New York Giants: 2018 NFL Draft grades for Day 2 picks

The New York Giants had three picks on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft, and they continued the combination rebuild while trying to win now formula.

The New York Giants proved they are in win-now mode by giving Eli Manning a running game in Round 1, taking Saquon Barkley with the second-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draf. They needed to address their front seven and offensive line on Day 2.

New general manager Dave Gettleman did just that.

They got a steal at the 34th overall pick when they drafted Will Hernandez out of the University of Texas El Paso. He was expected to go in Round 1. Then the Giants got the edge rusher they needed for the second level, and they got a premier run stuffer for the front three.

Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

We all know that New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman loves his hog mollies. Will Hernandez epitomizes a hog molly. He’s strong and has a solid base for the running game, and he’s athletic enough for pulling and strong enough in pass protection. He has the perfect mean streak to play inside against the interior defensive linemen.

Lorenzo Carter, EDGE, Georgia

Big Blue is switching their defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4. So, they needed to grab an edge rusher in the 2018 NFL Draft. Carter is a fast and strong edge rusher who can set the edge against the pass or the run. He can chase down running backs and receivers looking to run after the catch. When it comes to production, he has 15 sacks and forced and recovered six fumbles.

B.J. Hill, DT, NC State

The Giants got their guy for the edge in their 3-4 defense with the 66th overall pick. That means they need interior linemen to help set up the edge to get to the quarterback. He’s an athletic interior defensive lineman who can stop the run at the line or chase down runners. Hill has good recognition of offensive linemen moves.

Day 2 Grade: A-