Will the New York Giants receive any compensatory picks this year?

New York Giants, Cleveland Browns

The New York Giants are not expected to be awarded any compensatory draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants hold the 11th overall pick in the 2021 Draft. They will only have six picks overall to fill the many needs on the roster.

In addition to their first-round pick, the G-Men will have the 42nd overall pick in round two, No. 76 overall in round three, No. 107 overall in round four, and two sixth-round selections — No. 172 and No. 177, the latter received in exchange from the Arizona Cardinals in the Markus Golden trade.

The Giants do not have a fifth-round selection due to the trade with the New York Jets for Leonard Williams. Big Blue also does not have a seventh-round selection either due to the trade with the Denver Broncos for Isaac Yaidom.

According to the compensatory draft pick cancellation chart compiled by “Over The Cap,” the Giants are not due any additional selections due to their aggressive shopping spree in free agency last March. They signed cornerback James Bradberry, linebacker Blake Martinez, kicker Graham Gano, outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell, quarterback Colt McCoy, tight end Levine Toilolo, and safety/special teamer Nate Ebner.

Safety/Special Teamer Michael Thomas was signed by Houston, but according to the chart, he is listed as non-eligible for compensation.

2 starting pitching the Yankees should consider trading for

New York Yankees, Chris Bassitt

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman continues to scour the market for pitching support, despite signing Corey Kluber to a one year, $11 million deal. It is becoming clear that Cashman doesn’t feel necessarily optimistic about his starting rotation, considering three players haven’t played in a combined five years.

Those players are Kluber, Luis Severino, and Domingo German. While they hold plenty of talent, it has been quite some time that any of the three have taken the mound in a competitive way. Kluber and Severino have both dealt with injuries the past two years, and German has spent the last season serving a domestic abuse suspension.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees make another move relatively soon, whether it be a free agent signing or trade. I’m leaning more toward a trade, considering the Yankees have plenty of assets they can part ways with for a cheaper option to fit under their salary.

Here are two starters the Yankees could consider in a trade:

1.) Chris Bassitt

One stellar option is Oakland Athletics Chris Bassitt. He’s scheduled to make just $4.9 million in 2021. As a round 16 pick back in 2011, Bassitt has gradually made strides at the MLB level. This past year with Oakland, he landed a 2.29 ERA over 63 innings. He’s not a high strikeout pitcher, but he forces weak contact and utilizes a diverse array of pitches. They include a fastball, slider, curveball, changeup, and cutter.

With this many pitches, he’s able to keep batters guessing with his off-speed balls. He hovers in the 92.9 mph range with his fastball, meaning he’s not a strong arm thrower, which is something the Yankees have been attracted to in the past. However, at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, he is an intimidating figure on the mound and could represent a massive upgrade in the rotation.

It would undoubtedly take a few assets to land him in a trade, but he is a player that can make an impact immediately and still has two years left of control on his contract.

2.) Kyle Hendriks

Another name that has bubbled to the surface is Kyle Hendricks, who is 31 years old and is currently on a four year, $55.5 million deal that expires in 2023. He is expected to earn $14 million in 2021, so the Yankees would have to find a bit more money to fit him into their payroll. However, he is another player that had a stellar 2020 season. With the Chicago Cubs, he landed a 2.88 ERA over 81.1 innings.

He’s another starter it doesn’t strike out a significant number of batters, but rather forces poor contact and often times leaves batters on base. This past season, his left on-base percentage was 82.4%, with a 47.1% ground ball rate. Considering Yankee Stadium and the short porches, it’s always beneficial to see a high ground ball rate for pitchers of interest. I believe he would fit nicely into the rotation, and with several years still left on his deal at a favorable cost, Cashman should at least inquire.


New York Yankees Analysis: The Yankees really need left-hand hitters

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

The New York Yankees have one of the best lineups in baseball. But they lack one thing, left-hand hitters. Currently, they have none on the roster. Aaron Hicks is a switch hitter, but he is the only one that can take advantage of right-hand pitchers. They are also not taking advantage of the Yankee Stadium design, namely that sweet short porch in right field.

The stacking of right-handers doesn’t suit Yankee Stadium. Some of those right-handed batters, namely DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge, hit the ball the opposite way enough to take advantage of the cozy confines of River Avenue. The Stadium, though, is designed for left-handed pull hitters.

