Before last season, the New York Giants had a huge hole in the linebacker position. Luckily for the team, they brought in Blake Martinez, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, and a lot of their issues were quickly resolved. Martinez tackled anything that moved, registering 151 combined strikeouts from running backs last season.
That said, New York will continue to try to bring in talent at this level of defense as the opposing fouls are now very aware of Martinez’s skills and will try to plan their game against him.
Who are some linebackers the Giants might try to get in the next 2021 NFL Draft?
In many NFL simulation projects, Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Micah Parsons is the first linebacker to leave the board. The Giants pick at 11, and Parsons seems to be in the 10-20 range in many betting tips, so he should definitely be available when they’re on the clock. He would be a very positive addition to an improved Giants defense.
Parsons has decided not to participate in the 2020 college football season, so teams will have to withdraw his strip from his previous seasons at Happy Valley. His junior season was relatively similar to Blake Martinez, as he was apparently involved in almost every game. Parsons made 109 total tackles in 2019, with 5 strong sacks. If the Giants pair Parsons with Martinez, they’ll have two players who can cover an impressive amount of ground around the line of scrimmage.
Another option for the Giants could be Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. While Parsons seems to be considered a bit better than Owusu-Koramoah, the latter’s participation in the 2020 college football season could prompt New York to take him – if not on Parsons, after Parsons if he’s already out of the game. advice.
Owusu-Koramoah never quite put together Parsons’ stunning stats, but his last two years at Notre Dame have been extremely consistent. He’s played 25 games in the past two years and posted double-digit tackles for loss every season. Koramoah is a bit smaller physically than Parsons, but is shaping up as a solid fit in the NFL today. At a svelte 215 pounds, he thinks he can run with carriers and receivers.
Zaven Collins could be another alternative for the Giants, but they’ll likely be more inclined to take it if they move from No.11 to a later pick in the first round. They could also try to go from No. 42 in the second round if Collins slips. Outside of Tulsa University, Collins hasn’t faced the same level of competition as the previous two prospects, but still has attractive NFL redemption qualities.
According to Pro Football Focus (as highlighted below in the tweet), Collins has exceptional pass coverage skills when he comes out of college. His defended passing stats have remained relatively static throughout his college career, but his interception totals soared in 2020. Collins notched 4 assists last season and averaged 38 yards on the backslash from each of those. turnarounds. He’s a versatile player who should be on the pitch in third downs regardless of downsizing and distance.