Giant QB Competition? 8/12/19

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Description: In this episode we discuss Daniel Jones performance against the Jets and if there should be a QB competition for the Giants. We also discuss what we want to see week 2 of preseason for the Jets and Giants. Other topics include, The Mets winning their series against the Nationals and the importance of the Yankees having the best record in the American league. All that and more New York sports.

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Jets vs Giants Preseason Preview 8/5/19

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In this episode we preview the Jets vs Giants and what we are looking to see in their preseason match up. We also discuss if the Yankees have enough starting pitching to reach the World Series, The Mets push for the Wild Card, and The Jets signing Ryan Kalil. We are also joined by Nicky Snacks to talk everything fantasy football. All that and more New York sports.

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Jets Spring 2019 Preview

So it’s finally May and every football fan is starting to have that spring fever. No, not because of the sun but we can smell football right around the corner and we are itching for our team to make the big jump. If you are a Jets fan you are more than anxious about this season coming. I would say there is an atmosphere of anxiety and excitement around Jets nation.

This year is an interesting scenario, it has both the feeling of a new chapter and a win now mentality. We get to see the growth of our second year QB Sam Darnold under a new head coach Adam Gase, a revamped defense with major acquisitions like CJ Mosely, and a new look with our Gotham Green Jerseys. This article will dive deep into the Jets roster and with Mike Maccagnan’s office just cleaned out I will predict how much the Jets will improve in 2019.

Biggest Acquisition

The biggest acquisition for the Jets this offseason was easily Le’Veon Bell formally from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before his year in the rap studio, Bell was a top 5 running back in the NFL. In 2017, he was second in the league in rush yards, top 5 in rushing TD’s, and was top 10 in the league in receptions. Folks, he’s a running back and was top 10 in the league in receptions. That is unheard of. He has the skills of a lethal receiver as well as a rusher. He is one of those all-around running back talents that can fit in any system and can make something out of nothing. The best part about this acquisition is the combo with him and Sam Darnold. It is well known in the NFL that a good running gain helps a young QB tremendously. Sam is coming off a good rookie season and having Bell as his support can only help him grow.

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Break Through Player

My breakthrough player for this season is second-year franchise QB, Sam Darnold. Sam Darnold is a young talent with an emphasis on young. Being the youngest QB to ever start a snap in NFL history, Sam took on the challenge and I think lived up to expectation. His first few weeks were tough growing pains but as the season progressed Darnold’s play had only gotten better. There were some games where he had impressed every analyst with his performance. Against a playoff powerhouse in the Colts, Sam took the game into his hands and dominated. Going 24-30 80% completion percentage 2 TD 1 Int 280 yards. After his injury, Sam Darnold averaged 64% completion percentage throwing 6 TDs and only 1 Int in 4 games. His performance by the end of the season showed me that he was learning to be a professional and getting better every day. His biggest flaws as a rookie were his footwork and timing of his throws. When he had the correct footwork his throws were beautiful. Under the QB guru Adam Gase, I can only assume these small issues will be fixed and Sam Darnold will have a breakout season being a hidden gem that will spark the Jets success.

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Potential Team Strengths

When looking at the strengths of this team you could check off on certain position groups that have gotten big boosts in talent that should increase their productivity. I believe the Jets Defense all around will see a boost. Specifically, the front 7 is the best aspect of the Jets defense this coming season. The interior D-line with Anderson, Leonard Williams, Quinnen Williams, and Steve Mclendon provide a stable rush defense and all around strength on the inside. Jets scouts are hoping that Quinnen Williams can have a break out season being paired along side these other monsters in the trenches and if you are a fan of the big fella so are you. The Jets two inside LB’s impress me. Avery Williamson had a good season with the Jets being ranked by PFF as the 18th best inside LB in the NFL and adding pro bowl LB CJ Mosley only deepens a good core of players. The X factor in the front 7 has to be newly drafted edge rusher Jachai Polite. The Jets had lacked an elite edge rusher for many years and Polite can be the catalyst that changes the success of the Dline. The Jets were 15th in sacks with 39, hopefully adding Polite can boost these numbers.

