Once thought of as sure-fire second-or-third round pick, Kelcy Quarles fell all the way out of the draft and into the outstretched arms of the New York Giants. Quarles' draft stock was negatively affected by the perception that his first-team All-America junior season (9.5 sacks) was propped up by the attention being paid to Jadeveon Clowney. Even though he was ultimately exonerated from any wrongdoing, his involvement in an altercation at a New York nightclub cannot have helped.
Previewing the draft, SB Nation's Giants blog assessed Quarles' potential fit with New York:
If the Giants don't address the DT position earlier, certainly. Given his experience playing next to a freakishly athletic defensive end, in a 4-man front, in a defense that used a hybrid S/LB position, it's almost hand-in-glove.
Unless an absolute worst case scenario happens, Quarles would likely be a bit of a reach at 43, however if he makes to the Giants' third- round pick, and they still haven't added a defensive tackle, they would need to think long and hard about taking Quarles.
If Giants fans thought getting Quarles as a third-round pick was a nice deal, then getting him as an undrafted free agent is even better. New York did take another defensive tackle though, grabbing 6'3, 304-lb. Jay Bromley out of Syracuse.