With the 167th overall pick, the Giants selected defensive end Avery Moss of Youngstown State.
The 6’3, 264-pound DE played his first two seasons of college ball at Nebraska. He earned the starting role as a true freshman. In his short time as a Cornhusker, Moss totaled 40 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and one interception. His time at Nebraska was cut short after he was kicked out for exposing himself to another student.
Moss returned to college ball for the 2015 season, finishing his last two years of eligibility with his former Nebraska coach, Bo Pelini, at Youngstown State. Moss totaled 58 tackles, five forced fumbles, and 13 sacks, earning him first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors.
With defensive players Jason Pierre-Paul and Oliver Vernon in the starting roles for the Giants, Moss will be competing for the back-up position. A limited amount of playing time for Moss won’t necessarily be a bad thing. With playing his last two seasons in a Division 1AA school, Moss needs time to adjust to the speed and style of the NFL. He will be competing against players from Michigan and Wisconsin in the NFL. Moss hasn’t played against that level of competition in three years.
The Giants need to add more speed and pressure to their line, as they totaled just 22 sacks last season. Moss can certainly help that with the use of his length and flexibility.
Overall, the Giants made a solid selection going with Moss. It’s hard to find those diamonds in the later rounds and, with time for him to develop, Moss could be a diamond.
Overall Grade: C+