New York Giants Leaning Towards Isaiah Simmons, Report Says

The narrative around the New York Giants and the NFL Draft has already changed multiple times at this point. And closer to the draft, it may change again.

The first instinct of many analysts and fans was to predict the team drafting Isaiah Simmons after falling out of the running for Chase Young by dropping in draft position at the end of the season, but then the narrative shifted to support the team taking an offensive tackle. After all, Nate Solder hasn’t panned out at the position, and the Giants have a young quarterback to protect.

Andrew Thomas, Mekhi Becton, and Jedrick Wills have been some of the players linked to the Giants the most. And they all share the position of offensive tackle. Tristan Wirfs has also entered the conversation following his performance in the combine, adding another tackle to the list of potential options.

However, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, it isn’t a tackle that scouts are linking to the Giants.

Miller claims that “many NFL scouts” believe that the Giants will take Simmons rather than taking a tackle or trading down. Simmons is seen as the most versatile player at the linebacker position, especially in comparison to Chase Young, whose claim to fame comes from his pass rushing.

With the Giants potentially losing Markus Golden, who is their sacks leader from last year, as well as not quite getting the most out of Lorenzo Carter’s potential, drafting an outside linebacker isn’t entirely a bad idea – but it does mean the Giants would likely miss out on a top pass protector for Daniel Jones, to get a player that won’t help with sacks as much as Chase Young would.

Is it a good move? Potentially, but there’s still a major case to be made for the Giants taking a tackle.

Could the New York Giants trade up one spot to land top defensive talent in NFL Draft?

While most headlines are suggesting the New York Giants should trade back in the 2020 NFL draft, there is one scenario where the Giants might consider trading up.

With rumors hinting that the Washington Redskins are looking to trade back with a quarterback-needy team, this opens up the possibility that star pass rusher Chase Young could fall one or two spots to the Giants. However, if Young is on the board for the Detroit Lions, who also have a void at the position, they could easily take him and not look back.

If Young, who is the best defensive prospect in the draft, is one spot away from the Giants, should they consider trading up one slot to grab him?

It might cost them a pretty penny (a second-rounder or a package of mid-round picks), but locking down a stud player at one of the most expensive positions could be a justifiable cause.

What would Chase Young bring to the New York Giants?

With the Giants signing only Kyler Fackrell to serve as their new pass rusher for the 2020 campaign, there is a significant void at the position. They may retain Markus Golden or trade for Yannick Ngakoue, but the reality is that GM Dave Gettleman doesn’t have the cap space to spend on an elite player.

That could suggest young isn’t as crazy of a thought as we might think. Last season with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Young recorded 16.5 sacks with 21 tackles for a loss.

As one of the most polarizing players in college football, Young has translatable qualities to the NFL. At just 20 years old, Young would offer the Giants an extremely youthful player with plenty of room to develop. Considering his already existing qualities, he could be more transformative for the defense than Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons.

There is always a possibility that Young slips to the fourth overall spot, and while that is unlikely, the Giants can’t go wrong with Chase, Simmons, or a top offensive tackle prospect.

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New York Giants: Does Isaiah Simmons offer more than a tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft?

New York Giants, Isaiah Simmons, Andrew Thomas

General manager Dave Gettleman is an interesting evaluator, and for the New York Giants, he has taken a step away from his traditional methods at times to adapt to a more modernized approach. Similar to Carolina, he drafted a running back extremely high in Saquon Barkley and formerly Christian McCaffrey. Both are elite players in the NFL and represent the next generation of backs; however, his offensive line approach has taken a little change.

The latest pick Gettleman spent on a lineman was the 64th overall selection for Taylor Moton, but he chose Will Hernandez out of UTEP with the 34th overall pick two years back. He has never spent a first-round pick on the OL, but that could change in 2020, depending on how he views the Giants’ needs.

The big conundrum Gettleman faces is whether he should invest the 4th overall pick in a tackle or Clemson standout defender Isaiah Simmons.

What the New York Giants should be considering:

First and foremost, Nate Solder is still slotted into the left tackle position, which indicates that he will be the starter in 2020. So, if Gettleman invests in a tackle, they’re already in a position to compete, unless, they can play both sides of the line like Tristan Wirfs. In that scenario, the Giants can have Wirfs (or another prospect) compete for the starting right tackle spot with the projection that they will transfer over to the left side in 2021. Again, this doesn’t provide an immediate influence like Isaiah Simmons would on defense.

