One mistake the New York Giants can’t make with the 11th overall pick

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With less than a month until the 2021 NFL draft, the New York Giants are getting all of their final evaluation’s done. Over the past few weeks, the Giants have sent plenty of front office executives and management to evaluate several pass rushers who will be available in the draft.

However, there have been conflicting reports, as Daniel Jeremiah believes that the Giants will target a playmaker on offense with the 11th overall pick, despite the fact that they have spent a ton of resources looking into pass rush options to further bolster their defense.

The New York Giants cannot reach at 11:

Big Blue can’t make a mistake at 11, though, especially with five quarterbacks expected to go in the top 10 picks. If an elite playmaker drops to them, the pick should be easy, and even co-owner John Mara stated that after the signing of Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson, they can settle for the best player available and walk away winners.

When looking at the pass rushers available, we first take a gander at Jaelan Phillips and Gregory Rousseau out of Miami, who are both capable of being productive players at the NFL level but might not offer elite value where the Giants sit in the draft. Phillips is one concussion away from seeing his NFL dreams come to an end, and Rousseau is a wildcard who doesn’t have much experience as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.

Shifting over to Michigan’s Kwity Paye — he is more of a down lineman who could fit in the Giants’ nickel packages but wouldn’t be an every down player, making him unlikely at 11. They could consider Jason Oweh out of Penn State, but he lacks production and experience at the college level to be considered a top selection. The only other name that is worth mentioning is Azeez Ojulari out of Georgia, who has solid athleticism and strength that should translate to the next level.

It is easy to argue that none of these options are worthy of being picked at 11, so the Giants should sit pretty and see who falls to them after the onslaught of quarterbacks in the first 10 selections. In fact, there will likely be a few more draft day trades, which will present different opportunities for Big Blue, especially with the New England Patriots potentially looking to move up and take a QB.

Ultimately, remaining patient and letting the draft come to them is how the Giants should approach things instead of reaching for a pass rusher who likely won’t have a significant impact on day one.

New York Giants: Daniel Jeremiah predicts more weapons in Big Blue’s future

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It is never a bad idea to provide your quarterback with more weapons, and the New York Giants could look to make a major splash in the 2021 NFL draft. After signing WR1 Kenny Golladay to a four-year contract, the Giants feel as though their wide receiver unit has been bolstered, but if a player like Alabama’s DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Wade falls to 11, they could be too enticing to pass up.

Interestingly, the Giants have spent a ton of time evaluating pass rushers, ranging from Jaelan Phillips out of Miami to Jason Oweh from Penn State. This could mean the Giants are eyeing a pass rusher with the 11th overall pick, or they could be scouting for the second round at 42. Ultimately, with elite-level players capable of making an impact on day one likely to fall to 11, the Giants would be foolish to reach on an unproven pass rusher like Gregory Rousseau, for example.

In Daniel Jeremiah’s latest mock draft, the New York Giants still have a taste for play-makers, and they surely address that craving.

 

Even after the Giants’ signing of Kenny Golladay , I still get the sense Big Blue wants more weapons. Smith is the best route runner in the draft.

The Giants, in this scenario, have a shot at Smith, who just finished one of the most illustrious seasons for a receiver in college history. Over 13 games, he tallied 1856 yards and 23 touchdowns through the air, including one on the ground.
Some coin Smith as the best receiver in college history, but at 6’1” and 175 pounds, there is concern that he might be undersized for the NFL. However, as a Heisman-winning receiver and one that defenses focused on for the most part at the college level, Smith was dominant, utilizing elite route running and consistent hands to beat his opponents.
I don’t believe his lack of size will haunt him at the next level, as route running is often the most translatable skill to the NFL. In addition, he utilizes his slender frame to squeeze the boundary and avoid press coverage. He might better fit a “Z” in the NFL, but with Sterling Shepard having an out in his contract after the 2021 season, the Giants can easily execute, saving the salary space and injecting Smith into an everyday role with no problem.
However, the Giants would have a crowded wide receiver room, including Golladay, Shepard, Smith, John Ross, and Darius Slayton. That is not even considering players like Alex Mack or Dante Pettis.
With the offensive line still a major question, the Giants might look to a player like Rashawn Slater if he falls, but drafting Smith and finding a plug-and-play guard in the second round would be a fantastic move, nonetheless.