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Team Question Marks

The Jets have a strong team heading into 2019 but there are still some groups on the team that give me concern. For starters, the offensive line scares me. I can agree that both Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell are both average tackles in the NFL being ranked by PFF in the 62-65 range. But the unstable section of the O-line comes from the interior specifically in the center and right guard positions. Jonotthan Harrison and Brian Winters are the Jets biggest weakness in the trenches. PFF had rated Harrison as the 3rd worst center in the NFL. Winters had a more favorable rated by PFF but had still only been posted in the average category. Even adding Kelechi Osemele creates some concerns due to his poor season last year with the Raiders. With a team that had the second most in cap space unable to add more to the O-line was a big mistake for previous GM Mike Maccagnan which could be seen as a catalyst for his firing. The Jets will rely on their O-line quite a lot this season and my fear is they will not hold up.

My second biggest question mark for this Jets team is their secondary. The Jets have a pro bowl Strong Saftey in Jamal Adams but the rest of New Jack City leaves me in distress. I really like Marcus Maye as our free safety but my concern is that he is not on the field long enough to make an impact with his injury problems. The Jets need him to stay healthy and have a breakout season. Trumaine Johnson had a tough season in 2018 and did not live up to his contract. He needs to have a bounce-back year or I believe he will be traded. Johnson being paired with Brian Poole and rookie Blessuan Austin does not give me enough confidence to claim that the Jets secondary was back to full strength, in fact, I believe this position group weakens the young defensive unit.

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Bold Prediction

My bold take for the Jets this year is that the young Sam Darnold will make the pro bowl this season. If you look back in NFL history you can always see a big difference between a QB’s rookie season and their second year in the league. I believe Sam Darnold will have a great second season and establish himself as a force to be reckoned with. As I mentioned before, he has shown signs of that elite talent in games against the Colts and the Bills. After his injury, he was very efficient throwing the ball. Throwing 6 TD’s with only 1 INT in 4 games. In the final 4 games of the season, Sam Darnold had the same completion percentage as Baker Mayfield, beating out the other rookies in his class. Mayfield was on both a better team and system. Sam Darnold was surrounded by average weapons so by looking at this year’s team you can only expect that Darnold’s productivity will increase. Le’Veon Bell will be a reliable option in support situations, but receivers like Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Jamieson Crowder, and breakout Tight End Chris Herndon will only help Sam grow into the star New York needs him to be. I expect Sam will live up to the hype and more, they found a gem when they drafted him and I can see him being added to the pro bowl roster.

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Record Prediction

I predict that the Jets will go 8-8 based on their roster strengths, holes, and schedule. The beginning and end of the Jets season are the toughest. The first 5 games of the season they have a really tough stretch, they open with the Bills at home, home against the Browns in prime time, at the Patriots, at the Eagles and home against the Cowboys. I believe that for them to make a run at the wild card they need to come away from this stretch either 3-2 or 4-1. The middle of the season is very manageable. The best part about their schedule is that even when they have away games they are never leaving the east coast. The Jets need to win the sure in games against the Raiders, the Dolphins and the Jags in order for them to have any chance for a playoff berth. Lastly, the final 3 games are tough to close out. Going to Baltimore on Thursday night football can be a challenge due to their defensive prowess. Having back to back AFC North opponents in the Ravens and Steelers will be difficult but if they can come away either winning both or at least one. The final game is against the Bills in Buffalo which I believe the Jets could win if they play them right. The Jets are that type of team that could show up the day of the game or still is in the locker room by the time the 4th quarter starts. I think in order for them to move into the right direction they must be consistent with their play. Hopefully, under the leadership of Adam Gase, the Jets could have a winning season and better yet make the playoffs.

Will the Jets Gamble pay off?

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So it’s finally over. The 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee has concluded and we now know what direction our New York Jets are headed into. If you look all over sports media you can read up on every grade that was given for each team’s draft. By only looking at these lists it would seem as if every team had aced their draft. My only issue with these draft grades is that we will have no idea how well these draft picks are until they step onto the field. If every team followed the draft grades that were given to them by the media then we would have no mediocre teams in the NFL and that is easily not the case.

