The New York Giants have begun upgrading the defense, starting with former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree. General manager Dave Gettleman is setting the tone early in free agency by trading for the former Ram.
The Giants gave their compensatory fourth-round pick and a sixth-rounder for Ogletree, who also came with a 2019 seventh-rounder. It seems as if the Rams were willing to part ways with the linebacker to ensure they could resign defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
What type of player is Ogletree?
The Giants are receiving a physical player in Ogletree, who can be used off the edge and on blitzing plays. His size and strength will be perfect for a James Bettcher defense looking to play a potential 3-4.
But to complement a strong blitzing linebacker, the Giants must also find a solid coverage LB in the draft or through free agency.
Here’s one that would be a perfect fit on the defense:
Philadelphia Eagles’ Nigel Bradham is the perfect player to work alongside Ogletree in the middle of the field. His abilities in coverage are superior. Bradham recorded 61 total tackles and eight passes defended in 2017.
Adding him to the mix of linebackers would significantly strengthen the middle of the field, and provide the defensive line with ample support when it comes to rushing the quarterback.
Bradham may be costly for the Giants, but far less than Ogletree. He might cost them somewhere in the $5-6 million per-season range.