New York Giants: Three Sure-Fire 1st Round Picks to Upgrade the Team

The New York Giants could be targeting Josh Allen at No. 6.
Jan 1, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen (41) reacts to the crowd during the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants will be seeking a quarterback in the 2019 NFL draft, or at least they should be. The class of QB’s this year isn’t stacked full of talent, but there are several options that represent quality with plenty of potential. There’s one simple fact about “potential,” it’s not guaranteed.

If the Giants want to upgrade their team with sure-fire players in the first round, they should look towards the defensive prospects. The upcoming draft is filled with defensive talent, and they can sure hit a home run with one of these three options.

1.) Devin White

In the last two seasons, White has totaled 256 tackles. If that didn’t widen your eyes, he also earned 15 tackles for a loss. There’s no question that the 6-1, 240-pound linebacker will be a dominant force in the NFL, and if he manages to fall into the laps of the Giants, they might have no choice but to pull the trigger.

In addition to White’s immense tangible skills, he’s a leader on the field with the ability to command his teammates and elevate their abilities. He is a ready-made NFL player with prototypical attributes – the Giants would gain a trustworthy defender for the next decade if they choose this route.

2.) Quinnen Williams

Alabama star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is one of the top interior linemen in the draft, and maybe in the past five years. We are talking about a player so disruptive he manages to be a pass rusher from the interior very frequently. With eight sacks and 71 total tackles in 2018, he earned the 8th most votes in the Heisman race. For a defender, that’s not too shabby.

Williams is essentially the ‘most’ NFL ready player of the bunch, and this would be an easy selection given the Giants’ reliance on their three down lineman.

3.) Josh Allen

If linebacker Josh Allen falls to No. 6, he represents a top-tier pass rusher that would bolster the defensive line for the Giants. Allen was named ACC Player of the Year with 17 sacks in 2018. His immense season and combine performance have everyone buzzing, which isn’t ideal if the Giants wish to have a chance at him.

The fact of the matter is, nobody knows what will happen on draft day, his stock could drop a few spots as others climb – the Giants must leave their options open, as head coach Pat Shurmur stated that they will take the best player available.

To pile onto Allen’s impressive abilities, he racked up 88 total tackles and 21.5 for a loss in his senior year. At 6-5, 260-pounds, the Kentucky product has the size and speed to be a dominant force for years to come.