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2016 NFL Draft: Giants have talked to Deon Bush, but should they draft him?

Can Miami's Deon Bush fill the Giant's void at free safety?

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to a lean year for safety help and a rash of injuries, the New York Giants found themselves in dire straits at the safety position in 2015.

Rookie Landon Collins started out roughly but improved tremendously as the year went on. However, he just isn't a free safety and is much better playing downhill than roaming the middle of the field. If the Giants want to improve their defense, they will need to find a player who can lock down the back end of their defense.

In 2008, they had a similar problem and drafted Miami's Kenny Phillips for the second year of Steve Spagnuolo's defense.

Could the Giants go back to the Miami well for another safety?

Measurables

Pros

  • Prototypical size for a free safety, rangy athlete
  • Very physical safety. Bush seems to relish delivering the big hit.
  • Great closing burst. Makes decisions quickly and commits fully, closing on the ball or ball carrier in a blink
  • Played all over the field. Played center field, run support, and as a blitzer
  • Good, and willing, special teamer
  • High motor player, always seems to be flying to the ball

Cons

  • Aggressive play sometimes gets him in trouble.
  • Needs to be a more consistent tackler. Occasionally goes for the big hit, only to bounce off and allow more yards after contact
  • Can struggle some in man coverage, better in a zone.

Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

CBS - 216th overall

Draft Tek - 88th overall

Does He Fit with The Giants?

Absolutely.

Not only would Bush automatically be the best free safety on the roster by virtue of being the only one healthy, but his versatility and aggressive play would fit in perfectly with Steve Spagnuolo's defense. Ideally, Spags loves to disguise coverages and send pressure from unexpected angles. Thanks to injuries at ever level of the defense in 2015, that couldn't happen. However, if they can field a consistent personnel grouping, Bush's ability to cover one play and come screaming on a blitz the next would be a great fit.

Final Thoughts

Deon Bush isn't one of the most highly rated safeties right now. His stock seems to have dropped as his production dipped from 2014 to 2015. However, he has traits that should fit well with the Giants' defense. It seems likely that Spags would love Bush's versatility, blitzing experience, and aggressive play.

He might not be the answer at free safety, and the Giants would hopefully address the position before the draft. However, it wouldn't be a terrible thing to suddenly find out that the Giants have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young, athletic, safeties.