3. Xavier McKinney
During a dreadful 2021 season for the Giants, Xavier McKinney was one of few bright spots, tying for fourth in the NFL with five interceptions, including a memorable pick-six in the Giants upset over the playoff-bound Las Vegas Raiders.
While McKinney broke out a season ago, he seems to still fly under the radar nationally, as indicated by his 81 overall Madden ranking. McKinney, however, is no longer flying under the Giants radar. Martindale made McKinney the defensive signal caller, indicating he is the most important player on the Giants.
Martindale even connected McKinney with ex-Ravens legendary safety Eric Weddle to help learn how to be a star safety in a Martindale defense. It is evident that the coaching staff views McKinney as the defensive leader, and boy is it good to see a Giants defense finally containing multiple stars.
McKinney has looked strong at camp and the hope is that things will continue for him. The standout DB is poised to have a huge 2022 campaign for the Giants. People can’t wait to see what he’ll be able to get done.