The Giants And The Draft Since Super Bowl XLVI

Since the Giants won Super Bowl XVLI in 2012 they have done comparably well in the NFL draft based on rookie performance and in retaining talent.

Here are the rookie quarterbacks since 2012 that in their rookie season

  1. started 3 games,
  2. had a 60% completion rate,
  3. a 70.0 passer rating,
  4. a 3.0 passing touchdown percentage and
  5. passing yards per game of 175 yards.

 

Here are the rookie Running Backs since 2012 that in their first six games had

  1. Yds/Rushing Att >= 4.75,
  2. Rushing Yds >= 300,
  3. Touchdowns >= 2, and
  4. Receiving Yds >= 75

 

Wide Receivers

Here are the rookie Wide Receivers since 2012 that in their first six games had

  1. Yds/Target >= 8,
  2. Receiving Yds >= 190,
  3. Receiving TD >= 1 and
  4. Catch Pct >= 55

 

Tight Ends

Here are the rookie Wide Receivers since 2012 that in their rookie season had

  1. Yds/Target >= 6,
  2. Receiving Yds >= 420,
  3. Receiving TD >= 2 and
  4. Catch Pct >= 55

 

D-Line

Here are the rookie Defensive Line players since 2012 that in their rookie season had

  1. Tackles Solo >= 30,
  2. Tackles For Loss >= 6,
  3. Sacks >= 5.5, and
  4. QB Hits >= 6

The 2019 rookies were selected based on the corresponding stats for the fraction of the season played.

Player Pos Age Year Tm G Sk Solo Ast Comb TFL QBHits
Josh Allen DE 22 2019 JAX 6 4 12 7 19 5 8
Bradley Chubb SLB 22 2018 DEN 16 12 41 19 60 14 21
B.J. Hill DL 23 2018 NYG 16 5.5 32 16 48 6 8
Darius Leonard WLB 23 2018 CLT 15 7 111 52 163 12 8
T.J. Watt ROLB 22 2017 PIT 15 7 40 14 54 10 13
DeForest Buckner LDT 22 2016 SFO 15 6 43 30 73 7 18
Aaron Donald DT 23 2014 RAM 16 9 38 10 48 18 13
Fletcher Cox DT 21 2012 PHI 15 5.5 32 7 39 8 10
Zach Brown WLB 22 2012 OTI 16 5.5 68 25 93 11 8

 

Linebackers – 3-4

Here are the rookie 3-4 Linebackers since 2012 that in their rookie season had

  1. Tackles Solo >= 40,
  2. Tackles For Loss >= 8,
  3. Sacks >= 5, and
  4. QB Hits >= 5

 

Linebackers – 4-3

Here are the rookie 4-3 Linebackers since 2012 that in their rookie season had

  1. Tackles Solo >= 60,
  2. Passes Defended >= 5,
  3. Interceptions >= 1, and
  4. Tackles For Loss >= 5

The 2019 rookies were selected based on the corresponding stats for the fraction of the season played.

Player Pos Age Year Tm G Sk Solo Ast Comb TFL QBHits Int Yds TD PD
Devin Bush LB 21 2019 PIT 6 1 32 20 52 3 1 2 6 0 3
Tremaine Edmunds MLB 20 2018 BUF 15 2 80 41 121 5 7 2 19 0 12
Roquan Smith RILB 21 2018 CHI 16 5 89 32 121 8 5 1 22 0 5
Darius Leonard WLB 23 2018 CLT 15 7 111 52 163 12 8 2 38 0 8
Stephone Anthony MLB 23 2015 NOR 16 1 70 42 112 5 4 1 5 0 5
C.J. Mosley ILB 22 2014 RAV 16 3 88 45 133 8 12 2 23 0 8
Alec Ogletree LLB 22 2013 RAM 16 1.5 95 24 119 9 1 1 98 1 10
Zach Brown WLB 23 2012 OTI 16 5.5 68 25 93 11 8 3 156 2 5
Luke Kuechly MLB 21 2012 CAR 16 1 103 61 164 12 1 2 22 0 7

 

Defensive Backs

Here are the rookie Defensive Backs since 2012 that in their rookie season had

  1. Tackles Solo >= 30,
  2. Interceptions >= 1,
  3. Passes Defended >= 5, and
  4. Tackles For Loss >= 5

Summary

Since the Giants victory in the 2012 Super Bowl, the Giants have drafted the most talented rookies. Based on the criteria used above on rookie year performance the Giants have drafted six rookie high achievers. The league average was 2.09. The next best teams are the Steelers and Rams with four rookie high achievers. Coming in at three were the Broncos, Vikings, Titans, Chargers, 49ers and Redskins. The teams below average with one are the Bengals, Jets and Seahawks. However the worst teams at zero rookie high achievers are the Cardinals, Lions, Packers, Dolphins and the Patriots, The below average teams for the most part make sense compared to their lack of success. However the Seahawks at one and the Patriots at zero are an enigma.

As for retaining the rookie wonders the Steelers lead with keeping all four of their rookie wonders. Other teams that were good retaining the rookie talent were the Chargers and 49ers who retained all three of their high achieving rookies. The average retained rookie high achievers was 1.625.  The Giants lost the most rookie high achievers with the loss of Odell Beckham and Landon Collins.

Teams that were active in acquiring other team’s rookie achievers were the Browns, Jets and the Eagles who picked up two rookie high achievers each. These three teams had high final counts on having players that were high rookie achievers due to their activity at acquiring other team’s talent.

The final counts for teams with players that were rookie high achievers in this time-frame have the Giants at top with five. they are followed by the Browns, Eagles and Steelers at four. The average across the league was 1.909.

The Giants may get a third round compensatory draft pick for the loss of Landon Collins. Other than that they got nothing. However for the Beckham trade the Giants look to have done okay. They got former first round pick safety Jabrill Peppers who was entering his third season. In addition they got two 2019 picks. With those picks they selected first rounder defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and third rounder linebacker Oshane Ximines.

Among all rookies Lawrence is tie for fifth in sacks and quarterback hits. All rookies ahead of Lawrence in sacks are edge rushers. He is tie for tenth in tackles for loss with only one defensive tackle ahead of him. Through six weeks of the season Dexter Lawrence is Pro Football Focus’s highest graded rookie as reported by nj.com.

The other draft pick from the trade is Oshane Ximines. Ximines comes in tie for third in tackles for loss among rookies. He is also fifth among rookies in quarterback hits and sacks. Ximines is fourteenth among rookies in solo tackles.

The third player in the trade, Jabrill Peppers, is on track to have the best year of his three year career. He is second on the Giants in tackles and has one interception that he returned for a touchdown. He also has a forced fumble, three passes defended, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit He is one of only three active defensive backs that put up those numbers six weeks into their third year over the last ten seasons.

 

For those interested in a by team list of the players I have attached the file here – high perf rookies since 2012. The color coding in the Team column is orange (1), blue (2), yellow (3), green (4) and purple (5). Under Team To column it shows the team a rookie has been lost to or yellow if still on the drafting team. The drafted column is the number of high performance rookies drafted by a team. The Remain column is how many are still on the team. The Trade/FA are the number of high performing rookies picked up by a team. The Final column is the sum of remain and pickups. It is color coded as the team column. There are averages at the bottom.

I am encouraged by what the Giants have done in the draft and keeping players or getting a good deal. As for team performance and this list. Well many teams match up with this list and their team performance. For those that don’t I attribute it to you are only as good as your weakest link. The Patriots may not have drafted a lot of high performance players but their overall team standard is probably higher than most teams.

I  hope you find the data interesting. Enjoy the week seven games!

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