The point of this article is to give you my overall reaction to the draft, how I felt about the selections and what can we do to fix the remaining holes left on our team. Now I will give you a report of some players that you should be confident about and some players you should be worried if they may end up as busts. The entire NFL draft is almost like gambling. Each team selects a player that performed well in college and the farther away teams get from pick number 1 the higher chance they are at becoming busts.

The truth is I could be completely wrong about my analysis of these players just like the rest of the media, but just like one of those gambling experts, I will provide a sense of which of these bets have a higher chance of winning versus those that will most likely be a risky wager.

This year’s first-round pick for the Jets was DT Quinnen Williams from the University of Alabama. Almost every New York sports journalist had given Quinnen Williams an A- to A+ grade for the Jets. He has strength, explosiveness, and hand speed that make him the top-rated defensive tackle in the draft. He can run a 4.83 40 yard dash at 303lbs which is very rare, but what is more impressive is his side to side speed. When looking at the stat sheet you can only be impressed with his production. He had a total of 71 tackles this last season putting him in the same category as most linebackers, 46 solo 26 assisted. 19.5 of them were for loss and he had 8 sacks. All around a great player on the field, off the field he is a wiz in the film room and his old coach Nick Saban called him “perfect”.

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For the Jets, Williams was the safest pick they could have possibly chosen, this was a bet that had a high probability of cashing out on. For Mike Maccagnan, this draft will be the defining moment for his future with the Jets. If you analyze the previous draft classes that were selected under Maccagnan, the first round selections have been pretty reliable. Since his first year as the Jets GM, in 2015, Maccagnan has drafted a starter for the team in the first round every season. Excluding 2016, Darren Lee being benched for CJ Mosely, Maccagnan has drafted players that have stepped right into the starting spots. Both Jamal Adams and Leonard Williams have been selected to the Pro-Bowl and Sam Darnold has shown great progress in his most recent season.

My issue with Maccagnan is not with his first round selections, it is what he chooses in the rest of the draft that frightens me as a fan. If you look at his previous second and third round selections you would be surprised at how poorly the players have performed in the NFL. Since 2015, there have only been three players selected those rounds that have played starting snaps for the majority of the season. It is hard to consider Nathan Shepard in that list even though he had started and played poorly but I included him anyway. Marcus Maye was the best 2nd round selection he had made in recent years but the issue is his health going forward. His gamble did not pan out as well as he hoped.

This year’s 3rd round selections Jachai Polite and Chuma Edoga have potential to be starters on the Jets. Jachai Polite, Edge Rusher from Florida, has some character flaws but was a complete force for the Gators defense. Having 11 sacks this past season gives the Jets hope that he could help their pass rush that is in dire need of a boost. Chuma Edoga can be a toss-up pick and what bothers me the most about this selection is the many reports of his “motivation” issue. Of the two selections, Politie feels like the better gamble.

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The remaining rounds have been worse than most other teams in the NFL. In rounds 4 through 7 Maccagnan has only drafted 3 players that had started on the Jets for more than two games since 2015. There were a total of 17 players selected and only 3 had been “starters” at some point in the past few years. If you do the math only 17% of the players selected by Maccagnan in rounds 4-7 actually have started more than two games.

This does not ease my nerves when analyzing the remaining selections of the Jets in the later rounds. Of all the selections the Jets have made the only pick that could have potential is Trevon Wesco, TE from West Virginia. He has the size of a good blocking TE and has athleticism, my bigger concern with this pick was that with the many holes that the Jets have, attacking the TE position was not on my list of needs.

All around when we look at the Jets draft my general reaction is that the first two selections in Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite were the better gambles. Both have high ceilings and have 1st round talent. If you were a gambler these would be the bets you would throw your money on. When looking at Maccagnan and his history at drafting, usually the first 3 rounds have been average. They either become starters or role players on the team, but overall the Jets have not progressed forward due to the failed selections in the remaining rounds.

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In my opinion, I felt that the draft could have been better. It is very difficult to fix all the issues of your team with only 6 picks, but when you are a rebuilding franchise you do not draft gambles, you draft conservative long lasting picks. If you look at other successful teams in the league they build their team around their draft selections. The Colts, the Patriots, the Cowboys have built up their teams in the draft by selecting players that build up the foundation rather than pray they stay in the league longer than 3 years. We must wait until these players hit the field before we give them a grade but let’s just say that I do not trust a gamble to change a franchise.

