For the second straight year, the Giants decided to pass on a big-time defensive player with their top draft pick. Last year it was Kentucky’s Josh Allen and this year it was Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons. Instead, the Giants picked up their quarterback of the future, Daniel Jones, and his right-side blocker Andrew Thomas.
In his first season with Jacksonville, Allen posted 10.5 sacks. Last season, the Giants sack leader Markus Golden posted 10. That could’ve been a dynamic duo, but the Giants chose to put their focus on rebuilding the offense.
The Giants’ biggest problem is that after Golden, the pass rush threat is almost non-existent. There were plenty of big names available in the offseason, including Jadeveon Clowney, the biggest free agent still available.
Unfortunately, he looks likely to want way more money than the Giants would be willing to commit to a single player. General manager Dave Gettleman seems settled with the defensive line, signing two linebackers Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell and a defensive back in James Bradberry as the only defensive signings this offseason. However, the Giants didn’t address the pass rush situation until the sixth and seventh rounds of the draft.
This being said, the Giants could definitely use someone to fill that void and help out the pass rush going forward.