Round 3, Pick 67: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
Brandon Smith is crawling up draft boards, but still is not garnering the attention that he deserves. He is not Micah Parsons, but much like his former Penn State teammate, Smith is more than just a traditional linebacker. While most of his time will be spent shoring up the middle of the defense, Martindale will be able to design some fun plays for Smith to rush the passer. He is an impressive specimen, and the explosiveness he plays with creates a number of possibilities for him as a professional.
Round 3, Pick 81: Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
Speaking of impressive specimen, Jelani Woods put together the best RAS for a tight end in the history of RAS. Yes, Woods ranks first out of 998 graded tight ends from 1987 to 2022. Okay, now please pick your jaw up from the floor and read the rest of this. Aside from Ricky Seals-Jones, there’s not much to rave about when it comes to the depth chart. Engram and Rudolph are no longer with the New York Giants, so Woods can come in and challenge for starter reps on arrival. If he shows up to camp and flexes that athleticism, it might just be too much for Brian Daboll to deny.
Round 4, Pick 112: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
Troy Andersen is a rare prospect. He not only played quarterback and linebacker in college, he excelled at each spot. Ultimately, Andersen showed this offseason that he is no gimmick player and that his future is at linebacker in the NFL. Considering how little experience Andersen has at the position, there is reason to believe that he is just beginning his ascension as a player. He showed that he belonged each step of the way, and is a guy that is impossible to not root for. He is a football player, to his core.