One of the players the Giants are linked to in many mock drafts for the second or third round is Alabama outside linebacker, Anfernee Jennings.
The New York Giants‘ defense was horrendous in 2019. Although they signed several players that will help the team in 2020, there won’t be a difference unless they build through the draft. One player that could significantly help the G-Men over the next several years is Anfernee Jennings out of The University of Alabama.
Jennings has been linked to the Giants in several mock drafts as a potential pick in the second or third round and for good reason. I am a student at Alabama and everyone I asked who is involved with the football program said the same thing about Jennings.
Jennings is like a coach on the field, he knows the playbook like the back of his hand and he is a great communicator. They also said that Anfernee was the most widely respected and feared player on Alabama’s roster, which is a lofty compliment on a team full of stars.
Aside from who Jennings is off the field/in the locker room, he’s also a great player. After redshirting his freshman year, Jennings played four seasons at Alabama, starting in three of them.
During his senior season, Jennings made a total of 83 tackles, 12.5 for a loss including eight sacks. In addition to this, he also had an interception and forced a fumble.
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Jennings has been described as a workhorse and everyone at Alabama seems to think his play will translate well to the next level. However, if the New York Giants take Isaiah Simmons with the fourth overall pick, would it be worth it to go after Jennings or to use the pick on a different position?
The answer to that question is likely not, but it has become increasingly likely that the Giants go with an offensive tackle like Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills or maybe even Chase Young if he miraculously falls to fourth. However, someone like Anfernee Jennings could become a possibility after the first round.
If Big Blue ends up picking Jennings they’ll get a steal of a player. He is someone who they know will put in the work and know what his role is.
Should the Giants pick someone other than an edge rusher with the fourth overall pick, Anfernee Jennings should be a player they consider in the second or third rounds.