Fifth and sixth round: LB Micah McFadden, DT DJ Davidson, OG Marcus McKethan and LB Darrian Beavers: C
Injuries, injuries and more injuries. Unfortunately for the Giants, that was a consistent theme for this rookie draft class from last season. For offensive guard Marcus McKethan, his 2022 campaign was over before it could ever get started. The lineman went down during the Fan Fest scrimmage in early August. Shortly after, it was announced that he suffered a torn ACL.
With Davidson, he also suffered a torn ACL. His came in the upset win over the Packers in London. Davidson was hoping to make a difference on special teams and defense for the Giants, but his year was cut way short. With the defensive line depth being an issue for Big Blue last season, losing Davidson so early on was rough for Schoen.
Lastly in the fifth round, McFadden was able to save things for the group, as he appeared in all 17 games for the squad. McFadden, a 6-2, 230-pounder, recorded 59 total tackles and two sacks. He saw a ton of action thanks to the horrendous LB play as a whole in '23. We're thankful we won't see Tae Crowder and Jaylon Smith featured in the future.
Speaking of linebackers, the Giants took Darrian Beavers in the sixth round of the draft and this young man had plenty of potential leading up to Week 1. Just like McKethan, though, Beavers was never able to suit up in the regular season. He suffered his torn ACL in the preseason game vs. the Bengals. While that sucked for the former Cincinnati standout, he's been grinding in his rehab. He's no question a player to keep an eye on next campaign.