New York Giants add LSU ‘secret weapon’ to offensive coaching staff

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The New York Giants have added former Samford and LSU offensive assistant Russ Callaway to their offensive coaching staff, per Matt Zenitz, of AI.com.

Callaway, who was plucked from Samford to take his talents to LSU, helped devise an air raid system in the FCS, breaking numerous records thanks to his contributions. With the Giants trying to take a more downfield-oriented approach to their unit, adding a coach like Callaway should go a long way, especially since Jason Garrett seems stuck in his ways as a West Coast style, ground, and pound system.

Of course, that could change drastically with more weapons added, and it is fair to give Garrett a bit of slack before throwing him under the bus. However, his approach last season was vastly limited, and the Giants are doing what they need to in hopes of developing a more productive scheme.

Most are noting the loss of Callaway as “significant for the LSU staff, who was promoted by Ed Orgeron to senior offensive analyst, giving him more on-field duties last season. This was a perfect time for the Giants to snag him, especially with Joe Judge having close ties to Alabama and working with Callaway years ago.

“He is tremendous,” Orgeron told Off the Bench over the summer in 2020. “I think Russ is going to be a great coach in college football. He already proved himself at Samford and had one of the best offenses in the country.

What kind of experience does Callaway bring to the New York Giants?

Well, luckily for Big Blue, they might be looking at their next offensive coordinator if all goes to plan. Callaway has experience calling plays, serving as an OC and quarterbacks coach at Samford, who was only hired by LSU in 2020. He spent five years as the OC for Samford, winning back-to-back National Championships at Alabama when he was an assistant defensive coordinator for Kirby Smart with the linebackers.

The Giants have been proactive in finding players who can feature at multiple positions and serve a dynamic role, and clearly, that is also translating to the coaching staff. They are investing far more in good coaching to help build this team, which is something the Giants have failed to do in the past.

What an ideal 2021 NFL Draft would look like for the New York Giants

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The New York Giants have multiple holes they need to fill in the 2021 NFL draft, but what order they solve them is yet to be seen. With the ability to go best player available if they so choose, the Giants have interestingly been evaluating a wide variety of pass rushers, supposedly one they could select with the 11th overall pick or in a trade back scenario.

The Giants feel confident that they have one of the best defenses in the NFL, and adding an above-average pass rusher would simply push them over the edge. Not only would they have an elite secondary with James Bradberry and Adoree Jackson manning the corners, but they would have a strong interior line, led by Leonard Williams who recently signed a three-year deal this off-season.

Offensively, the Giants still need some support, specifically on the offensive line where they traded away starting right guard Kevin Zeitler, saving $12 million in salary space. They did acquire Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph, but without time in the pocket, Daniel Jones won’t be able to utilize his playmakers efficiently.

Let’s take a look at how an ideal draft would look for the New York Giants:

First Round: Offensive Line

As we know, the Giants had one of the worst lines in the NFL last season, ranking 32nd in pass-blocking efficiency. While they ranked below average in run blocking, it was the only portion of their offense that was even respectable. Adding a few weapons this off-season will hopefully generate more points, but if Jones doesn’t have time in the pocket to throw the ball, it will all be for not.

Selecting a player like Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern would be a solid choice, given he can kick inside to guard and be a potential Pro-Bowl level player there. I believe he would give the Giants an adequate upgrade in the trenches with his athleticism and football IQ.

Second Round: Pass Rusher

As stated above, the Giants have been evaluating pass rushers, but none are worthy of being selected with the 11th overall pick. There are several that could fall to the second round, given the Giants an opportunity to snag one. Names like Jason Oweh from Penn State and Jaelan Phillips from Miami stand out, but there’s no guarantee either will be there in a second round.

The Giants could theoretically trade up into the first if one falls, which I see as a more likely scenario than picking one at 11. This is a weak draft class for pass rushers, so the Giants shouldn’t take an unnecessary risk when there are elite-level playmakers that can make an impact on day one still on the board.

Third Round: Wide Receiver

With a wide receiver class as deep as this one, the Giants have a solid chance at finding an underrated talent in the third round. A player like Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace could be a great selection. At 5’11 and 193 pounds, he’s a prolific option and would thrive in an air raid offense as a physical receiver, which is something the Giants are trying to adapt to moving forward with the addition of Golladay.

Ultimately, they can find a receiver with upside they can develop this season, and if they elect to take the out in Sterling Shepard’s contract after the 2021 campaign, they can move on with a player prepared to take over.

This would be an ideal draft for the Giants, in my opinion, as they solve the offensive line issue, add a pass rusher with upside, and a receiver who they can develop in their scheme.

New York Giants could land offensive line gem in mid-rounds

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There is no question the New York Giants desperately need more offensive line support, whether it comes in the first or second round. Luckily, Big Blue has a bit of flexibility in the 2021 NFL draft after securing WR1 Kenny Golladay and a CB2 in Adoree Jackson. Acquiring a star receiver and above-average corner should help mask some of the Giants’ bigger issues, allowing them to go best player available in the draft.

Whether that means selecting Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater or star Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, the Giants simply can’t go wrong unless they take a shot at a player with a problematic injury history or fundamental problems, but I can’t imagine head coach Joe Judge putting the 11th overall pick to waste.

Luckily, even if the Giants pass on Slater in the first round, there are a bevy of options in a second to consider. In fact, the mid-rounds have a few gems, including one division three lineman named Quinn Meinerz.

Meinerz shot up draft boards during the Senior Bowl, as dominating D3 athletes doesn’t exactly define success at the NFL level. However, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater standout dominated the Senior Bowl, particularly on the offensive line. At 6’3” and 320 pounds, Quinn has solid size and even trains with Slater, displaying keen strength and agility.

As a small school blocker, he has the potential to be a starting-caliber player at the NFL level at either center or guard, and we know the Giants prefer to have dynamic linemen who can shift positions if need be. With active hands and a nasty attitude, he’s able to adjust to blitzers and pick up pass rushers efficiently. Most project him as a center, given his agility and ability to find work in the trenches, but he fits a power-gap scheme, which is exactly what the Giants utilize.

The New York Giants need a replacement for Kevin with upside:

After parting ways with veteran guard Kevin Zeitler and saving $12 million in cap space, the Giants will need to draft Ian OL this year, as having weapons like Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley won’t matter if Daniel Jones has no time in the pocket. Ridding themselves of their best lineman in Zeitler undoubtedly creates a problem, so we can fully expect them to address the position in the draft with a youth player on a rookie deal.

While Quinn might be a bit of an optimistic pick in the second round, he could be a stellar third-round selection, based on his size and upside. I don’t believe he’ll start immediately, but he can compete for the right guard position and will likely end up finding himself playing significant reps as the season progresses.

Why the New York Giants shouldn’t hesitate to extend S Jabrill Peppers

New York Giants, Jabrill Peppers

The New York Giants went on a spending spree this off-season, backloading a majority of the contracts to 2022 and 2023. With the expectation that the salary cap will increase tremendously over the next few years due to a massive TV deal executed this off-season, signing lofty contracts now that expire in two seasons makes a ton of sense. Not only do they match up with the expanding cap space, but also the expiration of quarterback Daniel Jones’ rookie deal.

However, in the process of signing these big names, they were forced to let go of one of their captains, interior defender Delvin Tomlinson. Normally, letting influential players walk that have a significant impact on the locker room is a negative, but the Giants have plenty of veteran players who can take over in that facet. One of them is safety Jabrill Peppers, who had a career year in 2020, totaling 91 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight tackles for loss, and allowed a 65.2% completion rate over 69 targets, nearly double his sample size from 2019.

Peppers proved that he is not only an energizer on defense but deserves to be a long-term solution in the middle of the Giants’ safety unit. Currently, he’s projected to earn $6.77 million for the 2021 season, entirely guaranteed. The only way the Giants could get his salary off the books would be to trade him, but that would be a devastatingly poor decision.

The New York Giants have gotten the best out of Peppers:

The former Cleveland Brown has taken significant steps forward in his career since joining Big Blue, making the transition from free safety to strong safety, where he has thrived and developed under Patrick Graham in 2020.

Last season, he played 383 total snaps in the box, 264 at slot corner, and 143 at free safety. While he allowed 499 yards and two scores, the Giants played a predominant zone coverage scheme, which can oftentimes allocate yards to players who are simply close to the pass catcher and not in man coverage. This can often times skew the statistics, as Peppers was a quality force in the run game and adequate when dropping back into coverage. He also picked up a few impressive sacks, one of which against the Seattle Seahawks saw him burst through running back Chris Carson and wallop Russell Wilson in the backfield.

Ultimately, that leads us to our primary discussion — should the Giants extend him now instead of waiting?

Theoretically, if the Giants did extend him, they could lower his cap hit for the season and maybe sign a better offensive line piece to compete.

