NFL Draft: Breakdown of All Giant Needs


The logic is that the Giants can only meet one of their many needs with # 4 in the NFL draft.

Unless the selection is Clemsons Isaiah Simmons.

According to Pro Football Focus, Simmons played at least six snaps in seven different positions – inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defense line, strong security, slot cornerback, free security and outside cornerback. His latest stats: six duels, two quarterback rushes, two pass breakups and a sack.

Simmons could be the perfect solution to a defense that desperately needs a new player at all levels – the Giants spent the least amount of NFL salary caps on defense in 2019. If only he could clone to play seven positions at the same time.

The college football season is over, the NFL draft is less than 100 days away and here is the Giants' biggest draft need. The free agency comes first and some gaps will be closed in March, but John Mara, co-owner of Giants, and Dave Gettleman, general manager, prefer local talent to a shopping spree:

1. Edge banding machine

Call it "defensive end". Call it "external linebacker". Simply place several calls for help.

Regardless of whether coordinator Patrick Graham runs a 3-4, a 4-3 or more fronts, the Giants need at least one big time pass rusher and another in a rotation. If Markus Golden has been part of the free agency since 2014 after registering the Giants' first 10-sack season, those are two great times.

After the quarterback, the next position the bank will break in the free agency is pass-rusher. So the Giants will probably only get one from the free market. Is it enough to add another Lorenzo Carter or Oshane Ximines type in the middle of the design?

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has many gaps to fill in this NFL draft.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman has many gaps to fill in this NFL draft.Charles Wenzelberg

2. Go on the offensive

It is likely that neither of the Giants' two 2021 starts is on the current list. The inability to trust edge protection slows quarterback Daniel Jones's corrections to a confusing issue.

31-year-old Nate Solder is ready to move left to right – cleared by free agent Mike Remmers – to house a rookie starter. The cap on Solder’s contract is $ 13 million when it is released in 2020, but half when it is released in 2021.

Gettleman used only one of his first 16 draft picks in an offensive duel (injured 7th-rounder George Asafo-Adjei).

3. Inside linebacker

Rookie Ryan Connelly looked like a draft steal with 20 tackles, two interceptions and a sack in four games before a knee injury at the end of the season. The alarming subtext is how clearly the selection of the fifth round was a cut before all other inside linebackers.

Alec Ogletree can be cut for $ 8.25 million in cap savings, and David Mayo and Deone Bucannon were fillers in season. The Giants haven't had a linebacker for the first round since 1984 and haven't had a playmaker at the position since … Michael Boley in 2012?

4. Security

It is time to find a long-term solution with free security after seven different primary starters in the past seven years (maybe it is Julian Love?). Antoine Bethea remarkably played 99.6 percent of the Giants' defensive strikes in his 35-year season. But the giants can cut it at minimal cost.

The jury was eliminated after three NFL seasons because of strong safety concerns against Jabrill Peppers, especially because of a serious back injury. He is sporty and leading, but has never had a season with 80 tackles and has only achieved a handful of takeaways in 40 career games.

5. Wide receiver

The Giants are expected to fix their cornerback deficiency in the free agency. Adding a veteran, especially for the slot, makes more sense than another youngster alongside DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Corey Ballentine, and Grant Haley.

The launch recipients Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate are productive, but Shepard's concussion history and Golden Tate's 31-year contract (which may not be available in the next two offseasons) raise long-term question marks. Darius Slayton led the Giants as a freshman in round five by receiving yards and touchdowns.

6. Repeat # 1 and # 3

Defensive front seven playmaker.