Giant Stars At The Jets Game And A Look Way Forward Mock Draft

A tough Giant loss to the neighboring Gang Green team.  However there were some stars to the game on the Giants. Here are the stars and some of their impressive accomplishments this season.

Daniel Jones had four touchdown passes in the game against the Jets. That is his second game of 4 touchdown passes for the year. He joins only four other rookie quarterbacks to ever have 2+ games with  4+ passing touchdowns in their rookie season. Here is the group.

Update: Also Daniel Jones is just one of six rookie quarterbacks who were 22 years old or less that had 3+ three hundred yard passing games in their rookie season. Here they are by number of games.

Darius Slayton is one of only ten rookie wide receivers since 2011 that have 5+ receiving touchdowns and 390+ receiving yards in their first eight games. Slayton and Martavius Bryant are the only two on the list chosen on day three of the draft.


Since Golden Tate started in week five, he is one of only six wide receivers in the league to have 3+ receiving touchdowns, 415+ receiving yards, 65% + catch rate and 12+ yards per reception.


Markus Golden is one of only seven players this season to have 6+ sacks, 15+ quarterback hits, 7+ tackles for loss and 20+ solo tackles.


In that group Golden has the second most tackles (43) and the lowest number of missed tackles (2). His 4.4% missed tackle percentage is the lowest in the group.

Some bright spots in a dismal season. Looking way forward here is a fanspeak mock draft I ran on 11/10. At the time the Giants had the sixth pick. They have since moved up to the third pick. But I kept this one to highlight some good players. In the more recent runs Edge rusher Chase Young is available and would be tough to pass on at three. (Note: I pick what players are available by the simulation. Some of these players should not be available so late).


Georgia has allowed just four sacks all season, tied for tops nationally with Air Force. None of those have been charged to Thomas. Thomas has allowed just four sacks in his career and multiple pressures in just three contests in 2017. Thomas has allowed zero sacks and only three hurries in 372 snaps this season. He was named to the Sports Illustrated and CBS 2018 All American Team and was on the 2017 ESPN All Freshman All American Team. He is a dedicated hard-working intelligent player that quietly does his job.

Five of the top nine teams in offensive 1st downs per game are the top five teams with the most 1st round offensive linemen with three or four first rounders on the line. Those teams are Atlanta (4), Seattle (4), Dallas (3), Indianapolis (3) and San Francisco (3). Five of the bottom nine teams have one or zero first round linemen.

Protect our new quarterback! The Giants have two first round draft picks on their offensive line. Both were made by other teams.


One of 12 semi-finalists for the 2019 Butkus Award given to the top linebacker. Murray is a three-down linebacker as he is good in coverage. Murray is one of only two FBS players that have 140+ solo tackles, 25+ tackles for loss and 8+ sacks over the last three seasons. His 71 solo tackles in 2018 was good for seventh among 2020 draft eligible players and was a 13% team market share. An 11% solo tackle team market share for a linebacker is indicative of a potential All-Pro to Pro Bowl player since the 1989 NFL draft class.

The five teams with the most first and second round starting linebackers (three) are all in the top eleven teams in low average receiving yards per reception. Those teams are Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Washington. Of the five teams with the highest average receiving yards per reception four have zero linebackers picked in the first two rounds starting. They are starting at the worst the Bengals, Raiders, Giants, Dolphins. Then comes the Packers with one linebacker chosen in the first two rounds.

It has been over 10 years since the Giants selected a linebacker in the first three rounds. They selected Clint Sintim in round two in 2009.


Tyler Johnson had 1,169 receiving yards in 2018 for a 43% team market share. 95% of all All-Pro players reached this level of market share production since 1969. So far in 2019 he has 730 receiving yards and a 34% team market share. 95% of 5-Time Pro Bowl players reached this level of market share production since 1969. Johnson was eighth in the NCAA in receiving touchdowns in 2018 with 12. As reported by Pro Football Focus, among the 125 Power 5 wide-outs with 25 or more routes run in the red zone in 2018, Johnson ranked second behind Clemson’s Tee Higgins in receiving grade (89.7).

I could see no correlation between the number of first three round receivers on a team roster and team production. The three teams with the most receivers from rounds 1-3 are Cowboys (5), Eagles (4) and 49ers (4). The majority of teams have 3 or 2. The Giants have three Latimer, Shepard and Tate. There are eight teams with only one and none with zero.

The Giants last first three round wide receiver picks were Sterling Shepard in round two of 2016 and Odell Beckham in round one of 2014.


Robinson was one of only nine players in 2018 that had 10+ sacks, 15+ tackles for loss and 30+ solo tackles.  Future Giant teammate Oshane Ximines was one of the other nine.

Giants continue a trend being the third straight year they pick an edge rusher in the top four rounds. Last year was Ximines and the year before Lorenzo Carter both third round picks.


Gordon, a one year starter, is number one in the NCAA in passing yards (3,794) and passing touchdowns (34). John Burrow who is second in passing yards is 600 yards less. He is sixth in completion percentage (71%). His touchdown to interception ratio is 3.4. Gordon sat behind Garner Minshew last year. The Giants can use a good backup quarterback.


Weaver had 15.9% of his team’s solo tackle market share in 2018. Nine games into the 2019 season Weaver had 20.1% of his team’s solo tackles. Those numbers have been indicative of a potential All-Pro to Pro Bowl player since the 1989 NFL draft class.


In 2017 Surratt was the starting quarterback for the first six games as a freshman. He threw for 1,342 yards and had a 131.2 passer rating. He switched to linebacker for the 2019 season.  In 2019 he has 49 solo tackles good for a 13.6% team market share and the most on the team. Surratt earned ACC Player of the Week Honors in a 20-17  victory over Duke. He led the team with 12 tackles and sealed the victory with an interception at the goal line with just seconds remaining. He also had a sack in the game.


Davis is one of the best high-hurdlers in the nation. The track star is also a talented safety. He had four interceptions in 2018. His average kick-off return yards of 26.2 was second in the Pac-12 and he returned one for a touchdown.


Danna had 8.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and 36 solo tackles in 2018. From a team market share view that was good for 6.7% solo tackles, 18.3% tackles for loss and 35.4% sacks. Those are   numbers indicative of a potential All-Pro to Pro Bowl player since the 1989 NFL draft class.  Going into the 2019 season Pro Football Focus had this to say about Danna – “Over the past two seasons, Danna has won 24.3% of his pass-rushes, the second-highest rate in the nation.”


Ten games thru the 2019 season Highsmith has 9.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and 30 solo tackles. Those numbers amount to a team market share of 8.2% solo tackles, 23.5% tackles for loss and 33.8% sacks. Like Danna those numbers are indicative of a potential All-Pro to Pro Bowl player.


Brooks is reportedly a sure tackler against the run and has developed into an excellent blitzer off the edge.  His 59 solo tackles is number one in the Big Ten and his five passes defended is number nine. He has four interceptions over the last three seasons. Brooks was voted Second Team All-Big Ten by coaches last season.

Enjoy the Giant’s bye week!

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