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Coaches Corner: Highlighting the UDFA Prospects Fighting to Make the Team

By Michael Stewart/@TheTruthNYG

Among the UDFA players the Giants GM Joe Schoen has signed immediately after the draft, I researched each one and have concluded that I project that 3 could possibly make the 53-man roster and at least 5 could make the practice squad; barring any injuries of course. Overall, I gave the Giants draft a B+ grade, which is slightly higher than my original grade of a B after further evaluation. As for the UDFA grade I believe a B is a fair starter point and that could certainly change if some of these prospects develop and/or contribute during the 2022 season. Let’s take a look at the top 3 UDFA signings that I believe could make the final roster and the top 5 who could make the practice squad before opening day.

Opening Day Roster

  1. Jashuan Corbin (RB) Florida State-5’11/205:  Corbin has highlight potential both as a runner or a receiver out of the backfield and has the ability to evade tackles. Corbin has a great opportunity make the team.
  2. Yusuf Corker (S) Kentucky-6’0/205: Safety is arguably the weakest position on the defensive side of the ball in terms of depth and Corker actually graded out higher than Dane Belton did who the Giants drafted on Day 3.
  3. Chris Hinton (DL) Michigan-6’4/310: Hinton can play anywhere along the defensive line, which can only enhance his chances of making the team. Hinton was projected to be drafted late on Day 3. Hinton has some pass rushing skills to go along with his ability to stop the run.

Practice Squad

  1. Austin Allen (TE) Nebraska-6’8/253: Allen has immense size with a long frame (with room to grow) and reliable hands despite his lack of speed he did average nearly 15 yards per receptions at Nebraska.
  2. Zyon Gilbert (CB) Florida Atlantic-6’0/195: Gilbert graded out well on his Pro Day with a 4.42 forty-yard dash and a 11.6 broad jump. Extremely athletic and should be a solid choice to make the practice squad.
  3. Josh Rivas (OG) Kansas State-6’6/320: Rivas can play multiple positions along the offensive line and would benefit a great deal honing his skills on the practice squad.
  4. Tomon Fox (EDGE) North Carolina-6’3/270: Fox caught the eye of Joe Schoen while at the Tar Heels Pro Day and has some pass rushing ability that should garner a strong possibility of making the practice squad and develop his overall game.
  5. Tyrone Truesdell (DT) Florida-6’4/335: Truesdell is a human wall with his massive size, and he utilizes it well as a 2-gap run stuffer.  Truesdell was actually graded higher than DJ Davidson who the Giants drafted on Day 3. Time on the practice squad would serve him well.

This list could certainly change if GM Joe Schoen continues to add players after other teams’ releases and/or cuts or if another UDFA prospect emerges as we move closer to training camp. The current roster will continue to evolve as the finish product is currently an unknown. Overall, between the draft signings and the UDFA signings, GM Joe Schoen did an excellent job and has given the Giants a head start in rebuilding this roster and a solid foundation for years to come.