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Which pros do Giants rookies compare to?

Posted May 1, 2017

Experts compare Giants draft picks to veteran NFL players:


The NFL Draft is all about finding the “next” someone. So who will the 2017 class members turn out to be? Giants.com rounded up some of the pro comparisons being made about the six newest members of Big Blue. Here’s what we found:


Round 1 (No. 23): Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
Pro comparison: Jordan Reed (Redskins)

“Jordan Reed is a good example of a tight end that is hard to handle, one of those undersized tight ends that is hard to handle for linebackers and safeties, and this guy is probably cut in that same kind of cloth and this guy is really fast. This is a fast, receiving tight end.” – Giants general manager Jerry Reese

“You can see the similarities, he’s [Evan] an inch taller, Jordan was 10 pounds heavier, this guy ran a lot faster, but the way they were used, yes, very similar.” -- Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross

“Evan Engram is a copy of Jordan Reed, who is playing down in Washington. This is a matchup nightmare.” – Bucky Brooks, NFL Network

“Evan Engram gives the Giants an underneath matchup player with the speed to get up the seam. Similar to the skill set of Jordan Reed, Engram has the route running talent and formation flexibility to align in multiple spots. He can be a weapon for Eli Manning." – Matt Bowen, ESPN


Round 2 (No. 55): Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
Pro comparison: Dan Williams (Raiders)

“Prototypical Alabama defensive tackle who wins with leverage, power and technique. Tomlinson's powerful frame and ability to stack the run between the tackles could make him a scheme-flexible target in the draft. While he is likely to be drafted as a run bully, his history of operating in Alabama's stunt-and-twist-oriented defense could help keep him on the field on third downs for teams using a similar concept. Tomlinson has a chance to become an early starter and should work into a defensive line rotation immediately.” -- Lance Zierlein, NFL.com


Round 3 (No. 87): Davis Webb, QB, Cal
Pro comparison: Jared Goff (Rams)

“A dogged worker whose numbers (4,295 yards, 37 TD passes) at Cal last year were just a tick below Jared Goff's production a season earlier. Like most of his peers, Webb needs some acclimation time from the spread offense to the NFL, but he'd get plenty of that apprenticing under Eli Manning. Webb might also have a coaching future.” -- Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sport


Round 4 (No. 140): Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson
Pro comparison: Devonta Freeman (Falcons)

“When I watched him play, I looked back at [Falcons running back] Devonta Freeman’s career at Florida State. When he came out, a lot of people said, ‘He does a little bit of everything well, but what does he do really well?’ Well, he developed big as he went along in the NFL with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Just how hard this guy played and carried the ball in the ACC, that’s what I liked about Wayne Gallman.” – Charles Davis, NFL Network


Round 5 (No. 167): Avery Moss, DE, Youngstown State
Pro comparison: Olivier Vernon (Giants)

“When you think about Olivier Vernon, Olivier Vernon is a guy that’s probably a more natural 3-4 outside linebacker type that was able to play in Miami and eventually he landed that big contract with the Giants. Maybe [Moss] kicks in on that side, plays behind Olivier Vernon, learns how to play that position and becomes a very, very productive player. He has some disruptive plays. You saw the splash play potential.” – Bucky Brooks, NFL Network


Round 6 (No. 200): Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pitt
Pro comparison: Ben Ijalana (Jets)

“A two-time first-team All-ACC selection at tackle, Adam Bisnowaty is a massive man with four years of starting experience under his belt. In 2016, Bisnowaty allowed just one sack and was  consistent in his angles, his timing and his aggressiveness. He plays with an admirable mean streak and finishes blocks with power. Bisnowaty has shown impressive instincts and patience for recognizing and picking up stunts, blitzes and delays. He's a seasoned pro, and defenses won't fool him. His best asset other than experience is his power. He has a strong right-handed punch and will stick defenders on the edge with a stiff left too. His punch is quick and has shown good accuracy for landing in the chest of pass-rushers. When he's balanced and on time, Bisnowaty can shut down bull-rushers with his base.” – Matt Miller, Bleacher Report