The New York Giants waited practically all night to make their fourth selection of this NFL Draft. When they finally got on the clock with the 95th overall selection (No. 32 in Round 3), a lot of talent had passed them by.
One player that did not get past them was Old Dominion edge rusher Oshane Ximines. The 6-foot-3 and a half, 253-pound overachiever who could end up being a major steal for Big Blue.
Ximines (pronounced Zim-ah-nes), led OD in tackles for loss and sacks in all of his four years at the school, finishing his career with 51 and 32.5, respectively, to go along with 176 overall tackles. Last year, Ximines recorded 12.0 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and had four forced fumbles, which ranked him among national leaders and earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where the Giants got an up close look at him.
“Edge defender who needs to prove himself as run defender, but he could earn early reps as a nickel rush option,” writes NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlien. “Ximines played as an even front end, but 3-4 teams could still have him on their radar depending on his athletic testing. His fully furnished repertoire of rush tactics could get him a look on Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) and give him a good chance to become an eventual starter in either a 4-3 or 3-4.”
Ximines will likely be used as an outside linebacker and situational pass rusher, but now that the Giants have Markus Golden and Lorenzo Carter, defensive coordinator James Bettcher can toy with his pass rush and seek out opportunities for mismatches.
It’s very conceivable that Ximines is deployed at right defensive tackle in some packages to help augment the pass rush and add speed up front. Either way, he’s another weapon in the Giants’ defensive arsenal that will help get pressure on the quarterback.