The Giants drafted Alabama safety Xavier McKinney with the 36th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Here are what NFL experts are saying about the pick.
The #Giants quickly turn the pick in, selecting #Bama safety Xavier McKinney at No. 36. Most teams had him as a clear first-rounder. Joe Judge coached at Alabama, now take a player from there.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2020
X.Mckinney is a versatile safety with a high IQ and excellent communication skills. He can play in the box for the @Giants as $ LB in nickel packages or man the post as a deep middle player. #NFLDraft— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 24, 2020
Xavier McKinney was just as versatile Isaiah Simmons last year without any of the fanfare. He played over 200 snaps in box, slot, and deep.— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) April 24, 2020
Big fan of Giants draft so far
I trust Daniel Jeremiah. @MoveTheSticks just called McKinney "the best safety in the draft." #NYG— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) April 24, 2020
New York's newest addition Xavier McKinney can do it all pic.twitter.com/RUEIOUK5A9— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 24, 2020
And I love the Giants getting Xavier McKinney, too. The Alabama safety is a big-time favorite of Nick Saban's. His ex-assistant Joe Judge did well to get him at 36.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 24, 2020
I love me some Xavier McKinney awesome free safety nickel type. He throws his body around. Has no regard for his body. He is awesome in coverage.— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 24, 2020
Xavier McKinney @AlabamaFTBL Exc move by @giants - My #1 Safety - I surveyed 9 teams and they him as their #1 DS too- Natural Free Safety movement and instincts. Can cover TE's too in NFL @nflnetwork— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) April 24, 2020
Daniel Jeremiah on Xavier McKinney: "This is a first round player."— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) April 24, 2020
McKinney was awarded most versatile Safety in the class. He recorded a 87.6 overall grade his final year at Alabama, 88.1 grade in coverage.— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) April 24, 2020
In 2019, McKinney had 4 pass-breakups, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions. McKinney allowed just 350 yards on 58 targets.
Most people had Xavier McKinney as a top 20 player on their board. He played all over the place for Alabama last year. Deep, box, slot. Really good football player. Reports were that Nick Saban raved about him to teams. Nice moveable piece on defense. First safety taken.— John Schmeelk (@Schmeelk) April 24, 2020
Xavier McKinney career at Alabama:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 24, 2020
984 Coverage snaps
3 TD allowed pic.twitter.com/NSP7YU4RV4
Alabama coach Nick Saban told teams that S Xavier McKinney was one of his very favorite players. McKinney goes to @Giants at 36. New coach Joe Judge was on Saban’s staff as an analyst for 3 years.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 24, 2020
#Giants, Xavier McKinney is the next great @AlabamaFTBL safety in the NFL!! His range and football IQ are elite!— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) April 24, 2020
What makes him special- #AchoAnswers@mckinney15__ @JordanRaanan @MattLombardoNFL @RVacchianoSNY #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/IIzA0yAA6r
#Giants-#XavierMcKinney-. Aggressive tackling and has made some big hits. Sudden change of direction and chase ability puts him in position to make a lot of plays. Sudden to drive on the ball in the air. Solid ball skills getting his hands to the catch point— Dan Shonka (@Ourlads_Shonka) April 24, 2020
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