Giants need a pass rusher desperately
As great as defensive coordinator Patrick Graham made the New York Giants’ defense look in 2020, their biggest glaring need was an edge rusher that puts fear into the hearts of opposing offenses.
Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus has released a list of early and late round fits for every NFL team.
When it comes to the Giants, Renner has Michigan edge rusher Kwity Paye as an early round fit and Elerson Smith of Northern Iowa as a late round fit. Here’s what he wrote:
NEW YORK GIANTS: EDGE DEFENDER
Early-Round Fit: Kwity Paye, Michigan
Later-Round Fit: Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa
Paye is Edge1 on the PFF board and the only one that makes sense at pick 11 in our eyes. He told us he dropped weight to around 260 pounds to play on the edge in the NFL. That would be ideal in the Giants scheme. Smith is around 260 as well and impressed at the Senior Bowl, where he was the second-highest-graded defensive lineman in attendance. Still, because of his competition level, the Giants could possibly snag him early on Day 3.
Paye would be a good option for the Giants in the first round if they’re unable to get an offensive weapon for quarterback Daniel Jones like Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle or even Kyle Pitts.
With so much invested in Jones, the Giants have to get him more weapons for 2021.