A look at the NY Giants defensive draft needs

Marquita Quinones
NFL reporter

By Marquita Quinones //  @LatinLove729

The 2019 NFL draft is fast approaching, and many teams will be trying to fill the gaps on their roster. It is no surprise that the  New York Giants have some gaping holes to address. But the Giants have been known to draft great defensive players over the years, however, as of late they have suffered greatly in that department. Expert analysts have even stated that it is because of the Giants defense that Super Bowl XLVI was such a successful win over the New England Patriots. 

Players like Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Pepper Johnson, Michael Strahan, Keith Hamilton, Osi Umenyiora, and Justin Tuck are just a few great players that put the Giants defense on the map. Unfortunately, since the retirement of Strahan, the defense has diminished immensely; so it is time for the Giants to focus on rebuilding. That is why it seems so obvious that the Giants would have an eye on LSU Linebacker Devin White.

In his past two seasons at LSU, White had a total of 256 tackles — 25.5 tackles for loss — and 7.5 sacks. Just this past season, he won the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker, and he put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Like a race-car driver at the Indy 500, White ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds, the fastest among all players at his position.

To make room for some new players that will fit the Giants defense under defensive coordinator, James Bettcher, the Giants had to cut Eli Apple, Olivier Vernon, and Alec Ogletree, who just didn’t live up to the hype. But in order to rebuild the defense, the Giants needed more draft picks and allowed their best safety, Landon Collins to sign with the Washington Redskins as a free agent.  

Just last week the Giants met privately with both cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Corey Liuget.

Both these players have had their share of issues but with the Giants needs being so apparent I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t hear more about these two and the possible signing with the Giants this upcoming season. The Giants did manage to sign outside linebacker Markus Golden, giving them a solid starter at the position. But as a veteran player on a one-year contract, it does not provide them a long-term solution. Gettleman still has a lot of work to do in order to lock down a true impact pass-rusher for the future.

Although I still favor Devin Smith as being a top pick, there are still options like Florida State’s Brian Burns who has been putting up some impressive numbers on the draft boards at the combine. The former Seminole finished his collegiate career with a 10-sack season and has the ability to play with his hand in the dirt or from a stand-up position. Burns has been credited for his tremendous football IQ as well. Another prospect at the DE position would be Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat. His performance at the combine moved him up the draft board as a possible top pick in the draft.

The New York Giants will have their hands full during this rebuilding stage but I do believe there is plenty of potential in the upcoming 2019 NFL draft.

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