Other than taking advantage of that short porch, not having lefties in the lineup makes the job of selecting pitchers by opponents’ teams much easier, especially when calling in a reliever that must face three hitters. Although a team can win with an exclusive right-handed lineup, a manager’s ability to mix up the lineup is a definite advantage.

The Yankees do have lefties on the bench, Mike Ford, Mike Tauchman, and Tyler Wade. But last season, they combined for a .188 batting average, which will not win games. The Yankees need reliable left-hand hitters like Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, and Jacoby Ellsbury that were all lefties for the Yankees in previous years. When healthy, these guys could all pull and hit the short porch.

Some of the greatest Yankee hitters of all time were lefties that used that short porch. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris, Don Mattingly, Robinson Cano, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Graig Nettles, Bill Dickey, Earl Combs, and others were all left-hand hitters. Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams, Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada, and Roy White could all hit from the left when needed as they were all successful switch hitters.

There are two clear benefits to hitting left-handed. The first one goes back to the scarcity of lefty pitchers. A lefty hitter will get to bat in many more favorable matchups against righties than he’ll have to bat in unfavorable ones against lefties. A batter wants the pitcher he faces to throw the opposite of how he hits, giving him a clearer view of what the pitcher is throwing and more time to see the pitch, giving the hitter an advantage off the pitcher.

So if the New York Yankees want to mix up their lineup with a few left-hand hitters, who should they target. The obvious move would be to re-hire Brett Gardner. Gardner is not only the most veteran of Yankee hitters but if he can have a season as he did in 2019, he could be an impactful hitter anywhere in the lineup.

The Yankees could also target Jay Bruce. Bruce would be a backup for the often injured Aaron Judge. He has hit 300 homers in his career. He, like many players, had a sub-par season in 2020. But in 2019, for two teams, he hit 19, and for the Mets in 2018, he hit 41 long balls. He has a career .245 batting average. He is also nicely fitted to Yankee Stadium. He would be a cheap addition if the Yankees could sign him to a minor league contract and invite him to show his spring training stuff.

Probably the best left-hand hitter out there that the Yankees can afford is free agent Joc Pederson. The former Los Angeles Dodger destroys right-hand pitching and would be the perfect fit for Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right. He is not the defender that Gardner is, but his bat makes up for that. Against right-hand pitchers in 2020, he hit .382/.432/.559 in 37 plate appearances. If there is a problem, it’s that he can’t hit off lefties. Last year he batted .190 off lefties. That would be less of a problem with the Yankees as their right-heavy lineup seldom faces lefty pitchers. With an incentive-laden contract, the Yankees could probably land Pederson for $6 million on a one year contract. By the way, he is a Luke Voit look alike.

One interesting possibility is Tommy LaStella, the former Angel and Athletics infielder. He would be backup for the New York Yankees to play any position in the infield should any of the Yankee infielders be injured or need a day off. Coming to the Yankees would be like a homecoming for the northern New Jersey native. Last year with the Angels and Athletics, he hit .281 with 5 home runs while striking out only 12 times in 228 plate appearances. In the postseason, he hit .273 in the wild card and .313 in the ALDS. While there are others available, these are my best three fits for the Yankees.

The New York Yankees could also reengage Didi Gregorius’s services, which probably won’t happen, as the Yankees have little wiggle room in the 2021 budget if they are to stay under the luxury tax threshold.


The New York Knicks might have their young star, and he’s just starting to blossom

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

It is becoming clear that the New York Knicks are a product of their coaching, as their most recent three-game win streak has indicated a massive step forward in defensive play, and some of the younger players are witnessing fantastic development as the season progresses.

While New York is one game under .500, they are playing better than most anticipated coming into the 2021 season. During their three-game win streak, they held the Celtics and Magic to under 84 points, going on to trounce the Golden State Warriors 119-104.

One key player to their success has been second-year shooting guard RJ Barrett. Playing a team-high 36 points against the Sacramento Kings on Friday evening, he connected on 8-of-17 shots and hit both of his three-pointers. He finished with 21 points, three assists, and seven rebounds.

However, one game prior against the Warriors, Barrett landed a career-high 28 points over 37 minutes. His shooting has been spectacular, and his abilities in transition immaculate.