I’m happy with Simmons or an offensive tackle, but the Giants’ defense is in dire need of a playmaking linebacker who can play multiple positions. Simmons is a self-proclaimed “defender,” meaning he can play mid-high safety, slot corner, weakside, and MIKE linebacker. He’s a jack of all trades player and is only 20-years-old, indicating the room he has to develop.

Protecting Daniel Jones is a priority, but it’s difficult to pass on Simmons, who can bolster a defense that failed to hold teams from scoring in the first and fourth quarters last year. He also has a positive injury history.

To conclude, Simmons does offer more than a tackle simply because he impacts the team immediately while the Giants’ offensive line has a few road-blocks in place — Solder, Nick Gates, Cam Fleming. There are players set to compete for spots or already plugged in=. The more efficient move might be to draft Simmons and snag a prospect with a high ceiling to take over in 2021 when Solder is inevitably cut.

New York Giants: 3 round mock draft to fix the defense

New York Giants, Julian Okwara

The New York Giants have holes left to fill despite allocating plenty of money toward the defense this free agency period. Signing James Bradberry and Blake Martinez was supposed to sure-up the cornerback and linebacker position, but those weren’t the only deficiencies the Giants faced in 2019.

The upcoming NFL draft represents an opportunity for GM Dave Gettleman to finally build a worthwhile defense, something the team hasn’t had in quite some time.

A three-round mock draft to fix the New York Giants’ defense:

1.) 4th overall

This is an easy one — Isaiah Simmons is the only option for the Giants a 4th with the assumption that Chase Young is off the board. Simmons is a self-proclaimed “defender” and can transform the defense into a more productive unit. His ability to play in the slot, mid-high safety, stop the run and rush the passer gives defensive coordinator Patrick Graham a player he can have fun with.

Simmons record 8.0 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss in 2019, proving he can collapse the pocket and get into the offense’s backfield. As one of the most physically gifted and intelligent (football IQ) players entering the draft, the Giants can’t miss on him, especially since Gettleman has never drafted an offensive lineman in the first round of a draft.

2.) 36th overall 

Here’s a bit of a different selection — Antoine Winfield Jr., out of Minnesota. Winfield is a stellar free safety ball hawk who can fill a void in the secondary the Giants have left open for years. Last season, they attempted to fill the hole with Antoine Bethea, who was awful in coverage and allowed seven touchdown passes.

The Minnesota product is a gritty football player with average athleticism and size, but he’s instinctually gifted and is in the right spot at the right time. A good coach who can improve his open-field tackling could make him a staple in the Giants’ defensive backfield for years to come. His seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 62 combined tackles should tell you everything you need to know about the stud safety.

3.) 99th overall

The Giants address the pass-rush position with Julian Okwara at 99 overall, filling a gap that was left in free agency after the team passed on Jadeveon Clowney and Markus Golden. There’s still time to sign a pass rusher, but Big Blue has minimal funds remaining, and the draft seems like a reasonable allocation toward finding another player.

Okwara is an intriguing prospect who has flashed talent at times but has struggled against the run and has picked up some injuries along the way. As the brother of former Giants, Romeo Okwara, he would bring a familiar aura around the facilities, but he’s still a raw talent with room to grow.

The Notre Dame product followed up a great 2018 campaign with a lackluster 2019, which saw his production topple after a broken leg ended his season early. Luckily, a broken bone will heal entirely, and it wasn’t a ligament issue. He can become a bigger, stronger player over time, and taking a flier on him at No. 99 would be a solid move.

New York Giants: Comparing The Recent Success Rate Of First-Round OTs and LBs

New York Giants, Isaiah Simmons, Andrew Thomas

The New York Giants hold the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. With free agency just about over, the Giants spent a lot of money but did not fill every hole. New York did secure an inside linebacker, Blake Martinez, however, he still will not thrive in the pass-coverage role that the Giants desperately need to fill. This makes Isaiah Simmons still a suitable option at fourth overall.

But the Giants did not sign a bonafide-starter at the offensive tackle position either. Cameron Fleming was signed by New York with hopes of starting at right tackle opposite of Nate Solder, but that could change in next month’s draft, too.