Alternatively, Peppers might want to take a chance on himself, balling out in 2021 and compounding that into a massive contract next season. Given his growth, only an injury would significantly hurt his value and potential earnings, which is possible, even probable in the NFL. Considering he’s missed a few games over the last two years, if the Giants did offer him a long-term extension, Peppers might be smart to accept and cash in as the cap sky-rockets in 2023 when he turns 28.

This leads me to believe that the Giants simply haven’t offered him an extension, but they could get a deal done mid-season if he proves to take another step forward. They also did spend a draft pick on Xavier McKinney last year and signed Logan Ryan to a three-year deal this past off-season. Peppers is a different player, though, featuring a thumper style that isn’t afraid to get physical in the run game. I believe the Giants would be intelligent to keep him around for the long term, and the 2021 season will tell us everything we need to know.

Considering the New York Giants FA moves, what makes the most sense for them at 11?

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Every year in March, NFL free agency is a sight to behold. With usually a handful of big, star names jumping to new locations along with the differentiating levels of activity from each team, NFL free agency is one of the most thrilling and exciting offseason stages in sports as the league takes on a brand-new look with various teams rising or falling in talent and potential.

This year, many teams made grand strides over free agency, including the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and the Washington Football Team, to name a few. But at the forefront of the pack, and to the surprise of many, stand the New York Giants. After acquiring new receivers (Kenny Golladay, John Ross, and Kyle Rudolph), linebackers (Reggie Ragland and Ifeadi Odenigbo), a cornerback (Adoree’ Jackson), a backup running back (Devontae Booker), a backup quarterback (Mike Glennon), and most recently a defensive tackle (Danny Shelton), the Giants went on a big spending spree to push their team toward a playoff berth, nearly addressing every single hole that needed to be filled and patched up (ESPN).

But despite such, the Giants do have a couple of key spots they will definitely want to improve prior to the start of the 2021 season. And with a much lighter purse after a busy month of March, the Giants will look to address these key concerns in the NFL Draft come April 29th (ESPN). Though it’s not a Top 5 selection, the Giants’ 11th overall pick still grants them plenty of options to choose from. However, deciding which position they want to prioritize first is paramount to their success this year and should be the position the Giants have the least amount of depth and talent in. With that said, here are the two positions the Giants should target with their first pick:

 

1) Offensive Lineman (Particularly a Guard)

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2) Defensive Lineman (Preferably a Defensive End)

 

Although it might seem boring, these two positions are crucial for the Giants to target with their first-round pick, and here’s why. First and foremost, after letting Kevin Zeitler go (who was their best offensive lineman), the Giants are planning on having second-year player Shane Lemieux fill the shoes Zeitler left behind (ESPN). For even as young and bright of a player Lemieux is, this is a big and daunting task for him to take on and live up to. Despite logging in a good nine games as a starter last year over his rookie campaign, Lemieux has still a lot to prove. And with hardly any depth on their O-Line as a whole, the Giants should strongly consider drafting an offensive lineman with their 11th overall pick.

The Giants can go a few different ways here. But the best bet for their offensive line would be none other than USC left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker (ESPN). Not only do the Giants have all the offensive tackles they need, but both of the top two tackles in the draft this year in Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater will most likely be taken prior to the Giants 11th overall pick (ESPN). Despite it being a little early to select Vera-Tucker at 11th overall (considering all the talent available in the draft this year), he’s well worth it due to not only his incredible strength and athleticism but also because of his versatility to play both guard and tackle positions on the offensive line. Lastly, the Giants just don’t have much depth in the guard position and could really use the extra protection inside. And drafting a guard like Vera-Tucker would not only stabilize that concern but would also reinforce an offensive line that has struggled all too often over these last few seasons.

However, if the Giants want to allocate their 11th overall pick towards improving their defensive line, it’s crucial for them to draft a defensive end and for a few reasons. Despite signing Leonard Williams to a fat extension after having his best year, along with the fact that B.J. Hill makes for a solid fill-in from the outside, the Giants just don’t have much support and depth for the defensive end position. And with the departure of Dalvin Tomlinson, the Giants will probably slot in Dexter Lawrence as well as Shelton into the DT/NT position and still have Austin Johnson to provide additional support inside; so the need for a DE is essential.