“We’re just trying to work hard and grind every day,” Barrett said after his dominant performance. “That’s really what we’re trying to do. We’re really focused. We’ve been giving it our all, and we’re going to continue to do that throughout the season.”

During his rookie season, Barrett averaged 14.3 points per game but has seen that increase to 18 this season. While the sample size is still small, head coach Tom Thibodeau has him playing aggressive defense and driving to the rim with confidence and elusiveness. It is always surprising what winning and confidence can do for a player’s psyche, as Barrett is compounding off his team’s success.

New York Knicks’ Thibodeau likes the way Barrett has responded to more attention:

“I think RJ’s played really well over I’d say like the last five or six games, playing at a really high level,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He started off the season where he had a big opening night and I think teams came after him pretty good. But he’s adjusting and even during the stretch where he wasn’t shooting particularly well, he was rebounding great and he was playmaking.”

When teams coin a specific player as a catalyst, they do everything in their power to shut them down to increase the probability of victory. Barrett was seen as one of those players, but watching him adapt and increase his level of play to match his opponent’s aggressive defense is inspiring.

The Knicks are gearing up to face off against a tough Portland Trail Blazers team on Sunday evening, and hopefully, Barrett can continue dominating the opposition.


Draft steal Tyrese Haliburton haunts Knicks

Tyrese Haliburton made sure the New York Knicks would remember this loss for passing up on him in the NBA Draft.

Haliburton, who slid to No. 12 in the Draft, helped the Sacramento Kings deal the Knicks a stinging 103-94 loss that put an end to their three-game winning streak.

The Knicks went into a black hole at the start of the second half but appeared on track for a comeback in the final quarter before Haliburton made them pay down the stretch.

The 12th pick of the draft hit the dagger three-pointer with 2:35 left — his only field goal in the second half — that gave the Kings a nine-point cushion, 96-87. Then he stole the ball on the other end to seal the win.

“I guess it fueled me personally,” said a grinning Haliburton before pivoting.

“But I love it here. If we did this all over, I pray to God that I slid here. It’s not hard feelings or anything. It is what it is. It’s a business. I don’t care,” he added.

He must be incensed for getting little interest from a team that badly needed a lead guard.

Haliburton showed what the Knicks could have had at No. 8.

“My job is to make them think about that when they go to sleep. So I’m just going to go out there and be the best player I can be. I’m not that big into that motivation,” Haliburton said.

Haliburton entered the game as one of the top rookie performers averaging 11.1 points on 50 percent shooting and 49.2 percent from deep with his unorthodox shot and five assists.

The 6-5 rookie combo guard was the best rookie on the floor Friday night at the Golden1 Center.

Haliburton was all over the court as he finished with 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and four of the Kings’ 14 blocks in 31 minutes off the bench.

In contrast, the Knicks’ eighth overall selection Obi Toppin had six points and five rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench, his sixth game since recovering from an early-season injury (strained right calf).

The Knicks, playing on the second night of a back-to-back schedule, started slow and trailed by as many as 10 in the opening quarter. They recovered quickly and grabbed a 26-25 lead.

The Kings, who came into the game with the league-worst defense, stunningly limited the Knicks to just five points in the final 5:47 of the pivotal third quarter. They would grab a 10-point lead midway in the last quarter, but the Knicks charged back and got within two, 89-87.

The Kings lived at the line before Haliburton bailed them out with the big triple — their first field goal in four minutes — to gut out the big win.

”This was a weird, weird game for us,” said Randle, who led the Knicks with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists.

“We started slow, worked our way out of it, and was up at the half. The third and fourth quarter was a little bit of a funk. I don’t even know what happened. The ball stuck a little bit.”

The Knicks’ offense turned cold after a sensational showing the night before in a 119-104 rout of the Golden State Warriors.

RJ Barrett added 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Mitchell Robinson put up a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) but had little help from the rest of the Knicks.

De’Aaron Fox, who trolled the Knicks for landing No. 8 in the Draft Lottery, paced the Kings with 22 points and seven assists.

Together with Haliburton, they outplayed the Knicks point guards Elfrid Payton and Immanuel Quickley, who combined for 15 points and five assists.

The Knicks (8-9) will continue their West Coast trip in Portland on Sunday night.

