Jerry Reese opted for Evan Engram in the first-round of the NFL draft. In the second-round, Reese filled one glaring hole. With the 55th overall pick he chose Dalvin Tomlinson.
With the departure of Johnathan Hankins, the New York Giants were looking for a replacement at defensive tackle.
Luckily, former Alabama Crimson Tide star Dalvin Tomlinson fit the bill and was still on the board at 55.
Not only is Tomlinson a star football player, but he has the brains to go with it. He could have attended Harvard based purely on his academic abilities.
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But instead of brains, he chose brawn, deciding to join Alabama in the spotlight of college football. Despite Tomlinson tearing both of his ACL's over the course of his athletic career, he managed 5.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and 62 tackles, according to NFL draft profiles.
The 310-lb. behemoth was used on the interior and the exterior in a Nick Saban pro-style defense.
His ability to stuff the run and attract two blockers is essential for the Giants, after the departure of "Big Hank."
Jerry Reese chose to draft a tight end in the first round named Evan Engram. Most mock drafts have the Giants taking an offensive lineman in the first-round, but Jerry Reese clearly had other plans.
With the offensive lineman in the draft being on the weaker side, it left Big Blue wanting to address other issues.
Tomlinson brings grit, experience, and a leadership mentality to a top 5 ranked defense. He will cost a fraction of the price Hankins was set to earn in 2017, and will hopefully help the Giants make a run at Super Bowl 52.