The option for an offensive tackle or a linebacker (Isaiah Simmons) with the fourth overall pick is still there. Dave Gettleman and company will have a tough decision to make: take the best player available in Isaiah Simmons and change the face of your defense? Or address a major position of need with a stud offensive tackle prospect?

First-Round Offensive Tackle Draft Success

In the last three years, eight offensive tackles have been drafted in the first round:

  • Ryan Ramczyk- 2019 First-Team All-Pro.
  • Garrett Bolles- Has not missed a game, good PFF grade (75.9 overall).
  • Isaiah Wynn- Missed 24 out of 32 games with injuries.
  • Kolton Miller- Has not missed a game, average PFF grade (65.0 overall).
  • Mike McGlinchey- Played in 28 of 32 games, integral to San Francisco’s dominant offensive line.
  • Kaleb McGary- Has not missed a game, 13 sacks allowed, poor PFF grade (53.0 overall).
  • Tytus Howard- Missed 8 games in rookie season with an injury.
  • Andre Dillard- Played 4 games, sat behind Jason Peters. Expected to start in 2020.
  • Jonah Williams- Missed entire rookie season with an injury.

First-round offensive tackles are volatile. Many of them miss significant time with injuries or struggle to play at a high level early on in their careers. Drafting an offensive tackle is a long-term upgrade. But it does not necessarily improve your team right away. Drafting an inside linebacker in the first round, however, has proven to have an instant impact.

First-Round Inside Linebacker Draft Success

In the last three years, nine inside linebackers have been selected in the first round:

  • Reuben Foster- Career derailed by suspensions and injuries.
  • Jarrad Davis- Has played in 41 of 48 games, poor PFF grade (40.4 overall), and 15.3% and 13.7% missed tackle rates.
  • Haason Reddick- Started 20 of 48 games, poor PFF grade (40.1 overall), 12.1% and 12.6% missed tackle rates.
  • Rashaan Evans- Started 23 of 31 games played in, missed 1 game, recorded 11 combined tackles on 16 starts in 2019 with a 13.3% missed tackle rate and a poor PFF grade (49.8 overall).
  • Leighton Vander Esch- 2018 Second-Team All-Pro with 140 tackles and 6.7% missed tackle rate, missed 7 games with injury in 2019.
  • Tremaine Edmunds- Played 31 of 32 games, 115+ tackles both seasons, 9.4% missed tackle rate in 2019.
  • Roquan Smith- Missed 4 games in 2019 with injury, still managed 101 tackles with a 3.8% missed tackle rate.
  • Devin Bush- Started 15 games as a rookie, 109 combined tackles with 11.4% missed tackle rate, and average PFF grade (62.9 overall).
  • Devin White- Played in and started 13 games as a rookie, 91 combined tackles with 11.7% missed tackle rate poor, PFF grade (50.6 overall), and led the NFL in fumble return yards and touchdowns (121 yards, 2 touchdowns on 3 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries).

Despite mostly poor Pro Football Focus grades at the position, the inside linebackers have been impactful in their first seasons. Many of them totaled over 100 tackles in more than one season and many played in the majority of their team’s games as starters on the defense.

If the Giants do decide to draft Isaiah Simmons, they will be getting the best and most versatile inside linebacker prospect of the last four years. He will have an instant impact on the team and significantly boost the defense’s talent level. However, drafting an offensive tackle is a long-term selection with an impact that might be more valuable but take longer to arrive.

Shoutout to @BigBlueUnited on Twitter for inspiring this article.

New York Giants: How would Isaiah Simmons transform the defense?

The New York Giants need an influx of talent at the tackle position in the upcoming NFL Draft, but general manager Dave Gettleman is a firm believer in taking the best player available, which ultimately could be star defender Isaiah Simmons at 4th overall.

Simmons is one of the more polarizing prospects entering the draft. In essence, his ability to line up as a traditional linebacker in off-ball coverage and against the run is exciting for a defense that hasn’t had a diverse linebacker in years. Simmons represents an overhaul of a dead philosophy, forgoing investing a top pick in a linebacker who can solidify the middle of the defense.

