RD 7 – Alohi Gilman S Notre Dame
Do you like bone-crushing tackles that dislodge the ball from the ball carrier’s hands? Do you enjoy watching replays of fundamentally sound tackling and picturesque ball stripping moves by defensive players? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are going to love Alohi Gilman roaming in the secondary for the NY Giants.
Gilman doesn’t possess great athletic ability or speed, but he is as fundamentally sound in every facet of the game as any draft prospect at the safety position. With a nose for finding the ball carrier and excitement for making a big hit, Gilman is a playmaker at the back end of the draft.
In addition, he has the build to play a hybrid safety and linebacker role, which allows Patrick Graham to get creative with him. Putting him in a safety group that includes Jabrill Peppers and Gilman’s former college teammate in the Notre Dame defensive backfield, Julian Love gives this team a strong young safety corps.
If Gilman is able to teach Jordan Fuller some of his tackling techniques, there is a good chance that this safety group could be extremely dynamic. With the NFL going to defensive sets that feature more safeties and safety hybrids, having depth at the position is a must.
With leadership, character, and confidence galore, Gilman is a perfect depth player for the NY Giants to utilize on both defense and special teams. His knack for making big plays will quickly endear him in the hearts of NY Giants fans everywhere.