The Unexpected Emergence of Rookies Duvon Hayward and Demarco Poteat

by xEriccG12 | 3 years ago | 1 Comments

In the Season 24 MBL Draft, under new ownership, the New York Giants were unsure about what position was of most need to the team or what their draft strategy would be. This was something the organization needed to figure out as the Giants had the 9th and 14th pick in the 1st round of the Season 24 MBL Draft. As Draft day was upon us the Giants organization thought they had a plan set for the draft and once the draft started it was like all hell broke loose and everyone was shuffling with scouting reports and combine grades to see who could be available at 9 and 14. Once the Giants were on the clock, the organization was still unsure of where to go and made a very unexpected decision as they decided to take MLB Duvon Hayward with the 9th pick. This pick was a confusing one for most fans as the starting MLB from last season B.J. Goodson who was still under contract had a career year totaling 102 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 9 interceptions, but with B.J. just turning 28 the team decided that it would be best to bring in the 23 year old 6’2” 248 lbs signal caller from Louisville to lead the new look Giants Defense. After the 9th pick the Giants were sure about where they were going at 14 and they wanted to stay on the Defensive side of the ball at CB. There were many 1st round CB prospects and once the Giants were on the clock at 14 there were 2 players that were high on their draft board and a decision had to be made between Jimmy Barlow out of Ohio State or Demarco Poteat out of Nebraska the Giants saw the size of Poteat and were enamored from the beginning of the college football season and knew that he would do big things in the MBL if placed in the right situation and when it came down to it the Giants thought this team would give him a chance to grow alongside Percy Hamlin and Eli Apple. After the Draft the Giants were unsure if they made the right decision taking Hayward over potential offensive players that could have been taken at the 9th pick, but Hayward wanted to make all those doubts go away and he did just that with a stellar season so far. As we head into Week 16, Duvon Hayward has 71 total tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 7 Interceptions and 2 forced fumbles. Duvon has kept us in games and closed games out with 3 multi-interception games on the season each game having 2 interceptions. Hayward has led the Giants defense to being 3rd in Points Allowed at 13 PPG, 2nd in Total Yards Allowed at 237.9 YPG, 3rd in Passing Yards Allowed at 189.1 YPG and 7th in Rushing Yards Allowed at 48.8 YPG. Demarco Poteat the big 6’2” Cornerback out of Nebraska started the season at the #2 CB spot behind Percy Hamlin and above Eli Apple. Coach Ben McAdoo thought it would be a great way for him to grow into the #1 Corner we can see him being in the future and will give Eli a great opportunity to produce from the nickel cornerback position. Poteat strived in his position to say the least, he took over and was making plays everywhere on the field. It was so impressive that Demarco was leading the Giants in tackles for most of the season, only to be beaten out by fellow Rookie Duvon Hayward. Demarco Poteat had his shining moment in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints as he took an AJ Stanton pass to the house for 6 as time expired in the 1st half and would be the lone touchdown for the Giants in that game leading to a 12- 7 win for the Giants against the Saints. Although not the interception numbers we would hope to see out of our #2 CB at only 3 INTs on the season. Poteat’s physical play on and off the ball has been the driving force for this defense and the part of the reason the New York Giants are 9-5 on the season and looking towards the playoffs heading into Week 16. Both Duvon Hayward and Demarco Poteat will have to have their A game as the New York Giants welcome the 9-5 Oakland Raiders and the MBL’s leading rusher, Titus Roth, into Met Life Stadium for a primetime matchup with playoff implications for both teams.