Giants make 2 trades, take Kentucky WR Robinson in 2nd round

Wan’Dale Robinson was told for most of his football career that he wasn’t big enough.

On Friday, Robinson found an NFL team that agreed with him when the New York Giants surprised many by taking the 5-foot-8 Kentucky wide receiver in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Giants general manager Joe Schoen was in the mood to spin and negotiate on day two of his first draft, going down twice to pick up extra picks, then taking a receiver who had 104 catches for the Wildcats in the tough Conference. from the South East.

Schoen said the Giants had a deal in place before the start of the second round and quickly reached another, dropping a total of seven spots in the round before grabbing Robinson, who was with family and friends at a hotel. in Lexington, Kentucky.

New York also continued to look for all-around help in the third round, taking on North Carolina lineman Joshua Ezeudu and LSU defensive back Cordale Flott.

“I just feel like somebody just had to believe in me and not believe in the height and just believe in the football player,” Robinson said, adding that the Giants were becoming a tough, elusive point guard. and exciting.

Robinson had a breakout season in 2021, gaining 1,334 yards and scoring seven touchdowns.

Giants coach Brian Daboll said Robinson can play in the slot and out. Combined with Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, he will bring additional versatility to Daniel Jones and on offense.

“What we’re trying to do is put as many generative pieces out there to create space and stretch the field, whether it’s vertical or horizontal,” Daboll said. “He’s another good guy who has the ability to run after catching, which is an important aspect of that.”

Robinson’s selection fills another hole in a team that went 4-13 in Joe Judge’s second and final season. New York took the lead over Oregon rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux with the fifth pick and Alabama takes on Evan Neal with the seventh pick in the first round Thursday night.

With the top picks, it was an easy first day for Schoen. His second day created more picks in the draft.

The Giants fell in both of their second-round trades.

First, they traded the No. 36 overall pick to the Jets for No. 38 and a fifth-round pick. Just as quickly, they dealt the 38th pick to Atlanta for the 43rd overall and an additional pick in the fourth round.

The Jets took running back Breece Hall from Iowa State with the 36th pick and Atlanta took rusher Arnold Ebiketie from Penn State.

Ezeudu has made 28 starts for the Tar Heels, including 21 over the past two seasons. Most of the starts were at left guard, but he also made four at left tackle and three at right tackle. He also played in different positions in the same match.

Ezeudu said he met with Giants offensive line coach Bobby Johnson a few times.

“I mean, I would say your name is still a surprise,” Ezeudu said. “Everyone expects this to happen, but until it actually happens, it actually shocks you.”

Flott started 21 games for LSU and played in 35. He was versatile as he played cornerback, safety, and the nickel position.

The Giants will have six picks in the final four rounds on Saturday.

“We want to keep building depth,” Schoen said. “Depth is important, whether it’s a substitute role or competing for a starting role or special teams. Just keep building depth and competition.

Schoen said he would be willing to use his picks to move up or down or create flexibility, this year or next.

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