So the question is, what now? The draft is over and the third wave of free agency has begun. From what I can see the Jets have still some positions they must address for the team to be seen as a completely rebuilt team. The biggest two needs come from the Center and Right Guard positions. I would have liked for the Jets to address these positions in the draft but beggars can’t be choosers. I believe the best available Guard is Mike Remmers from Minnesota. Remmers at the beginning of his career had some health issues but in the past 4 years he has only missed 5 games. He had played both guard and tackle last year for Minnesota.  He has the power and speed to make for a reliable option at the guard spot and I adding depth to the position would only help.
So the question is, what now? The draft is over and the third wave of free agency has begun. From what I can see the Jets have still some positions they must address for the team to be seen as a completely rebuilt team. The biggest two needs come from the Center and Right Guard positions. I would have liked for the Jets to address these positions in the draft but beggars can’t be choosers. I believe the best available Guard is Mike Remmers from Minnesota. Remmers at the beginning of his career had some health issues but in the past 4 years he has only missed 5 games. He had played both guard and tackle last year for Minnesota.  He has the power and speed to make for a reliable option at the guard spot and I adding depth to the position would only help.

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To help bring some strength to the inside the best remaining center is John Sullivan from the L.A. Rams. Sullivan is getting up there in age but he has been both reliable and durable throughout his career. He has worked with many QB’s and I believe a veteran Center working with our young QB would be the best route for the team. Since Sullivan is near the end of his career the Jets would most likely find a bargain when signing him to a deal. They could sign him to a one or two year deal to bolster up the inside and not feel tied down to a massive contract. This adds depth the Center position and creates a competition between Jonotthan Harrison and Jon Toth to see who would be the starter. This will not only fix the inside of the line but they could regroup and decide what they would want to do after the contract ends either signing a new center or drafting a successor when the time is right.

Picture this, the Jets starting 5 Oline would include, Beachum, Osmiele, Sullivan, Remmers, and Shell. This I believe would be much more stable than keeping the line the way it is. Having Winters and Harrison as my starting Center and Guard does not boost my confidence every time Darnold drops back to pass. What most people do not realize is that a stable Oline makes fixing a team much easier. Having a superstar like Bell and a young growing talent like Darnold, a stable Oline will only boost their performance rather than halt its growth.

The 2019 NFL Draft had addressed some major issues on the defense, but do not let all of these draft grades fool you, the Jets are still in rebuild mode and have many holes to fill before they can be considered a playoff team. I believe the Jets are almost there. Adding pieces on the Oline and stabilizing the trenches will make the team in a better spot than the previous year. Making these additions may not make us a Superbowl contender but it creates a foundation that allows the team to move forward without having to overpay for certain players.

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Mike Maccagnan is on the hot seat, that may be an understatement, I believe that he is sitting on top of Mount Vesuvius. This draft, excluding the first round selection, felt like a bunch of gambles of a man that does not know if he will be here next year. Each pick was a high-risk high reward selection. They may not have filled the needs I desired, but when we look back at Maccagnan’s career with the Jets we will be looking at this year’s performance as the final judgment on whether he had a positive or negative impact on the Jets. For Mike’s sake, if I were him, I would make a few more moves before that seat of his becomes too hot for him to avoid getting burned.

Giants Talk: NFL Draft First-Round Forecast

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The NFL draft is right upon us, we are almost there Giants fans. April 25th is the date to which a lot of questions surrounding the Giants will be answered. Will the Giants select a QB in the first round? Will the Giants select a first round LB for the first time since Carl Banks? How will the Giants bolster the offensive/defensive lines? The Giants are one of the most intriguing teams heading into the draft due to the amount of capital at their disposal (12 draft picks) and the multiple holes on the roster. The Giants are one of 3 teams to have multiple 1st-round picks (Packers, Raiders). The Giants also have the capital to move up from either their 6th overall, 17th overall and possibly moving back into the first round from their 37th overall selection.  These kind of possibilities should create excitement and nervousness among the fan base.

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This article will be discussing the potential first-round targets at 6th overall the Giants may pursue in this upcoming draft. Now I know what your thinking, I can’t take another mock draft. I can’t take them anymore either, but for this article, I want to give a forecast on the likelihood of certain draft prospects being selected at a specific draft pick. These probabilities vary from high, moderate, and low chance of occurrence.

