After years of sub par drafts, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman stepped in last season and changed the course, selecting running back Saquon Barkley in the first round and then following it up with several more quality picks.

From top to bottom, the Giants’ draft class played particularly well in 2018 and provided a positive view of the future. Several were even chosen for NFL honors, which is a trend that continued on Wednesday when two were named to Gil Brandt’s NFL All-Rookie Team.

The first, which would have been easily guessed by anyone, was the aforementioned Saquon Barkley.

Running back: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Draft position: Round 1, No. 2 overall.

Barkley had a very good year despite struggles by his O-line, rushing for 1,307 yards, 11 touchdowns and 5.0 yards per carry. He also caught 91 passes, which helped him compile a league-high 2,028 yards from scrimmage. The thing that surprised me the most about him was his willingness to protect the passer — I thought he did a very good job with that. My pre-draft ranking: No. 1.

The second Giants rookie to make the cut wasn’t guard Will Hernandez, who was beaten out by Quenton Nelson (Indianapolis Colts) and Frank Ragnow (Detroit Lions), but rather, defensive tackle B.J. Hill.

Interior lineman: B.J. Hill, New York Giants
Draft position: Round 3, No. 69 overall.

Hill is very strong at the point of attack and has good pass-rush ability, as evidenced by his 5.5 sacks in 16 games (12 starts). He ranked second in the NFL among rookie defensive linemen with 48 tackles, behind only Payne (56). My pre-draft ranking: No. 94.

Linebacker Lorenzo Carter deserves a tip of the cap for a quality season in which he improved every week, while defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh also made good on his limited snaps after returning late in the year.