornerback rankings in his draft guide.
Current Giant Most Effected: Jayron Hosley. Hosley is entering his third season, and while showing marked improvement from his first year to his second, the Giants signed three cornerbacks in free agency and drafted Jackson in the sixth round. Waiving Hosley will save $500,000 against the salary cap. His roster spot is in jeopardy if the rookie more than practice squad level talent.
Every player selected on day three for the Giants is a team captain. The team was obviously looking to bring leaders into the locker room. Jackson is a project, having recently converted from wide receiver to cornerback. He is a developmental player who may need time on the practice squad before he is ready to contribute to the 53 man roster.