Giants Can Get Immediate Help in Draft
The New York Giants had the worst defense in the NFL this past season. A lack of a pass rush, combined with a lack of playmaking in the linebacking core proved to be too consistent of a factor in nearly every Giants loss this past season.
The Giants have some players to build around on defense including Landon Collins, Devon Kennard, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but there are gaping holes to fill in this defense.
The upcoming NFL draft can absolutely provide some well needed talent the Giants and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can certainly use.
ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama:
Former Alabama star Reggie Ragland can easily give the Giants the jolt they need on defense. Ragland has been a stud since being named a starter for the tide in his junior season and is proving his worth at this week's Senior Bowl.
Primarily an inside linebacker, Ragland has the coverage skills of an outside linebacker, yet can rush the passer if asked to. He's been working on developing his outside linebacker skills this week at Senior Bowl practice and has opened the eyes of many coaches and scouts.
By drafting Ragland, that would leave Kennard to do what he does best, rush the passer off the strong side. Ragland would be a great fit for the Giants and not only fill one of those needed linebacker positions, but perhaps the biggest hole on their defense.
FS Jalen Mills, LSU:
Another player the Giants need to take a look at is LSU safety Jalen Mills.
He is a great centerfielder, something the Giants lack. At 6'0", and a solid tackler, the addition of Mills would solidify the back end of the defense. With other unproven commodities like Mykkele Thompson and Nat Berhe among others, Mills would fill that hole immediately and allow Landon Collins to do what he does best and be that tackling safety closer to the line of scrimmage.
Mills is projected to be a second or third round pick. Should he be available to the Giants in the second round, you better believe they will take a look at him.
DE Carl Nassib, Penn State:
Obviously the Giants need a pass rush in order for their defense to be successful. Carl Nassib from Penn State can provide that rush.
Nassib is most likely a third round pick. At 6'7", 272lbs, Nassib is a man when rushing the passer. He is very physical, his size can make an immediate impact in the NFL.
The Giants are most likely going to lose the likes of Cullen Jenkins and Markus Kuhn on that defensive line, but with an injured Owa Odighizuwa and Robert Ayers on the bad side of 30, the Giants need to build pass rush depth.