A couple of disclaimers must be stated. The first being that it’s hard to determine how much a team likes a certain prospect. You hear rumblings of how much they like or dislike certain prospects but unless you are sitting in on their meetings you cannot be absolutely sure no matter what anybody tells you. Secondly, this is the list of likely draft targets at the 6th overall pick. That means Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, and Josh Allen will not be part of the list. Although these are tremendous prospects I can’t imagine these players being available for the Giants unless there is a shocking development that occurs on draft day. If they are available, then the discussion is over and you go with one of them. This is not a perfect science because I can not get into Dave Gettleman’s mind, but based upon what you hear from those close to the team and through fit of scheme, I have come up with Giants first-round forecast.

6th Overall Pick:

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DL-Quinnen Williams (Alabama) Forecast: Low

Whenever you hear scouts claim this prospect is the most disruptive interior lineman since Aaron Donald, that has to grab your attention. When you watch tape of the young 290-pound defensive lineman, you see why such excitement and expectations surround the kid. Williams is both polished in defending the run and the pass, posting the highest PFF grade of any interior defensive lineman. Williams also racked up a nation-leading 48 defensive stops, 43 total QB pressures, and 24 combined sacks/QB hits. If Williams were to fall to 6th overall, the Giants should be running their own 40-yard dash to the podium to turn the card in. If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t count on him being available.

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LB-Devin White (LSU) Forecast: Moderate

Will the Giants break the streak of not drafting a first round LB? Not sure, but this would be an ideal candidate to break it for. The 2-time captain for the Tigers is an athletic and hard-hitting LB the Giants have not had in a long time. White has sideline to sideline speed (4.42 40 yd dash) and blitzing prowess (8.5 career sacks) that is coveted in LBs in today’s game. White shows the toughness and intelligence to be successful in defending the run, while also being athletic enough to keep up with RBs and TEs in the passing game.

Some believe White may not be a perfect fit to Bettcher scheme since he would fill a role already filled on the roster by Alec Ogletree in the base 3-4. I do not share in this opinion because for a defense starved of talent, nobody should be looking past a game-changing player who has many versatile talents. The reason the forecast is moderate is solely for two reasons, one being multiple reports believe Tampa Bay loves White and second, the Giants are starving for an edge rusher. If he makes it to 6th overall the Giants will have a long discussion about pulling the trigger but I believe we won’t get the chance to find out the answer because he goes to the Bucs.

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Edge-Montez Sweat (Mississippi State) Forecast: High

If you are looking to build a prototype for an ideal Edge rusher you would have Sweat in mind. He has measured slightly below 6-foot-6 and an even 260 pounds. Sweat has the length and size to maintain the edge defending the run and keeping blockers off him when rushing the passer. Sweat also has great straight-line explosion shown by his 4.41 40-yard dash and impressive broad jump measures at the NFL combine. Sweat is not just a workout warrior, he has produced 22 sacks and 29.5 TFL in his college career. The concern with Sweat is his lateral quickness and flexibility which could lead to issues in space. I believe Sweat will be available at 6th overall and is the favorite to land with Big Blue.

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DL-Ed Oliver (Houston) Forecast: Moderate

Oliver is a slightly undersized interior defensive lineman at 6-foot-2 and 281 pounds, but has elite athletic ability. Oliver tested in the 98th percentile in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump among defensive lineman. What’s even more impressive than his explosion drills is his ability to change direction. Oliver ran a 4.19 short shuttle, which was better than the likes of Saquan Barkley and Julio Jones.

Some may question the lack of elite production in college, but Oliver spent much time at Houston as a nose guard which seemed to put him out of position. If the Giants were to select him he would most likely be slotted as a starter in a 5-tech defensive end position. If the Raiders do not select a QB, I could see them making a decision between Williams and Oliver. The odd man out might make his way to the Giants.

