The New York Giants got better on defense with the selection of Owamagbe Odighizuwa with the 74th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. This is a great pick for the Giants. Odighizuwa is going to help the Giants run defense which gave up 4.9 yards in 2014.
The Giants fan base is used to having defensive ends who are flashy pass rushers. Odighizuwa will provide some pass rusher but is really more of a run stuffing defensive end. He isn’t an overly explosive player but he is a stout 6-3 267 pounds.
This was a solid draft selection for the Giants. Odighizuwa is from a really good football program at UCLA. Jim Mora Jr. is a tough minded coach and his players are truly a reflection of that. Odighizuwa will be a rotational player that the Giants play at defensive end on running downs.
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He may be just a role player but that is exactly what the Giants need. I am a bit surprised that the Giants did not go with Carl Davis who was the best run stuffing defensive linemen on available. Davis was drafted later in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens.
The Giants chose a defensive end instead of a defensive tackle. Maybe general manager Jerry Reese believes that Odighizuwa is an underrated pass rusher. He certainly is a hard working player and with good coaching he could get better production as a pass rusher.
The important thing is that the Giants made two picks for their defense. Drafting another receiver or a running back would have totally ignored draft need. This was a good pick by the Giants at a position of need.
Draft Grade: B