One of the best interior pass-rushers in the ACC in 2017 has officially begun his NFL career. An ‘17 All-ACC second team member, McIntosh will find himself grinding at the highest level of football with the New York Giants. After being selected in the fifth round, the newest ProCane defensive tackle will be counted upon for an immediate contribution in the defensive rotation.
A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, McIntosh was one of the defensive stalwarts for the Hurricanes last season. With a quick first step and ability to penetrate the backfield in a flash, McIntosh is a tremendous asset against the pass. Letting his play do the talking for him, the 6’4” DT can be a leader by example moving forward. After being diagnosed with a thyroid issue at the Scouting Combine, McIntosh has taken measures to handle it and should be clear to pursue quarterbacks and running backs starting with Giants rookie minicamp.
After foregoing his senior year at Miami, McIntosh has finally become a professional in the football ranks. With comparable traits to the last UM DT to be selected in a draft at the position, Kareem Brown in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, McIntosh possesses a higher ceiling in terms of reaching the next level of his potential. With the assumption that his former roommate and good friend Kendrick Norton garners a selection later in the draft, McIntosh joins Arizona Cardinals’ DT Olsen Pierre as the only ProCanes listed as defensive tackles in the NFL at this point in time. McIntosh will enter a defensive line room with fellow ProCane DE Olivier Vernon.
RJ McIntosh’s Junior Declaration Profile
RJ McIntosh’s NFL Draft Profile
Welcome to Big Blue, RJ McIntosh! #NFLDraft #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/7SjUKForAi— New York Giants (@Giants) April 28, 2018
Congratulations to RJ McIntosh the newest member of the New York football Giants! U Family!— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) April 28, 2018
Let’s Go @Big__80! Bring that #86G to the NYC! https://t.co/2ph2GLA5PW— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) April 28, 2018
Giants select RJ McIntosh - LOVE this pick. True up-field disrupter. Will be a great fit at the 5-tech in the new #Giants defense. 6-4 and 293. Performed incredibly-well vs. Quenton Nelson - BIG time. Build through the trenches - DG gets it! #GiantsPride #GiantsDraft #NFLDraft— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) April 28, 2018
With the 139th pick in the #NFLDraft, the @Giants have selected @CanesFootball DL R.J. McIntosh (@Big__80) as Round 5 gets underway! pic.twitter.com/tmoRjNM5sC— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) April 28, 2018
The pick in Round 5! #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/DWlE11q2iu— New York Giants (@Giants) April 28, 2018
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