However, Simmons represents much more than just a linebacker. His lankiness and speed allow him to defend in coverage against slot vertical receivers who are trying to beat the defense deep. Currently, the Giants have Julian Love and Grant Haley as suitable slot options, but Simmons could slide into that role as well. It’s not often you find a linebacker who can also play mid-high safety and slot cornerback.

Are the New York Giants setting their defense up for Isaiah Simmons?

One telling signing this offseason was Blake Martinez, who led the NFL at the linebacker position with 155 combined tackles. He’s a patient linebacker who cleans up plays well but struggled in coverage significantly at times.

Simmons seems to be the perfect fit alongside Martinez, as he can also play the run well but also shift around and keep the offense guessing. This duo could be unique, which is the only way I can justify signing Martinez. His deal isn’t significant at three-year, $30 million, but there were other options available that might have made more sense. Even pairing Ryan Connelly with Simmons might have been the more efficient move.

However, we can expect Martinez to fill a specific cleanup role. If the Giants do pass on Simmons, it will be interesting to see how the mitigate the lack of a coverage linebacker. Connelly is good but still unproven.

What happens if the New York Giants don’t sign a pass rusher to bolster defense?

New York Giants, Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

The New York Giants are proceeding through free agency with caution, electing to invest in tier-2 free agents rather than spend money on top players with bloated contracts.

Signing Blake Martinez and James Bradberry attests to their money-saving mentality, as both Byron Jones and Cory Littleton earned more significant contracts (not by much, but more). The Giants taking a more conceded approach tells us a few things — first, they don’t feel like they can win in 2020. Second, they have adopted a different attitude toward financial spending, and lastly, Joe Judge is taking on more responsibility.

General manager Dave Gettleman has been committed to the NFL Draft in recent seasons, but going into year three of a rebuild, we can imagine his desire to fill positions of need with top talent. Head coach Joe Judge has implemented a more conservative approach, which could hurt the pass rush position temporarily.

The New York Giants are still in on some pass rushers:

Currently, Big Blue features Oshane Ximines, Lorenzo Carter, and Kyler Fackrell as their primary pass rushers. Reports have indicated that Markus Golden could still be in the mix, but fitting his salary into the cap would require the Giants to re-structure Leonard Williams’ contract (currently set to earn $16.126 million on the franchise tag).

If the Giants elect to stay firm with their three unproven pass rushers, they will be taking a considerable risk at the position and risk defensive inefficiency. However, knowing that the team needs to adapt to the style of Judge and co., there’s no rush to jump into a big contract, unless they can front-load the deal on a three-year contract, similar to Bradberry and Martinez’s.

An alternative would be to address the position through the draft. While it’s unlikely, Chase Young falls to the 4th overall pick, grabbing Isaiah Simmons could supplement some concern, as he can rush the passer on third downs as an OLB. Simmons considers himself a “defender,” which opens up his usability. It’s easy to forget he logged 8.0 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss in 2019.

It’s also important to note that the Giants expect the interior of their defensive front to generate a considerable pass rush push, closing the pocket and pressuring quarterbacks to throw earlier. This was a major factor in the decision to retain Leonard Williams.

New York Giants: The Ideal Draft-Day Trade

The New York Giants are in a perfect position at fourth overall. They have the opportunity to land an elite draft prospect, but they are also sitting ahead of numerous quarterback-needy teams that might be looking to trade up to draft their signal-caller.

The Giants, at fourth overall, sit ahead of teams searching for a quarterback, such as the Miami Dolphins (fifth overall), the Los Angeles Chargers (sixth overall), and the Oakland Raiders (ninth overall). The Dolphins and Chargers are widely expected to trade up for a quarterback if they must.

Securing Two First Round Picks:

The Giants can capitalize on the Chargers’ and Dolphins’ needs for a quarterback. Miami holds three first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft: fifth overall, eighteenth overall, and twenty-sixth overall. The Chargers only have the fifth overall pick in the first round, but they also have the thirty-seventh overall pick (second round).

Miami and Los Angeles are both likely to target the best quarterback available, expected to be Tua Tagovailoa. The two teams may compete for the right to draft Tua. The Giants can capitalize on this competition by creating a bidding war for the fourth overall pick.

It would make sense if the Chargers wanted to leapfrog the Dolphins and draft the quarterback they want before Miami has a chance to. They would only need to move up two spots to get in front of Miami. That should not be too expensive of a trade, right? Well, guess again.