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Two free agent left-handed hitters the Yankees should consider

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees, specifically their general manager Brian Cashman, have not been shy about their intentions of adding at least one left-handed bat. From a roster construction standpoint, it makes sense for the team to have that option.

“If I can find a way to balance out and incorporate some left-handed, quality bats to balance this out, I think that’s optimal,” the Yankees general manager said in December on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM’s The Front Office.

So far, besides re-signing infielder DJ LeMahieu, most of the Yankees’ adds this offseason have been on the pitching side. They signed Corey Kluber, they also added Jhoulys Chacin and Asher Wojciechowski for depth.

But as Cashman stated, a left-handed bat would be welcomed. Most of the Yankees’ best hitters are righties: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, Gleyber Torres, Gary Sanchez, LeMahieu, and Gio Urshela are all right-handed.

A left-handed hitter would also, theoretically, take advantage of Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch.

Two cheap options for the Yankees

One hitter they could consider is Jay Bruce. A free agent, he is 33 years old and wasn’t good in 2020, slashing .198/.252/.469 with a .297 wOBA and an 83 wRC+ in 32 games and 103 plate appearances.

However, back in 2019 though (a larger sample size), he slashed .216/.261/.523 with a .319 wOBA and a 98 wRC+ in 98 games and 333 plate appearances.

In 2020, Bruce lifted the ball in 45.8 percent of his connection, and he had a pull rate of more than 50%. If the Yankees can live with the low-average, he could make sense if he comes on the cheap.

Another potential lefty bat is Daniel Murphy. He, too, had a bad 2020, with a .236/.275/.333 line and a 44 wRC+. But he’s a career .296/.341/.455 batter that could be a good fit if he’s willing to accept a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. It makes sense to bring him on the cheap to see if he has anything left in the tank.

New York Yankees: Who will be the Yankees’ major competition in 2021?

After an uncommonly slow offseason, things are really heating up as the New York Yankees and the other 29 MLB teams approach spring training, which is now just over two weeks away. With the 2021 teams shaping up, it’s time to take a look at who will be the Yankees’ major competition to watch.

The Boston Red Sox:

The Boston Red Sox has always been the traditional rival of the New York Yankees, up to 2018. Since then, the tables have turned as other teams strengthened in the East. While the other teams got better, the Red Sox got worse. The Red Sox made some bad moves, and beyond their control, they were beset with major injuries, particularly to the pitching staff.

Plain and simple, the Red Sox were a mess last season, and things are not looking that good for this season either. The only major move the Red Sox made is re-hire the shameful Alex Cory as it’s manager again. That in itself does not address the Red Sox problems of starting pitching and the bullpen. Xander Bogaerts and J. D. Martinez are rumored to be traded for pitching help, but with Mookie Betts’ loss last season to the Dodgers, if they move either of the two, they will have no lineup at all.

Last season the Red Sox, the Tigers, and the Rangers fought for the American League’s last place. The Red Sox ended up at the bottom of the barrel in the East. Although the Red Sox probably won’t end up last this season, they will struggle to get out of the hole they have created for themselves.

The Baltimore Orioles:

In recent years the Baltimore Orioles have fought to stay out of the American League’s last place. They have been pretty much in rebuild mode seemingly forever. Going into the 2020 season, there was no reason to be optimistic that the team would be competitive, and they weren’t; they ended up fourth in the league, the first time they were out of the basement since 2016.

Going into the 2021 season, the Orioles still have the problem of first baseman Chris Davis. The Orioles once star player has completely and unexplainable fallen apart. He occupies so much of the Orioles payroll that they have to play him. But last year, he didn’t have a single home run and batted only .115. There is no reason to believe he will improve this year.

The Orioles picked up Kevin Smith from the Mets, and he will likely be the best pitcher in their starting rotation. But the rotation and bullpen will hold them back, but that being said, there is a chance that the Orioles could find themselves advancing from last year’s stats.

The Tampa Bay Rays:

The Rays are the big surprise team of the offseason. After reaching the World Series for the first time since 2008, the Rays lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The surprise is that after going to a World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays got rid of two of the reasons they got there in the first place. They let veteran pitcher and postseason winning pitcher Charlie Morton walk. Morton signed a one year deal with the Atlanta Braves. Following that, they traded away their ace Blake Snell to the San Diego Padres.

