The New York Giants are going into the latter part of free agency with a lack of talent on the defensive line – they lost a valuable pass rusher that performed well in a reserve role.
Free agent, Kerry Wynn, who has spent the last five years playing on the Giants’ defensive line, was hosted by the Cincinnati Bengals this past week. He signed a one-year deal in 2018 for $1.25 million, racking up 39 combined tackles and 1.5 sacks. He’s a valuable pass rusher that has made big plays in the past for Big Blue.
The 28-year-old was reportedly signed to a one-year deal. As a solid special teamer, Big Blue will have to replace his efficiency on the unit. The special teams group saw a major upgrade from 2017 after Tom Quinn was let go and Thomas McGaughey took over.
The New York Giants lack veteran pass rushers:
With a defensive line consisting of Dalvin Tomlinson, RJ McIntosh, and BJ Hill as the primary starters, there lacks a true leader to help develop the younger players and rotate in when fatigue sets in. Wynn’s value came in terms of experience, something the three players mentioned before don’t have much of.
The Giants will likely further address the position in the draft.
Two options the Giants could target in the draft at defensive tackle:
1.) Miami – Gerald Willis III
At 6’4″, 285 pounds, Willis is a great pass rusher that acts as a defensive tackle. Last season, he earned 59 tackles with 18 for a loss. He also racked up four sacks and two passes batted. He was an extremely consistent option for the Hurricanes and could be a solid third-round selection for the Giants.
2.) Western Illinois – Khalen Saunders
The Senior Bowl is often an opportunity for small school players to make an impact and improve their draft stock. Saunders was one of those players, showing great agility off the line and a keen ability to get after the quarterback from the interior. The Giants’ 3-4 scheme forces defensive tackles to have a pass-rushing skill set as well, and Saunder has that talent. While he’s only 6’0″, he weighs in at 320 pounds. A big boy that has the potential to be a solid rotational piece.