By Michael Stewart@TheTruthNYG
The Reese’s senior bowl week has concluded with every NFL team getting a chance to scout over 100 prospects for the upcoming 2023 draft. Among the many GM’s on site were the Giants Joe Schoen and DC Wink Martindale. The Giants do have many holes to fill on their roster, so let’s take a look at my top 5 performances on both sides of the ball.
- Tank Dell (WR) Houston-5’8/163: Dell was arguably the best offensive prospect during the week and displayed quickness unmatched by any player on the field. Dell will need to quiet any doubters as he is not big and could that translate good or bad at the NFL level.
- John Michael Schmitz (C) Minnesota-6’4/320: What you see is what you get in Schmitz as he can be defined as a model of consistency. Schmitz can do it all as a run blocker, pass protector and block in open space. Schmitz stock definitely on the rise and if he has solid performance at the combines, he could crack the 1st round.
- Payne Durham (TE) Purdue-6’5/255: Durham has a respectable season with the Boilermakers (56/560/8) but his performance this week displayed great hands and crisp routes. If Durham continues to impress at the combine, his stock move up on Day 3.
- Dawand Jones (OT) Ohio States-6’8/375: Obviously the first thing notice about Jones is his massive size, but there’s a lot more to him that meets the eye. Jones utilized his immense wingspan (90 inches) once engaged at the point of attack and has good footwork for his size.
- Tyjae Spears (RB) Tulane-5’10/210: The group of running backs during this week were impressive, but no one shined more than Spears. Spears displayed sound running skills with quick decisions through the hole, but really made his mark as a receiver out of the backfield by showing off crisp routes and soft hands.
- Darius Rush (CB) South Carolina-6’2/200: The Cornerback position is arguably the deepest position in this draft and Rush didn’t disappoint showing off his athletic ability and being the fastest player in Mobile.
- Keeanu Benton (DT) Wisconsin-6’4/315: Benton was the top defensive tackle all week as he displayed a quick 1st step and showed a variety of pass rushing moves to go along with his immense power.
- Sydney Brown (S) Illinois-6’3/202: Brown stood out with his measurements; which includes a 6’11 wingspan. Brown showed the ability to stay with smaller receivers by utilizing his foot speed and agility.
- Keion White (DE/DL)-6’4/285: White wasted no time to make an impact on the field during the one-on-one drills. Displaying a combination of explosiveness and power off the snap.
- Will McDonald (EDGE) Iowa State-6’4/235: McDonald excelled in nearly every facet on defense as he shined in both run support and pass coverage. McDonald also did well in the one-on-one drills against some of the best offensive linemen in the country.
There were many other prospects who did well this week, but I only focused on my top 5 on offense and defense. GM Joe Schoen must have walked away with high aspirations as we could see a few of these prospects having their name called when the Giants select. With a total of 11 picks the Giants should have another solid draft under Joe Schoen.