The Giants need some reinforcements along the defensive line. Despite solid signings in free agency of defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis and defensive end George Selvie, more depth is needed, and another pass rusher will help defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo protect inexperienced safeties. Before identifying six candidates the Giants will consider drafting in rounds 2 to 7, lets discuss one who will not be drafted in round 1 – Randy Gregory. Repeating, the Giants will not draft Randy Gregory if he is available at pick 9.
Gregory, the talented, but troubled hybrid defensive end/linebacker from Nebraska was a presumed top 10 pick until his draft stock started slipping after a positive marijuana test at the combine was brought to light. His explanation of the positive test is what makes him a poor match for the Giants. Gregory claims he was heavily smoking pot until December to cope with anxiety and although he stopped in anticipation of the test at the Scouting Combine, the THC levels in his system were still high enough to register the positive test. He will fall out of the top 10 as a result.
In reviewing the Nolan Nawrocki draft guide, 13 total prospects fit the profile of draft-able for the Giants. After reviewing their statistics, strength, and weaknesses, Giants360 narrowed the list down to the 6 we think best fit. The remaining 7 are listed at the end of the article, in case Jerry Reese sees their skill differently than us. We will, of course, monitor their NFL careers, anxious to prove our scouting acumen correct. It’s a slippery slope, watching a prospect we like being drafted by another team and succeeding (Joel Bittonio, the Nevada guard, drafted by Cleveland just 8 slots before the Giants took Weston Richburg, was last year’s favorite).
Without further delay, here’s today’s six pack: