The New York Giants are another case of a team with a high pick but they already have a franchise quarterback in place. New York believes that Daniel Jones is their future, and they won’t be in the mix to take a signal-caller in this part of the draft. Like the Redskins a few picks before, that means they can focus on addressing a need with the best available player.
In this case, that player is Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons. Linebacker is clearly a need for the Giants, as shown by their signings of former Packers Kyler Fackrell and Blake Martinez. Still, New York will want to add a young staple to the mix that can play in the Big Apple for years to come. Coming from Clemson, Simmons will not shy away from the national spotlight that comes from the New York media.
Simmons shined for the Tigers in multiple successful seasons at multiple positions. He played slot corner, safety and linebacker at Clemson, though he will enter the NFL as a clear LB prospect. His play as a linebacker last season (102 tackles, 16 for loss, eight sacks, three interceptions, nine pass breakups) earned him the Butkus Award win.
During a National Championship season in 2018, Simmons racked up 89 total tackles, nine of which went for a loss. He also had an interception returned for a touchdown, seven pass breakups and three forced fumbles.
The ability that Simmons has playing bot zone and man coverage will be a coach’s dream in the NFL as they will utilize those skills to disguise their coverages. He is viewed as a Pro Bowl-caliber player that will have a long and fruitful NFL career.