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2016 NFL free agency: Under-the-radar defensive ends the Giants might pursue

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Let's throw a few more names into the hopper for the Giants at defensive end.

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While the New York Giants are searching high and low for pass rushers here are a couple of under-the-radar possibilities, one of whom the Giants have reportedly already shown an interest in.

Derrick Shelby

A Miami Dolphins defensive end? Everyone, justifiably, is focused on the guy most analysts think is the biggest catch among free-agent defensive ends, Miami's Olivier Vernon. His bookend with the Dolphins, Derrick Shelby, can also be a free agent. The 27-year-old Shelby is a four-year veteran who joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent made eight of his nine career starts during the 2015 season. He played regularly all season, however, playing 834 snaps, registering 3.5 sacks, 37 tackles and two forced fumbles.

Pro Football Focus gave Shelby a grade of 82.9, slightly higher than the 81.8 registered by Jason Pierre-Paul. considers Shelby a potential value signing:

Derrick Shelby might not be a household name, but he had one of the NFL's most overlooked contract-year pushes as Cameron Wake's replacement down the stretch last season. A stout run defender with exceptionally strong hands, Shelby also made a habit of bulldozing linemen into the quarterback's lap as a disruptive interior force on third downs. Although he lacks the speed to emerge as a premier edge rusher, Shelby is a versatile defensive lineman just entering the prime of his career.

Adrian Clayborn

With the free agency "Tampering" window ongoing, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Giants are "lurking" among teams interested in Clayborn.

Clayborn, 27, suffered a torn bicep in 2014 and played in only one game. He played all 16 games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 and had three sacks. He had 5.5 sacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. Clayborn was a 2011 first-round pick by the Buccaneers,

SB Nation's Stephen White, a former NFL defensive lineman, isn't sure about Clayborn's fit with the Giants.

"He looked better as a pass rushing DT with the Falcons than a DE. Problem is he can only play well on the right side because of that situation with his arms, but most teams would want a speed rusher over at RDE while he is more of a power guy."

William Hayes

Hayes, 31, is another defensive end the Giants have apparently expressed interest in. Hayes had 5.5 sacks for th eSt. Louis Rams in part-time duty last season, playing 597 snaps. Pro Football Focus gave Hayes a grade of 85.8, just below the 86.9 of highly sought-after defensive tackle Malik Jackson.

Pete Prisco of CBS lists Shelby as one of the top under-the-radar players in this free agent class:

Hayes is a heck of a player for a backup, although he did get 20 starts the past two seasons because of injury issues with Chris Long. Hayes responded with 9.5 sacks in those two seasons and plenty of pressures.

Hayes turns 31 in May, so age is a bit of an issue, but he plays hard, can push the pocket and he's good against the run. He won't get a mega-deal, but he is certainly worth signing for any team looking for edge-rush help.

Some will say playing next to great players has helped him, and maybe that's true to some extent, but he plays hard all the time and wins in a lot of one-on-one situations.