Historically, most trades for quarterbacks involve multiple first-round picks in exchange for the pick to draft the quarterback

In addition to the premium prices that teams pay to draft quarterbacks, the Giants have the leverage to secure additional picks from the Miami Dolphins. New York could tell Miami that Los Angeles has offered the sixth overall pick and the thirty-seventh overall pick for the fourth overall pick, which they plan to spend on the quarterback that the Dolphins want. This would force Miami’s hand and get them to cough up the twenty-sixth overall pick to outbid Los Angeles and win the fourth overall pick.

The Giants, after trading the fifth pick to the Dolphins, would move back one spot and still be able to draft whomever they wanted to draft with the fourth overall pick. In addition to drafting that player, the Giants now hold an additional first-round pick, twenty-sixth overall. This would be the ideal draft-day trade for the New York Giants.

Addressing Positions Of Need:

In this ideal scenario, the Giants move back one spot and still get the prospect they wanted to draft with the fourth overall pick. They could even trade back further and stockpile more picks. I digress, however, and shift focus on whom the Giants could draft in this scenario. Most likely, the pick at fifth overall would be Clemson do-it-all linebacker, Isaiah Simmons.

Simmons perfectly fits the Giants’ defense and would be an X-factor for years to come. But how would the Giants address their other positions of need, such as edge rusher and offensive tackle? Well, now that they own the twenty-sixth overall pick (and have owned the thirty-sixth overall pick), New York can fill one of those needs in addition to landing superstar Isaiah Simmons.

The twenty-sixth overall pick could be used to draft a player such as AJ Epenesa, Zack Baun, or Yetur Gross-Matos, all first-round EDGE prospects. Or, they could spend the pick on offensive tackles, such as Lucas Niang or Josh Jones. One of those tackles might still be available with the thirty-sixth overall pick if they decide to wait and draft an EDGE at twenty-six instead. If the Giants are feeling aggressive and convicted towards a specific offensive tackle, they could even package twenty-six and thirty-six in a trade to move back inside the top-twenty or top-fifteen.

In this scenario, the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft could look like this for the Giants: Isaiah Simmons, AJ Epenesa, and Josh Jones OR Isaiah Simmons and Andrew Thomas OR Tristan Wirfs, Kenneth Murray, and Justin Jefferson.

While this is the ideal Draft-Day trade scenario for the Giants, do not count on this happening. Dave Gettleman has never traded down in a draft before, and there is no guarantee that the Dolphins or Chargers would be willing to trade up for a quarterback. All we can do, as fans, is hope. This would be a perfect scenario for the New York Giants, so we can hope it our pipe dream comes true, but it likely never will.

New York Giants land defensive playmaker Isaiah Simmons in latest USA Today Mock Draft

New York Giants looking at Isaiah Simmons in 2020 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants could go down several different avenues in the 2020 NFL Draft. Still, the offensive line seems to be the needy unit, as left tackle Nate Solder is a liability at times, and the right tackle position is wide open. The departure of Mike Remmers in free agency has opened up a potential position battle between Nick Gates and recently signed tackle, Cameron Fleming.

While the offensive tackle position could serve to gain a top prospect, the defense could also use a top playmaker. After GM Dave Gettleman allocated millions of dollars toward bolstering the defense by means of CB James Bradberry, LB Blake Martinez, OLB Kyler Fackrell, and retaining LB David Mayo and DT Leonard Williams, the unit could still use another difference-maker.

That’s where Isaiah Simmons enters the picture.

USA Today’s latest mock draft has the Giants landing Simmons with the 4th overall pick:

4. Giants — Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson: Having spent big to retain defensive lineman Leonard Williams and reel in cornerback James Bradberry and linebacker Blake Martinez, general manager Dave Gettleman might be drawn to one of his beloved “hog mollies” with this pick. As much as quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley would benefit from such an addition along the offensive line, Simmons has a strong case as the most valuable option for Big Blue. Defenders with his versatility and range don’t come around often, and he could prove to be the catalyst the Giants have been lacking.

While Gettleman added Martinez and retained Mayo, Simmons adds a different dynamic. His ability to drop into coverage and rush the passer on third downs makes him more of a “defender,” by his definition than a linebacker. His statistical output in 2019 while at Clemson is diverse — 104 total tackles, 7.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions, and 8 passes defended.

