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    EAST RUTHERFORD Carl Banks Jerseys 2019 , N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have an X-Man, hopefully with the power of a pass rush.The Giants addressed their need for an edge rusher, taking defensive end Oshane Ximines of Old Dominion late in the third round Friday.A four-year starter and the first player to be drafted at his school, Ximines had 58 tackles this season, including 18 1/2 for losses. The defensive end had 12 sacks last season, finishing his career with 33. He had 11 forced fumbles in his career.“As we all get to know ‘X-Man’ better, you are going to see why we picked him,” coach Pat Shurmur said.General manager Dave Gettleman said Ximines had second-round value and the Giants started focusing on him as a potential pick roughly 14 or 15 picks before taking him with the 95th pick overall.Ximines, who grew up in North Carolina White Phil McConkey Jerseys , said his parents were from New York City and they were rooting for him to be drafted by the Giants.“I figured the NFL was a possibility by my junior year,” Ximines said in a conference call. “They just started reaching out to me and it started to become a reality for me. I just tried to work as hard as possible.”While Ximines did not play in a top-level conference, Gettleman said he had the ability to start for teams in the ACC.He also said he was unique in that he has to ability to make counter moves against an offensive lineman, something college players usually have to learn after they get to the NFL.Defensive linemen from small schools have excelled with the Giants. Hall of Famer Michael Strahan was from Texas Southern and Osi Umenyiora played at Troy.The Giants had three picks in the first round on Thursday. They took quarterback Daniel Jones of Duke at sixth overall, Clemson tackle Dexter Lawrence at No. 17 and Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker at No 30 after a late trade with Seattle.They waited 65 picks on Friday before taking Ximines.“I said it last night, we need pass rush help,” Gettleman said. “We feel we’ve addressed it. We got inside pass rusher help (Lawrence) and we got outside pass rush help.”The Giants will have six picks in the final four rounds on Saturday. They still need help at safety and linebacker as well as a wide receiver who can go deep.“The draft, it’s a full draft,” Gettleman said. “There are guys in the fourth and fifth rounds that we really like and we still have third-round guys available.” If the New York Giants want to upgrade their defense Phil McConkey Jerseys 2019 , and they do, they will need to upgrade their pass rush. A big part of that will be improving their secondary so they can employ more man coverage concepts to slow down quick passes and give their pass rushers more time to work. However, they also need more pass rushers to send after quarterbacks as well. This happens to be an incredibly deep draft class for pass rushers, both inside rushers and EDGE defenders. That bodes well for a team drafting just outside of the top five, that they might be able to land a player who could be the top player at the position in most other years. However, if the Giants opt to draft a quarterback at sixth overall, they will need to wait until the second, or worse, fourth White Mark Bavaro Jerseys , round to find a player. That means finding players who have potential and upside, but are flying under the radar. Amazingly, one of those players is Christian Miller of Alabama. How could it be that an EDGE with the potential to be an impact player at the next level could go to Alabama, and still be an under-the-radar player?MeasurablesHeight: 6-foot-3Weight: 240 poundsProsPrototypical frame for an EDGE.Able to play from a two and three-point stance.Appears to have ridiculously long arms. Already has polished hand usage. Shows solid athleticism.Able to drop into coverage. Disciplined run defender.ConsOnly one year of production. Shows a false-step when rushing from a two-point stance.Undersized to play defensive end.Played on a stacked defensive front.Has an injury history.Prospect VideoWhat They’re Saying - Jon Ledyard (The Draft Network scouting report) Does He Fit The Giants?Miller should fit the Giants and fill a definite need in their front seven. He has all the traits that would suggest a future playmaker at EDGE. His size, athleticism, versatility, and length are everything NFL scouts look for in pass rushers. He shows a solid burst off the edge to win with speed as well as the ability to win through technique with long arms and polished hand usage. And as an added plus, he is disciplined in the run game and has the ability to use his leverage to stand up bigger blockers. However, his pass rush is compromised by a curious false step when rushing from a two-point stance. All too often Mark Bavaro Jerseys 2019 , his trail foot takes a bucket-step before he gets into his rush. It gives savvy offensive linemen a clue as to his rush and delays his first step off the snap. There is also the question as to why he wasn’t able to get more than spot or mop-up duty on Alabama’s defense before his senior season. Granted, he (like Quinnen Williams) had to contend with a depth chart loaded with future NFL players, but it is a question the NFL will want answered. Likewise, his medical history will need reviewing after a torn biceps ended his junior season and a hamstring injury suffered in this year’s college football play-offs. Depending on how those questions are answered, Miller could be an under-the-radar surprise in a draft class stacked with EDGE rushers.