But the biggest reason why the Giants need to lean towards a defensive end is predominantly due to the fact that the talent and draft stock for this position is pretty high this year, and the Giants might want to take advantage of that for one big reason: Gregory Rousseau. The University of Miami prospect is arguably the best defensive lineman coming into the draft, bringing not only supreme strength but an unnatural level of athleticism for his size. In addition, Rousseau can play anywhere on the D-Line and makes for a nightmare matchup due to the variety of ways he can evade and elude his opponents. ESPN has him ranked 20th overall, but there’s absolutely no reason why he can’t go 11th overall.  This kid is truly special and has everything he needs to dominate in the NFL. Moreover, the Giants have a history of founding some of their best playoff teams with a dominant defensive line, and if they have the same aspirations, they need to seriously consider drafting Rousseau with their 11th overall pick.

When all is said and done, the Giants very well could look to allocate their 11th overall pick towards a different position altogether, depending on if wide receivers Devonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle become available or whether they opt to boost their secondary instead with a cornerback such as Jaycee Horn. But considering their greatest needs and weaknesses heading into the draft, it would be wise for the Giants to go after a guard or defensive end with their first-round pick. As was put on display over this past month, the Giants invested a lot of money to acquire and resign key players in order to raise their level of talent and essentially make a playoff push (similarly to what they did back in 2016). But to cap off this effort and surge to put this team back on track, it’s of the utmost importance that the Giants execute a strong draft.  And that starts with maximizing their 11th overall pick by selecting an elite guard or defensive end.

Report: New York Giants and CB Jason McCourty have ‘mutual interest’

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It is never a bad thing to bring on a former Super Bowl-winning player, as the New York Giants have several on their roster who have played at the biggest stage. This off-season, the Giants have been extremely active in free agency, acquiring names like Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson, but it doesn’t seem they are done just yet, as they continue to scour the market for cheap signings that can influence the team in 2021.

Recently, the Giants were connected with veteran defensive back Jason McCourty, a former Rutgers stand-out and sixth-round pick in 2009, as per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. McCourty spent the last few years in New England with his brother Devin, winning a Super Bowl and making an impact as a starter. Last year, he played in 16 games, starting in 11. He recorded three passes defended with 42 combined tackles.

At 33 years old, Jason doesn’t have much more time in the NFL but joining a team that values him and can offer him an impactful role is essential. The veteran corner simply wants to help the teammates around him, whether it be mentoring or serving as a back-up to a team that simply wants him. A good experience to end his career is essentially what he’s looking for, and the Giants can offer him an entirely changed culture led by a head coach Joe Judge, who has immediate relations with McCourty from his time in New England.

The question is, how are the Giants be able to sign him with minimal salary space left to spare?

Currently, the Giants have $4.18 million in cap space, but there is one avenue they can explore to acquire McCourty. The Giants are currently on the hook for $2.83 million due to Isaac Yiadom, who will serve as the back-up to Adora Jackson and James Bradberry next season. If the Giants feel as though Jason is a better fit and can offer more, they can cut Yiadom and save his entire contract, rolling it over to the veteran.

Personally, I think this would be an efficient move, considering Jason finished the 2020 season with a 79.6 overall coverage grade, allowing just 260 yards and zero scores. He was solid in coverage, and the Giants only really need him for one season to help the younger guys develop. If he’s willing to settle at a cheaper price point, this should be an easy decision for management.

What the New York Giants’ 2021 defense could look like post NFL Draft

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The New York Giants are well on their way toward one of the best defenses in football next season, especially after the acquisition of CB2 Adoree Jackson.

In 2020, the Giants had one of the best units in the NFL, ranking ninth in points allowed per game despite a massive hole at the second corner position and a severe lack of a pass rush. Injuries to Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines kept them out for nearly the entire campaign, so coordinator Patrick Graham had to compensate for their loss.

With Carter and Ximines expected to return in 2021, the Giants will have a semblance of a pass rush and potentially elite cornerback paired with James Bradberry. If they can remain healthy, the Giants will be in great shape moving forward, and that’s not even considering who they land in the 2021 NFL draft (mock).