There’s little evidence to suggest that Simmons wouldn’t be a massive upgrade at the LB position for the Giants, and he would add a coverage attribute that Martinez and Mayo simply don’t have.

Are The New York Giants Setting Their Defense Up For Isaiah Simmons?

New York Giants looking at Isaiah Simmons in 2020 NFL Draft?

The New York Giants made a couple of big-splash signings on the first day of free agency. New York landed cornerback James Bradberry and linebacker Blake Martinez, both of which will be new starters on the defense making over $10 million per year.

What NFL teams do in free agency usually indicates what they are planning to do in the draft. The Giants’ general manager Dave Gettleman once said, “You address issues with free agency so that you can set yourself up in the draft so you take the best player available.”

Who would be the best player available for the Giants with the fourth overall pick? Most likely, linebacker Isaiah Simmons. But the Giants just signed three linebackers: Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, and David Mayo. Does this mean they will not be drafting Simmons? Well, it might actually indicate the opposite.

The Giants Did Not Improve Their Linebackers’ Coverage Ability

The biggest complaint Giants fans have with the Blake Martinez signing is not about the player’s actual talent level. Instead, it is about Martinez’s playing strengths and style. Blake Martinez is not a coverage linebacker. In 2019, Martinez allowed a completion percentage of 83.8% in his coverage. Giants fans will criticize this signing because Cory Littleton and Joe Schobert, linebackers who are known for being able to make plays in coverage, were signed to contracts similar in price to that of Martinez.

The Giants’ inability to guard athletic tight ends and receiving running backs has been the Achilles heel of the defense for years. Former Giants’ linebacker Alec Ogletree allowed a completion percentage of 83.0% in his coverage in 2019. The Blake Martinez signing (83.8%) does not exactly fix this error in the Giants’ defense. But there is another linebacker who will be available this season that could fix that error.

Isaiah Simmons’s top strength is his ability to make plays in coverage. Simmons, the Swiss-Army-Knife defender out of Clemson is the top linebacker prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is expected to be on the board when the Giants are picking fourth overall and he is expected to be the best defensive player available. Gettleman wants to take the best player available, but after investing heavily in the linebacker position in free agency, will he? Many fans believe Gettleman’s moves in free agency signal that he will be going offensive tackle in the first round of the draft. Here is why that might not be true:

Isaiah Simmons Would Mesh Perfectly With The Giants’ Linebackers

Blake Martinez and David Mayo are prototypical run-stuffing inside linebackers. Martinez racked up 144 tackles in 2017, 155 tackles in 2018, and 144 tackles in 2019. He is known for being a stalwart run-defender. But he is also known, as stated above, for struggling in pass-coverage.

In 2019, David Mayo totaled 82 combined tackles in 13 games. Additionally, Mayo had 5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. However, Mayo’s coverage was targeted 29 times and he allowed 19 completions, a 65.5% completion percentage. His poor performance in coverage makes it hard to imagine the Giants relying on him and Martinez as their primary inside linebackers. Neither Martinez nor Mayo are proficient in coverage. But Isaiah Simmons is.

According to Pro Football Focus, Isaiah Simmons has allowed only 6.0 yards per target and has earned a PFF coverage grade of 92.5. Isaiah Simmons is exceptional in man-coverage. He has the coverage-ability of a safety but has the size to play linebacker in the NFL. Simmons is no pushover in run-defense either, totaling 104 tackles in 2019 to go along with his 3 interceptions.

All of this falls perfectly in line with what head coach Joe Judge said during his introductory press conference:

Let them play to their strengths. Don’t sit in a meeting and tell me what you don’t have in a player. Don’t tell me they can’t do certain things, tell me what they can do and then we’ll figure out as coaches, because that’s our job, how we can use that. –Joe Judge, head coach of the New York Giants

The Giants’ new head coach plans to play his players to their strengths. If that holds true, do not expect to see Blake Martinez and David Mayo lined up in man coverage on tight ends and slot receivers very often. If the Giants do in fact draft Isaiah Simmons, he will be lining up in man coverage while Martinez plugs the gaps in run defense and blitzes on passing downs. Adding Simmons into the fold masks Martinez’s weaknesses and allows the defense to operate at an efficient level with the linebackers playing to their strengths.