One of the few big needs that the New York Giants have going into the draft will be safety. Even with what they have right now, it's still worth a look at a free safety with the ability to cover. Although this draft is pretty light on great safeties, there are still a few with some upside. Derron Smith is one such player, so let's look at him in more detail.
- Instinctive and smart, will fly to the ball
- Does a good job of tracking the ball in flight
- Fantastic range and has great coverage ability
- Aggressive play-maker with huge production
- Fiery competitor
- Small build with tiny sub-30-inch arms
- Won't hold up in man-to-man coverage against larger TEs
- Is not a good tackler. Not Gerod Holliman bad, but goes for highlight reel tackles instead of wrapping up.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Yes. The Giants are a transformed team when they have a competent single high safety. The Giants do have some personnel that can try and play Cover 1 but it's important to have depth and upside and that's what Smith would bring. He's not perfect, but the range he brings is outstanding.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 72
Mocking The Draft - Not in top 100
CBS Sports - 75
Draft Tek - 125
Smith is NOT a complete player. He has a lot of work to do in terms of run defense and needs to work on his tackling. However, in a league that is desperate for a player with the ability to play single high well and protect a team that wants to go Cover 1, Smith's stock will be pushed up. I've got him as a solid third- to fourth-round caliber player but it's very easy to envision him going in Round 2 because of the position he plays.