New York Giants’ top players on defense post-NFL-Draft:

DL: Leonard Williams

DL: Dexter Lawrance

DT: Danny Shelton

OLB: Lorenzo Carter

OLB: Oshane Ximines

MLB: Blake Martinez

MLB: Micah Parsons (11th overall pick)

CB: Adoree Jackson

CB: James Bradberry

CB: Darnay Holmes

CB: Julian Love

S: Logan Ryan

S: Xavier McKinney

S: Jabrill Peppers

In this theoretical scenario, the Giants select Micah Parsons out of Penn State with the 11th overall pick. During his Pro Day, Parsons ran an insane 4.39 40-yard yard dash at over 240 pounds. He is an athletic unicorn at his size and possesses the skills to be an elite run-stopping linebacker and potential pass rusher at the next level. Despite opting out in 2020, teams have seen enough from him to justify him being a top 10 pick, who could easily slip to the Giants at 11 with so much great talent in this year’s draft. During his last season of production, he posted 109 tackles, 14 for a loss, 5.0 sacks, five passes defended, and for forever fumbles.

At the end of the day, Parsons is a player most teams would build a foundation around, and the Giants already have a stellar unit that would only take a step forward with his presence. With upside as a pass-coverage linebacker, Parsons has the versatility and position-less nature to fit perfectly in Graham’s scheme.

With elite corners, a trio of safeties that brings a dynamic style of play to the football field, and the return of a few adequate pass rushers, the Giants could be looking at the best defense in football, and that is something management will be considering heavily when the 11th pick occurs in just under a month.

New York Giants: Reviewing an incredibly difficult decision with the 11th overall pick

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With teams maneuvering around the New York Giants in the 2021 NFL draft, they have a fantastic opportunity to sit pretty at 11 and pick the best player available. Co-owner John Mara recently stated that the Giants don’t necessarily have to take a receiver or a cornerback after signing Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson, which opens the door for many different prospects to be considered.

The Giants could look to a player like Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern to bolster their offensive line, or they could provide Daniel Jones with another elite weapon like Jaylen Waddle or Kyle Pitts, given they’re on the board. Even the defense could be a focal point, with players like Micah Parsons or even a pass rusher.

At the end of the day, the Giants have an opportunity to secure a premium prospect that will make an impact on day one, and with the expectation that four quarterbacks will be off the board in the top 10 picks, there will be a stud available at 11. Let’s take a look at two players the Giants could consider, upgrading either side of the ball significantly.

Micah Parsons Vs. Rashawn Slater:

During Parsons’ Pro Day at Penn State, he answered a lot of questions about his athleticism. Running a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, Parsons proved he has elite straight away speed, with the ability to play as a sideline to sideline linebacker.

“I feel like I really helped myself,” Parsons said. “I think a lot of people had me like 4.5, 4.6 maybe. But I think I’m the fastest linebacker in this draft, and I really showed people how good I can move. I think a lot of people slept on that. They knew I was fast, but I don’t think they knew I was that fast.”

While Micah opted out of the 2020 season, his 2019 tape tells the entire story. Securing 5.0 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles, Parsons is capable of stopping the run at an elite level but also rushing the passer with above-average moves for an MLB. Pairing him with Blake Martinez, the Giants’ current starting MLB, would be devastating for opposing offenses.

Parsons is ultimately a player you build around, a foundational piece that lays the groundwork for the future. Adding him to a defense that recently acquired Adoree Jackson and is already considered a top 10 unit would be incredible. If the Giants really believe that defense wins championships, this should be an easy decision for them, as they can always find an offensive guard in the second round and a receiver in the third, given how deep this current draft class is.

Alternatively, Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern could be an efficient move, considering the Giants cut starting RG Kevin Zeitler, saving $12 million in cap space. This move left a gaping hole in the OL, and Slater is capable of playing on the interior and also kicked outside at tackle.

His versatility makes him an elite prospect and one that has been shooting up the draft boards as of late. Premium offensive linemen are often selected in the top 15, but with so many talented players in this draft and the lack of information, Slater could fall to the Giants at 11, giving them an opportunity to secure a position of need but also add a player with All-Pro potential.

Slater does have smaller arms, indicating he could be a better fit at guard, but the Giants can do what they please with him. This brings up the best player available complex, as the Giants could argue that Slater would fill a big need, and Parsons is much more of a luxury pick.

Personally, I believe Parsons has generational upside and the potential to make the Giants’ defense one of the best in the NFL, if not THE best. Slater hasn’t played in over a year, and most of his hype is based around his tangible traits and some solid film. He might take a bit of time to refine, and with the lack of information out there, the connection the Giants have with Parsons, and their own coaching staff with Spence Chaos makes more sense in my eyes. Of course, Micah’s off-the-field issues are something to consider, and I would rely on the Giants’ coaches to determine the severity and implications of those actions.