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QB-Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) Forecast: Low

I know this is not what a good portion of the Giants fan base wants to see. You must be wondering how could a team who needs to find its next franchise QB have a low probability of picking one 6th overall. The truth is we must take off our rose-colored franchise QB glasses and be honest about this class. Outside of Kyler Murray, none of these QBs should be a top 10 pick in my opinion. Haskins had tremendous success in his one year as a full-time starter posting 50 TD 8 Int on 70% Comp. What I like most about Haskins is the way he carries himself and the accuracy he displays on intermediate throws.

Unfortunately, Haskins has two things going against him, his lack of sample size (22 games) and flaws in his mechanics. There is also an NBC report by Peter King saying Haskins could be the 4th QB selected. I do not buy that Haskins will drop that far, but I feel the desire for an impact defensive player will draw the Giants away from QB with the 6th overall pick. This is not a hit piece on Haskins and doesn’t state he can’t develop into a franchise QB. I do believe if Haskins were to get out of the top 8, I could see the Giants possibly looking to move up using their second first round pick (17th overall). This could be possible by trading with either a team like the Bills (9th overall) or Miami (13th overall) to grab the next franchise QB. Dave Gettleman has connections with Bills GM Brandon Beane and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a call on draft day. Miami could be tanking for Tua and may be willing to trade back to acquire assets.

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QB-Drew Lock (Missouri) Forecast: Low

Another signal caller who I believe has a low chance of being selected 6th overall. Although I believe it is a low chance to hear Locks name with the Giants pick, I believe he is higher on the Giants draft board than that of Haskins. This could be due to his athletic ability and elite arm talent. The Giants may view Lock as having a higher ceiling. Drew Lock has a large sample size (50 games) and posted pretty solid numbers this past season with 28 TD 8 Int 63% Comp.

Lock still has his flaws though, his decision-making and play against his top competition has lacked at times causing concerns to arise. The Giants could shock people including myself and pick Lock or Haskins 6th overall, I just don’t see it. I could see a similar scenario to Haskins described above, about Lock getting outside the top 8. If that were to occur and the Giants were interested in the gunslinger, they might have to move up to 9th overall to get ahead of John Elway and the Broncos to grab Lock.

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Edge-Brian Burns (Florida State) Forecast: High

Burns is my dark horse pick for the Giants at 6th overall. The Giants have been adamant about getting an impact defensive player and more specifically a pass rusher. “We all want pass rush,” Shurmur said at the NFL Coaches Breakfast earlier this month. “And we all want guys that can affect the quarterback. Being an offensive coach, I know how difficult it is for a quarterback to function when he’s being rushed. So on the flip side of that it’s safe to say we need to get someone that will affect the quarterback.”

Burns fits the bill by being one of the more polished pass rushers in the draft, posting over 68 QB pressures (sacks, hits, and hurries combined) in 2018. Burns is also a smooth athlete, who has good agility that will allow him to be comfortable in space if ever needed to drop in coverage. The flaw to Burns game so far? He is not great against the run and seems at times to be overpowered at the point of attack.

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Edge-Rashan Gary (Michigan) Forecast: Moderate

To me, Gary seems to be a Boom or Bust prospect. Gary is another pass rushing prospect that showed flashes of elite ability but hampered by a lot of inconsistency. From a production standpoint, Gary had his best year in 2017 by posting 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 13 games. Gary was hampered by injuries in 2018, only allowing him to play 9 games and having 3.5 sacks.

Now from an athletic standpoint, Gary is one of the top prospects in the draft. At 277 lbs, Gary ran the third fastest 40-yard dash (among defensive lineman) and showed smooth athleticism at the combine for a man his size. If the Giants were to select him at 6th overall, It would feel like a Reese selection banking more on his athleticism and not on elite production.

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With so many different scenarios and possibilities that can occur on draft day, it brings a great uncertainty on who will be the next player wearing Big Blues colors. Now I know I said this article was not a mock draft, and that we would only dive into potential targets likelihood of landing with the Giants. I cant help myself though. Below is the pick I would make if I was running the Giants, The likely pick that will happen, and the pick that will make me nervous. These picks are going off the assumption of how I view the first 5 picks of the Draft will go. That means Murray, Bosa, Allen, Williams, and White are off the board.

Ideal Pick: Brian Burns (FSU)

Likely Pick: Montez Sweat (Miss St)

Questionable Pick: Rashan Gary (Michigan)