1 December 2020

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Draft Preview: New York Giants

When the New York Giants selected quarterback Daniel Jones over Dwayne Haskins with the 6th overall pick in the 2019 draft it had people questioning the Giants’ front office.

Jones would steal the starting job from Eli Manning in week 3 where he would throw for 336 yards along with 2 touchdowns and secure the first win of the season. Fans soon came to fall in love with crowning him with the name “Danny Dimes” and now felt as if he was the right pick in the draft. Although Jones had a spectacular rookie season the Giants would go 4-12 finishing second to last in the NFC East. Here are some positions the Giants go address in the draft.

Linebacker

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The bad secondary isn’t all the cornerbacks’ fault when it comes down to the big plays given up. The Giants lack linebackers that are able to cover receivers for a short amount of time. Many teams would notice their weakness in secondary and would somehow always get a receiver on linebacker match up. The Giants need someone who can do something to the receivers whether it bumps them will they pass or even cover them for a couple of plays if needed. The Giants can snatch up the most versatile linebacker in the draft Isiah Simmons.

Simmons is coming off an impressive season at Clemson where he recorded 7 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 8 pass deflections. Simmons is arguably the best defensive player in this year’s draft and hidefensive versatility is what the Giants desperately need.

Cornerback

The Giants secondary isn’t the best in the league especially their cornerbacks. The Giants secondary had 10 interceptions and was ranked as one of the worst defensive teams in the league. New York Secondary was constantly being burnt as they would give up an average of 8 yards per passing play. New York had a rough time with corners and released Janoris Jenkins their leader in interceptions after he made a controversial response to a reporter.

The Giants could look to add a corner with their second-round pick, and a prospect to look out for is Damon Arnette. Arnette recorded 8 pass deflections, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Arnette plays with physical man coverage and with the Giants allowing 8 yards per play they need someone with the physicality of Arnette.

Wide Receiver

After Odell Beckham Jr recorded an impressive 1,052 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns in the 2018 season the Giants decided it was time to head in a different direction. The Giants would trade Beckham in before the start of the 2019 season and would pick up receiver Darius Slayton in the 5th round. The Giants found a diamond in the rough with Slayton as he would become the team leader in receiving yards with 740 yards along with 8 touchdowns. The Giants could look to add another receiver to there receiving core that includes Slayton, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate.

A prospect to look out for late into the draft is 6’4 238 lbs, Chase Claypool. Claypool is known for his runs after catches and his ability to win jump balls against defenders. If the Giants are able to pick up Claypool with their 3rd round pick they could get another steal at wideout.

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