The New York Giants will have a different group of safeties in 2015. We have known that for a while now. Today, let's look at an undrafted player who hopes to make enough of an impression to be part of that group. Let's talk about strong safety Justin Currie as we continue our look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2014 Season in Review
Currie had 339 tackles in his career at Western Michigan. He played in 47 games with 37 starts, starting all 37 possible games from his sophomore to senior seasons. He recorded five interceptions, 14 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He had more than 100 tackles in each of his final two seasons at Western Michigan, including 105 as a senior.
2015 Season Outlook
The Giants signed the 6-foot-2, 204-pound Currie as an undrafted free agent. TFY Draft Insider said this about Currie in a scouting report:
"Tough, run-defending safety best making plays up the field. Aggressive, displays a burst of closing speed and works hard to get involved in the action. ... has the size and style to be used as a traditional strong safety and comes with a special-teams mentality."
Barring injuries, Currie would seem to have a difficult road to a roster spot in New York. There are five Giants' draft choices ahead of him on the depth chart, Landon Collins (2015, 2nd), Mykkele Thompson (2015, 5th), Nat Berhe (2014, 5th), Cooper Taylor (2013, 5th), Bennett Jackson (2014, 6th) as well as veteran free agent signee Josh Gordy. Like it or not, draft choices always have an advantage over undrafted players simply because of the investment a team has made. Still, none of those players is a proven NFL safety. If Currie is impressive enough during training camp and the preseason the Giants can and will find a place for him.