The NY Giants are currently missing a big-bodied wideout to go up and get balls in the red zone; could undrafted receiver, Binjimen Victor be that guy?
When Binjimen Victor enrolled at Ohio State to play football, big things were expected out of the four-star recruit. However, fast forward four years later and he somehow fell all the way off the draft radar and right into the laps of the NY Giants as an undrafted free agent.
The major thing that went against Victor at OSU was the sheer number of other elite receivers he had to compete with, as getting snaps as a wideout for the Buckeyes can be difficult with the team having some of the – if not the best – skill position players in the country.
The 6’4 wideout made the best of the circumstances and stuck it out at Ohio State, putting together a decent, but not spectacular career.
Yet, the major thing the NY Giants currently need in their wide receiving core right now is the one thing Victor possesses in spades; the ability to go up and grab touchdowns in the red zone.
Despite not being nearly a focal point of the Buckeye offense, Victor still wrapped up his career with 18 touchdowns, including 7 alone in his Sophomore year. If you take away his freshman year, he had 4 or more touchdowns every year with limited playing time.
To put things in more of a perspective, Victor only caught 83 total passes in his career. So, his 18 touchdowns work out to him scoring every 4.6 times he touched the ball — an elite, unheard of rate (that obviously would be hard to keep up with more volume).
If he played at another school, Victor would for sure have been a key starter and likely heard his name called on draft day.
Who will he have to beat out?
The front part of the NY Giants wide receiving core is virtually set, as Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Sterling Shepard are penciled in as starters. After that, Cody Core is basically guaranteed a roster spot due to his special teams prowess even though he offers nothing at the position.
So, there will be anywhere from 2-3 spots on the active roster (teams usually carry six receivers, but with rosters expanded some may carry seven) and up to another two on the practice squad.
For one of the last 2-3 spots on the main team, Victor’s main competition will be young veteran Corey Coleman, newly-acquired Da’Mari Scott, second-year pro David Sills, and fellow undrafted players Austin Mack (who played with Victor at OSU), and Derrick Dillon out of LSU.
To be frank, I’d give Victor a legit shot of making the squad against that competition. Although he’s a former first-round pick that is still young, Corey Coleman hasn’t proven he can stay healthy or be productive. Da’Mari Scott had just two catches last year with the Bills, David Sills was a practice squad guy himself last year and then that just leaves the two other undrafted free agents.
With Darius Slayton being the tallest NY Giants wideout at 6’1, the group undoubtedly needs some size.
There’s a solid chance we could see Victor filling that role.