Also, if you follow the Rays spending traditions, they will not go out and hire any high paid pitchers like Trevor Bauer to replace them. Although a greatly diminished team, it doesn’t mean they won’t contend. The Rays always seem to be able, with no money, to put together a pretty good team. They also still have Yankee killer Tyler Glasnow in the rotation. They have a good lineup and presently a much stronger bullpen than the Yankees.

The Tampa Bay Rays will still contend, but their likelihood of replicating their 2020 season is near zero.

Toronto Blue Jays:

The Toronto Blue Jays are the team to watch in 2021. They are young and energetic, and like the San Diego Padres, they are on a mission. A mission to win the East, the ALCS, and go on to a World Series for the first time in 27 years. The last time they won the East Division was in 2015. During the last two years, they have made major improvements in the team, and this year one of the most active in the offseason.

Before the 2020 season, the Jays signed P Tanner Roark, P Shun Yamaguchi, and P Mark Rzepczynski. This offseason, to bolster a team that came in just one game behind the New York Yankees last season, the Jays signed LHP Robbie Ray, SS Richard Urena, RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Kirby Yates, RHP Tyler Chatwood, and the big prize, centerfielder George Springer to a $150 million contract, the biggest contract ever given by the Jays.

With money to spend, the Jays are not done yet improving the team. They have signed 20 new Jays players in the month of January so far. The Toronto Blue Jays mean business and will be the major competition for the New York Yankees this coming season. It’s just my educated opinion; only time will tell; the Yankees may still make more improvements. Many things can change in baseball, where nothing is certain.

The New York Yankees or the Toronto Blue Jays will win the AL East. If it’s the Yankees, it will be close. Then the teams to watch for the Yankees will be the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox. If the Yankees can advance to the World Series, it will be against the Los Angeles Dodgers or, less likely, the San Diego Padres.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.


New York Mets: Is Trevor Bauer Worth A Lucrative One-Year Deal?

trevor bauer, New York Yankees

The always controversial Trevor Bauer is still looming on the free-agent market as his options continue to dwindle. After the New York Mets opted against signing George Springer, it opened the door to ponder Bauer’s future in New York. Will the Mets strike and create the dream rotation with baseball’s most controversial player?

The opinions on Bauer are on two opposite sides of the spectrum. Some view him as Curt Schilling with a stronger social media presence, and others see him as an innovative figure in a sport that rejects individualism. Bauer and some of his devoted followers are similar to a mini-army where they have harassed and bullied anyone who differs in opinion. It has always been about speaking his mind instead of what is right, but both are always the same to Bauer.

Whether his off the field antics plays in the decision making or not, the Mets can ill-afford another organizational issue after the Jared Porter scandal. Unless Bauer sends unsolicited photos of his junk, there will not be much stopping any interested team from paying a high amount for his services. The lower Bauer keeps his ERA to higher the tolerance teams will have for his off the field acts.

On-Field Talent

There is no denying Bauer’s 2020 Cy Young award-winning season. His competition level was below average as the AL/NL Central was the weakest region in MLB. To combat the “Mickey Mouse” Cy Young season, Bauer pitched his best against the Atlanta Braves in the postseason. Bauer may not pitch to a sub-two ERA again, but his fastball/curveball spin rates and whiff rates show a high level of success is sustainable. He also is devoted to his training regimen and always keeps baseball his main focus.

The Mets did not give Springer a six-year deal due to his age, and they should take the same approach with Bauer. Despite the prolific 2020, Bauer only has one full season of an ERA under four. Former teammate and current Met, Carlos Carrasco, has a lower career ERA in more innings pitched. The obvious difference is in age as Carrasco is heading into his age-34 season while Bauer just turned 30.

If the Mets are serious with Bauer, the one-year deal keeps give them plenty of options for future offseasons. As the second starter in the rotation, his pressure to repeat last season’s production will be lower. One-year gives the Mets insurance to part ways if the off-field theatrics or performance hurt their success. Both sides will learn that quickly because Bauer will be on full display in the huge fishbowl of New York City for a team with World Series aspirations.

Report: New York Yankees connected to star OF Marcell Ozuna

New York Yankees, Marcell Ozuna

While reports indicated that New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had been scouring the market for potential trade partners regarding pitchers, it was certainly a surprise to see outfielder Marcell Ozuna’s name pop up in connection with the Bombers.

