It’s been too long since the Giants had a great pass rusher
Like many NFL teams the New York Giants have done a good job of drafting certain positions but have failed to replace other positions on their roster.
One of the Giants’ most glaring needs that they’ve been unable to fix has been at the edge rusher position. When looking at their history in drafting pass rushers, they’ve whiffed on way too many. Let’s look at their history of selecting edge rushers within the first three rounds in the past.
- 2019 – DE Oshane Ximines (3rd round)
- 2018 – DE Lorenzo Carter (3rd round)
- 2015 – DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (3rd round)
- 2013 – DE Demontre Moore (3rd round)
- 2010 – DE Jason Pierre-Paul (1st round)
Of course we still don’t know how good Ximines and Carter will be since they’re recent draft picks, but by looking at the Giants’ efforts to get a pass rusher within the first three rounds over the past several years, the last time they actually selected a difference maker was in 2010 when they drafted Jason Pierre-Paul.
I don’t know if the Giants aren’t prioritizing the pass rusher position enough or if they’re just failing to add someone who can help them within the first three rounds. It’s obvious that both Jerry Reese and Dave Gettleman have been having their issues with improving the Giants’ roster, but this is one glaring issue that they need to get right if they’re going to contend in the near future.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Gettleman and the Giants choose to add an edge rusher in free agency of the draft this offseason. 11 years has been way too long since they’ve added a top-end pass rusher either in the draft or free agency.
Even when looking at free agency, the last good pass rusher the Giants signed was Olivier Vernon, who they of course traded a couple of years ago.
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