Logic dictates that the Giants can only fill one of their many needs with the No. 4 pick in the NFL draft.
Unless the selection is Isaiah Simmons of Clemson.
Simmons played at least six snapshots in seven different positions: internal linebacker, external linebacker, defensive line, strong security, slot machine corner, free safety and external corner, according to Pro Football Focus, in Clemson’s defeat against LSU in the championship game Monday’s national. His last line of statistics: six tackles, two quarterback passes, two pass breaks and a catch.
For a defense that desperately needs changes in the game at all levels, the Giants dedicated the least amount of NFL salary space to the defense in 2019, Simmons could be the perfect solution. Now, if only I could clone to play seven positions simultaneously.
The college football season is over, the NFL draft is less than 100 days away and here are the biggest Giants draft needs. Free agency comes first and some gaps will be filled in March, but Giants co-owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman prefer local talent to an expense spree:
1. Edge Rusher
Call it “defensive end.” Call it “external supporter.” Simply make multiple help calls.
Whether coordinator Patrick Graham has a 3-4 front, a 4-3 or multiple fronts, the Giants need at least one runner in a big way and another in a rotation. Do that two big winners if Markus Golden enters free agency after recording the first season of 10 Giants catches since 2014.
After the quarterback, the next position that will break the bank in free agency is the runner’s pass. So, the Giants will probably only take one out of the open market. Is it enough to add another Lorenzo Carter or Oshane Ximines type in the middle of the eraser?
2. Offensive Tackle
It is likely that none of the two initial tackles of the Giants for the 2021 season is on the current list. The inability to rely on edge protection will delay field marshal Daniel Jones’s corrections to a clumsiness problem.
Nate Solder, 31, is willing to move from left to right, unoccupied by free agent Mike Remmers, to accommodate a rookie starter. The maximum limit on the Solder contract is $ 13 million if published in 2020, but half if published in 2021.
Gettleman has only used one of his first 16 draft picks in an offensive tackle (George Asafo-Adjei, seventh injured round).
3. internal supporter
Rookie Ryan Connelly looked like a draft steal with 20 tackles, two interceptions and a catch in four games before a knee injury that ends the season. The alarming subtext is how clearly the selection of the fifth round was a cut above all other internal supporters.
Alec Ogletree can be reduced by $ 8.25 million in capitalization savings, and David Mayo and Deone Bucannon were filled in season. The Giants have not recruited a first-round linebacker since 1984 and have not had a game creator in the position since … Michael Boley in 2012?
It’s time to find a long-term solution with free security (maybe it’s Julian Love?) After seven different main entrees in the last seven years. Antoine Bethea played remarkably 99.6 percent of the Giants’ defensive snapshots in their 35-year season. But the Giants can cut it at a minimal cost.
The jury is not sure of Jabrill Peppers after three seasons in the NFL, especially due to a serious back injury. He shows athletics and leadership, but has not had a season of 80 tackles and has only generated a handful of conclusions in 40 career games.
5. Wide receiver
The Giants are expected to address their cornering deficit in free agency. Adding a veteran, especially for the position, makes more sense than another young man with DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Corey Ballentine and Grant Haley.
The initial Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate recipients are productive, but Shepard’s history of concussions and the 31-year Golden Tate contract (possible departures in the next two seasons) create long-term question marks. Darius Slayton led the Giants in receiving yards and touchdowns as a rookie in the fifth round.
6. Repeat No. 1 and No. 3
Defensive front-seven players.