Recently, Cincinnati Reds star Luis Castillo and Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jameson Taillon have both been connected to the Yankees, but adding Ozuna to the list throws a wrench into our expectations. The outfield seems to be settled for the Yankees, with the exception of Brett Gardner potentially returning on a one-year deal.

However, the expectation was that Clint Frazier would be a regular starter moving forward, and with Ozuna seeking a four-year deal, according to Hector Gomez of Z Deportes, Cashman might just be meddling in exterior business.

While the Yankees did sign Corey Kluber to a one year, $11 million deal, they still need pitching support in the starting rotation. Ultimately, relying on a bevy of pitchers who haven’t performed in quite some time isn’t a recipe for success, which is why Cashman continues to float trade opportunities to teams who might be looking to add prospects. The Yanks do have a few trade(able) pieces that can help start right away for other clubs, including Miguel Andujar.

What would Ozuna bring to the New York Yankees?

Nonetheless, circling back to Ozuna, who played in just 60 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2020 — he could be a fantastic addition to the outfield. Their interest in Ozuna could also indicate Frazier being a potential trade piece for a pitcher.

Over 60 games last season, Ozuna posted a .338 batting average with 18 homers and 56 RBIs. He earned a career-high 14.2% walk rate but did struggle defensively. He played 39 games in the designated hitter spot and 19 in left field, where Frazier would likely feature.

It is interesting to see the Yankees inquire about the free-agent outfielder, especially in left field. However, it seems as if he is doomed to a life at DH in the future, and the Yankees already have one monster slugger in Giancarlo Stanton who can’t play defense anymore due to injury.

I feel as though Cashman might just be keeping tabs on Ozuna unless he has a master plan involving trading away Frazier and opting for a more offensive focused player in Ozuna with the idea of sacrificing his defense of issues for power in the batter’s box.

How the New York Giants could replace Dalvin Tomlinson if he leaves in free agency

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson

The New York Giants have a few difficult decisions to make this off-season, and one of them revolves around interior defender Dalvin Tomlinson. After being drafted back in 2017, Tomlinson has taken gradual steps forward in his development and is now a key in stopping the run for the Giants’ defense. However, he is expected to earn a contract extension that could be out of their price range, as the salary is expected to drop significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This isn’t just a problem for New York, though, as teams around the league will have to shed players in line to earn extensions. Of course, retaining Tomlinson would be ideal, considering his dynamic pairing with Leonard Williams, who posted 11.5 sacks in 2020.

Nonetheless, replacing 0-1 technique interior defenders is probably the easier thing to do on defense. Whether the Giants look toward the draft or a supplemental piece in free agency on a cheaper deal, Tomlinson seems to be the odd man out. We’ve seen them do similar things in the past with Linval Joseph and Jonathan Hankins, letting them walk and earn bigger contracts elsewhere while using the draft to supplement the position in the mid-rounds.

Two draft prospects the New York Giants could look at to replace Tomlinson:

Tommy Togiai:

Tommy Togiai is a solid replacement for Tomlinson in the second round, after enjoying an impressive season with the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2020. He projects as a high-level run defender, exactly what Tomlinson dominated in during his tenure in blue.

The OSU interior defender soaks up double teams and uses a strong base to control offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage and corral runners. He is an above-average A and B-gap defender, which is exactly what Tomlinson is utilized for Patrick Graham’s defense. He would easily fit into their 3-4 scheme, and there is some more potential as a pass rusher from the interior. Ultimately, they need to find a solid nose tackle to line up over the center, and Togiai can do that well.

At 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, adding a bit more size could be helpful to his game, but he did show some production as a pass rusher with 3.0 sacks in 2020.

Alim McNeill:

Another solid option is McNeill, who projects as more of a pass rusher from the IDL. McNeill is a great athlete with explosiveness off the LOS, which is exactly what you want from a player who can line up over the center or in a three-technique. At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, he has the lateral quickness and pass rusher mentality that allows him to press on and collapse the pocket. His motor seems to never stop, but his ability to penetrate gaps is what makes him so attractive. If the Giants want to go with a more interior pass rush look, McNeill is the right player to go with, but if they want to focus on stopping the run, Togiai represents a more refined talent.