By Michael Stewart
Introduction: After a successful draft, GM Dave Gettleman was still hard at work improving the Giants roster with the signing of 7 UDFA. This number could certainly change before training camp officially begins. GM Dave Gettleman addressed the defensive and offensive line by selecting 4 out of 6 at those positions and based on the UDFA signings thus far; it appears (aside from Nick Gates (OL) & Tae Davis (OLB) that Gettleman focused on wide receivers and cornerbacks mostly.
- Davon Grayson (WR) East Carolina: Blessed with the size and speed to excel on the outside, Grayson’s primary attribute is his speed, and has shown that he can not only take the top off of defenses, but is also a shifty presence underneath. He displays a natural ability to go up and get balls at the highest point, and can also catch balls while in stride and quickly shift his body and get up field for yards after the catch.
- Nick Gates (OL) Nebraska: the 6’5 and 307 pound offensive tackle had a 3rd to 4th round grade heading into the draft. Gates will not overpower you at the point of attack, but does possess great hands and foot technique that makes up for his lack of strength. Gates needs to get stronger in his upper and lower body to win the one on one battle’s in the trenches. Could be more suitable playing inside at guard at the NFL level.
- Sean Chandler (DB) Temple: Chandler has good speed and is a solid cover defensive back. Chandler’s combination of ball hawking skills and a ferocious tackler makes him a playmaker in the secondary. Chandler can play the safety position as well as the corner and could be a diamond in the rough signing.
- Tae Davis (OLB) Tennessee Chattanooga: Davis is an undersized OLB transitioning from the safety position, where he played for 3 years prior to the move. Davis possesses quickness and the ability to handle Tight Ends in coverage. Needs to play in open spaces to be successful and not having a body on him. Davis could be an excellent special teams player at the next NFL
- Jawill Davis (WR) Bethune-Cookman: Davis is more suited to play in the slot at the NFL level and possess excellent speed to create separation from his defender. Davis has soft hands and is not afraid to catch the ball in traffic and take a hit. Davis posted an excellent time in the 40 yard dash (4.37) and also in the vertical leap (39 inches). Davis could excel as a nickel back with the Giants, but needs to deveiop his tackling skills.
- Grant Haley (CB) Penn State: Haley is only 5’9, but has a solid frame at 190lbs, Haley posted solid numbers at the combine with a 4.44 in the 40 yard dash, 3.94 20 yard shuttle and a 34 inch vertical leap.
- Aaron Davis (CB) Georgia: Davis was a walk on at Georgia and started for the bulldogs as a freshman. Davis played three positions in the secondary and ran a 4.4 in the 40 yard dash. Davis can play in the box and in nickel schemes and could excel as a special teams player in the NFL.
Final Thoughts: Not sure if Gettleman is done with the UDFA signings as only 7 players were signed; which seems a bit low. So there could be more to come over the next few days. Whether or not any of these players emerge and make the 53 man roster is still too early to predict. However; I do like some of the signings and believe that there is a possibility that maybe one could.