Isaiah Simmons could be the draft answer for Joe Judges Giants.
Two late season wins likely gave the Giants a chance at Chase Young, a leader in Ohio, but after Monday's College Football National Championship, Giants Twitter was thrilled with the 21-year-old linebacker from Clemson.
"The things I would do for the #Giants to design Isaiah Simmons. #GiantsPride" tweeted NYGToday,
"There is no other player in this design that is more versatile than Isaiah Simmons. Plays multiple positions and STs. If I listen to Joe Judge, I know that he will use him to show his strengths. The giants will draw him "I have to wait and see. But he seems to be his type. #GiantsPride" tweeted WBG84
"NEED ISAIAH SIMMONS IN GIANTS BLUE" tweeted jimmy_coppa,
The NFL experts also quickly praised the sensational performance of the red shirt junior.
"This game is a highlight from Simmons" Daniel Jeremiah tweeted, an NFL network analyst and former scout.
"He's like a creator you wouldn't allow your friend to have." Aaron Nagler replied, Founder of Cheesehead TV.
This spring, the Giants will have the fourth overall ranking of the 2020 NFL draft behind the Bengals, Redskins and Lions. The Giants Simmons have selected a number of mock designs.
The giants have several holes to fill, especially on the offensive line, but the defense gave 28.2 points per game – third worst in the NFL.
The judge, who was hired by the Giants last week, spoke at his introductory press conference about his evaluation process.
"I didn't see her as a receiver, I didn't see her as bottom, I didn't see her as a linebacker," said the judge. "I'm used to looking at the players from an overall perspective to see what they mean for the entire team."
"Don't try to push round pens into square holes. Find out what you have. Let them show their strengths."
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker has demonstrated an ability to seamlessly switch between protecting against the run, rushing for passers-by, and covering receivers. Clemson's defense coordinator, Brent Venables, has proven to be skillful in deploying Simmons. Of his 738 snapshots in 2019, 35 percent were achieved with slot cornerback, 32 percent with linebacker, 18 percent were in deep security, 14 percent were in the defensive line and 1 percent were in wide cornerback, according to Pro Football Focus.
Simmon's unprecedented versatility can only be compared by its freaky athletic ability. His speed Rival of teammate and two-time ACC player of the year, Travis Etienne Jr.who is 5-foot-10. His physical stats are somewhat reminiscent of Seahawks' current defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, who was selected first by the University of South Carolina in the 2014 NFL draft. At the combine, Clowney was 6-foot-5, 266 pounds, and clocked the fastest 40-yard strike time of any defensive lineman in the draft class at 4.53 seconds.
The emphasis on cover ability has increased with the changing requirements of the linebacker position.
"The linebacker position has developed like no other in the past ten years," wrote Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus. “In 2009, the defenders had five or more defenders in just 35.7 percent of the games. This season it is 58.0 percent and things are only going uphill. … No one has shown more versatility than Clemsons Isaiah Simmons. "